Post # 1
In the process of hiring a photpgraher… What are must have answers?
Don’t have the contract in my email, but from the top of my head contract says:
- contract is for all day photography
- unlimited photos
- we will get discs of all photos, full resolution
- print release of all photos
- professional edits of maybe 50 photos
- photos will be stored on his server for 2 years just in case we lose our photos
- 2 photographers (although he really means 1 photog and 1 lighting assistant)
- we need to point out “important” people in our wedding
Are we missing things we should ask him?! Insurance? etc?
Post # 3
@imnotorange: You can ask how long it will take to receive all your pictures so you know what to expect.
Post # 4
@TaraMay_: Ask him to define “professional edits.” You wan ALL of your images COLOR CORRECTED bare minimum, ideally also corrections for exposure, contrast etc. as well… if all but those 50 images are straight out of camera, RUN. If he means thos 50 images he will do retouching in addition to those basic corrections, (skin smoothing, blemish removal, removing distracting objects from backgrounds etc.) that is a good number.
Post # 5
OK, I got the contract: here’s what he says.
Full day service.
My full day service includes. Two Photographers/off camera custom light/full bridal, groom, family portraits. All photographs are included in the cost to be color corrected and print formatted.
Batch processing of all images
Proofs within one week of the wedding.
A full 25 images retouched for albums (client buys albums separately)
(25) images retouched within 2 weeks of the date of the selections.
15 DVDs for bride and grooms families.
Post # 6
@imnotorange: may I ask how much you’re paying? Depending on the price, I would expect more than just basic color correction for the lot of them…
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Post # 8
@imnotorange: Depending on the area, $2,000 is probably about right for what he’s offering. Editing hundreds and hundreds of images is the MOST time consuming part of any photographer’s work, which is why if you paid $3k+ I would have expected that to be delivered to you, otherwise you’re overpaying the guy. My only concerns for you are this:
Do you get to choose the 50 images? And if so can you ask for 100 so you at least have enough for an album? You just don’t want to be trying to create your own album with half edited photos and half just color corrected photos, as it wont be consistent. 100 is enough for a book if you can choose them…50 may or may not be. If you haven’t booked yet, you might have some room to negotiate 50 more images of your choice into the package and I think things will be okay.
That’s my best advice. Good luck!
Post # 9
@PassionatePhotoLady: thank you for your input!! i really appreciate it!