Post # 1
Hi UK brides,
Thanks to a little 3 hr a week job I’ve landed recently, Mr Farmerfen & I will have a photographer after all. Yippee!
We’re interested in an ‘images-only’ package…we’re choosing to put our money into capturing the shots themselves, rather than on the printing/album-ing. (which we will do ourselves). Our budget is £1000 (which, to us, is huge, esp considering our overall budget for a 100 guest wedding is ~£7000, eek!).
In my research so far on UK photographers, I’m finding the number of images one generally gets on a disc is considerably fewer than what seems to be the US ‘norm’. One photographer, for instance will do images-only for us and is estimating we’ll end up with ~150 shots. 5 hours of shooting. 150 images? Seems really low to me. (Maybe he means he’ll only touch-up 150 shots?) Hmm. I’m a bit confused.
What have you all found?
Post # 3
Hmm, that does seem low to me. Generally I think that it means when you get the proofs (before retouching) that you can select 150 to have retouched and any additional photos you want retouched will cost more. Is that something that you’d be able to budget for? Although it really does depend on how much more an extra retouch would cost…..
I’m afraid I can’t help you much. I’m having a mate of FH’s do our “official” photographs and my sister is studying photography so it’s a great chance for her to build her portfolio. But going to the universities and seeing if there’s any students who’re studying who want to build up their credits is a good money saver (they tend to be much cheaper as well!).
Hope that helps!
Post # 4
Thanks, littlemissmoo…just nice to know it’s not just ‘me’. We’ll be going to meet the guy so I’ll ask more questions and find out.
We are both educators, so were very much into the idea of finding a up-and-coming photographer, as a way to help someone build their portfolio. And this was our plan before I got this little job. Also, as many of my family and friends from No America won’t be able to make it, we realised that having GOOD photos became more important to us.
Good for you for supporting ‘the next generation’, so to speak.
Post # 5
I think that sounds really low. To me that would almost have to mean he’d take tons and touch up/finish those 150. I would just ask around to make sure.
Post # 6
I was a bit worried about that too
Our photographer, said we would have 10 photos from our pre-wedding shoot and something like 150 or so for the wedding – but what we had for the pre-wedding one is more like 25 which are amazing and all corrected, with stunning colours as well as black and white versions too. the difference between the original pics and the photoshopped ones is amazing – and it’s mostly the colours which have been brought to life.
He also gave us a DVD with all the images on too (a few hundred), and we were able to get him to do some more of them we liked.
I think it will probably be the same for the wedding too.
hope that helps. to be honest the thought of having to choose between 20 versions of the same photo afterwards fills me with horror!
Post # 7
I’ve booked an up-and-coming photographer here in the UK and she did an engagement shoot with us so I could see how many images we would get and the quality. She was lovely, spent all day with us and sent a DVD with a huge number of images – I can’t remember exactly but well over 50, for an engagement shoot. For the wedding she hasn’t guaranteed any number of pictures but I know she takes lots and I’ve seen two weddings she shot on Rock ‘n Roll Bride and there were probably at least 30-40, so I would assume that there were a lot more that didn’t get posted.
Her name’s Emma Case and she’s super lovely, definitely worth checking out. She has much more of a sort of detail and emotion oriented style of photography, a lot like you see on US wedding blogs (Max Wanger, Tec Petaja etc), totally different than all the other UK based photographers I contacted who were really traditional and wanted to focus on portraits and family photos and didn’t do any interesting post-processing of the images afterwards. Google “emma case photography” and you’ll find her blog, I highly recommend her – and she’s such a nice girl I am actually really looking forward to just hanging out and chatting with her on the morning of the wedding!
Post # 8
Where in the UK are you? Feel free to PM me that if you want. I have a few colleagues/friends over there that do good stuff and if not them, they know more photographers.
One thing I learned attending FOCUS on imaging in Birmingham, UK… is that many UK photographers are stuck in the “Old Times.” SOME are learning a lot from the US and Australian market and helping to advance the “standard” in the UK. It wouldn’t surprise me if it IS 150 shots in the end!
Let me know where you are and I might know someone nearby that is “americanized” a bit.
Post # 9
That is low. I am having all of my images on a disk with the photographer there for at least 5 hours. He has told us we can expect 300-400 shots. x