(Closed) So…whats the etiquitte of asking your photog for more pics?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

You just ask! I had a few shots that I specifically asked for that weren’t on the disc my photographer gave us. I asked her if she had them and she sent them over right away with no problem! I didn’t notice a problem with them so I wasn’t sure why they weren’t included in the first place but she had no problem turning it over. Good luck!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@Roe:  I was wondering the same thing!!! I know my photographer took a lot more than I was sent. I don’t care if they are unedited, I would just like to see them! 

I was afraid it might be rude to ask….

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Ask– see what’s up!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

If these moments are super important to you, you of course can ask.  I can never speak for other photographers, but there are many reasons why some photos are edited and some are not.  Since we do adjustments to every photo we hand over it isn’t feasible to present everything we took from the day.  In order to turn a profit on the amount of time it would take to process through so many photos we’d have to double our prices.  We spend more time editing than most photographers do anyways.  So some of our reasons for eliminating a photo would be- composition, sharpness, whether or not it’s flattering to the subjects, whether it’s relevant to the story of the day, and whether or not it has artistic merit.  

I would say probably one out of 15 weddings we shoot has someone request a photo that we didn’t show.  Most of the time it wasn’t one we ever took in the first place.  People have weird memories when it comes to their wedding days. The other scenario is it wasn’t flattering to the subjects or interesting, so it got rejected.

Photography is an art, and I would never ever turn over unfinished work, which is why even if you’d want to see the unedited photos we’d never show them.  Everything leaving our studio has to be suitable for printing to our standards.  The other thing to consider is how viewing these additional photos creates more work in uploading, hosting etc.

On behalf of all photographers, when you make requests for additional photos try to keep the requests limited to a few in number, and be very specific about what you are looking for.  Most of us are happy to try and find a handful more, but we’re also on to our next editing project so realize what you are asking for is more work.

To the OP, I think what you are asking for won’t be perceived as rude, you’re talking about 3 or 4 additional photos.  Be specific in your request and it’s fine.  If you start asking to see everything that they didn’t edit, then you’re opening up a new can of worms and I’m sure your photographer will appreciate not having to deal with that sort of request.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I’m confused as to what you were referring… they didn’t post them in your gallery, and the gallery was supposed to include ALL images? if that’s the case, maybe the photo didn’t come out right, got corrupted, had bad lighting, or wasn’t flattering at all. As a photographer, I think it’s better to give you ALL images that are usable. Some images, sadly, just don’t make the cut, and have to be erased. I personally take 2 or 3 shots of the pose, just in case 1 isn’t any good. Just politely ask her if she included all the photos. I’m sure she’ll give you a polite answer as well 🙂

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

I asked my photog for a few shots I thought he took but I didn’t see. He told me he most likely deleted them in camera at some point during the day. I didn’t really get why he would delete in camera unless they were really terrible misses but there were no more photos so I had to get over the getting ready shots I swore he took but I never saw.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

@slicey19:  This isn’t specifically related, but the number one cause of compact flash card file corruption is in camera deletion.  If you’ve ever heard a horror story about a photographer having corrupt files from a CF card this is the most common reason.  Never delete in camera!

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