Post # 1
We are having a semi-destination wedding with 6 guests. The place I have picked out has an amazing photographer which I am thrilled about as I was searching long and hard for a photographer. Pictures are something that are a huge deal for me, however the package only has 30 photos for the ceremony session (one hour), and I can add on another hour and another 30 photos if I wish. The problem is, pictures are a big big deal to me, and I feel like a ceremony plus formals afterwards with parents in 2 hours could take up much more than 60 photos. I don’t feel like adding ANOTHER hour on just to get another 30 photos when I really don’t feel like we need the extra time, but it seems like my only option if I go with the photographer in the package. It is a husband and wide duo and I really want to get married at this particular spot because I searched a long time before finding this place, so I don’t feel like using a different photographer would be an option. Plus he does amazing work.
What do you guys think… 60 photos for a ceremony and formals not enough? Or will it do? We had 55 good ones for our engagement session, and obviously there was no ceremony or family to share the photos with. I’m totally stuck. Advice please!!!
Post # 3
It would depend on the size of your family… and how many family portraits you will have. I think it’s too few. I would add another hour to get more photos.
Post # 4
My wedding was very similar to yours. It ended up taking about 2 hours for the before shots, ceremony, and after group pictures. I ended up getting 160 back, and even though some of them were essentially the same shot at a slightly different angle, I don’t think they could have been reduced to only 60 shots without missing some of the important parts. If the pictures are important to you, I would add the extra hour and shots (even though I still don’t think you would be getting enough pictures). It may be worthwhile to look around for another photographer 🙁
Post # 5
Thanks guys. I definitely agree. I have been in contact with other photographers in the time being, and while they do offer muh larger packages, they are a tad notch less quality and such. However I am still very open to finding a different photographer, but it is such a down fall that I would still be going to HIS business as it is a husband and wife duo. They are so nice and everything else is so great, I don’t know why this one huge detail has to be out of place! I have emailed twice to ask about 100 photos, but no response… And I am trying to avoid calling. Fingers crossed I hear good news back!
just one last request for opinions… If I decide to go with a different photographer altogether, do you think I should boycott this venue altogether to avoid the awkwardness? :/
Post # 6
That seems strange to put a cap on the photos. If you are shooting for 2 hours you should get back however many pictures came out. My Fiance is a photographer sometimes you get a ton of photos, sometimes just average. But he never says “Oh I think thats enough, I have reach X amount.” I would maybe see why there is a limit? Our E-pics was like a hour maybe hour and half and we recieved like 75 (didn’t include any of the light testing or bad ones).
And are you allowed to bring in a different photographer? If so, they if you do decide to go with someone else I wouldn’t change venues. The old photographer won’t be there so no awkwardness. And if they question your decision limiting your pictures is crazy.
Post # 7
60 pictures for 2 hours is definitely not enough. Just as an example, our engagement pictures were an hour and I got back over 300 pictures.
Post # 8
@mrsgantz: Is there a way you could have the photographer for 3-4 hours so that you could get more pictures from your photographer? 60 doesn’t seem like a lot for a wedding even if it is a small destination wedding. I would maybe look at other photographers that might give you the option for more photographs. 🙂 Good luck.
Post # 9
I shoot unlimited at my weddings. I provide anywhere between 300-500 for final images on an 8 hour day. Hope that will help you for 2 hours. A 30 minute engagement session OR portrait session I provide at least 40-50 images…. I think it’s strange to only get that few photos for 2 hours for a ceremony and formals.
Post # 10
So if there are more then 60 awesome shots – does he hold them hostage? or … throw them away? I don’t get it. Pictures happen – you can’t really put a number on them…
Post # 11
I definitely would find someone who can do more or pay for more photos but I’m not sure I would bring a different photog to the original’s venue…I’d have to REALLY love the venue & not be able to find ANYTHING comparable to decide that awkwardness would be worth it.
Post # 12
@suburbian: LOL holds them hostage. hahaha
I don’t know much about whether thats “enough” shots, but it does seem on the low side. If photos are very important to you, I’d try to up the number just so you don’t look back and feel like you’re missing out.
Post # 13
Thanks again for all your replies!
I have finally heard back (they were out of town) and they have agreed to do 30 more photos for a small fee, for a total of 90. I think I will settle with that given the fact I like the venue and photographer so much, and we will be having another photographer when we have our celebration party at home.
I am getting married in Niagara Falls, Canada, which is basically the Canadian wedding version of Vegas… So many venues are very cheesy and vegas like… the last thing I want! This place is not cheesy at all, its a brand new beautiful, classy place at an amazing price due to the fact that I am getting married on a Wednesday afternoon!
I feel this photographer is normally much more expensive on full day weddings outside of his business, but given the nature of the weddings held here, he probably just gives a small elopement packages to meet the needs of most of the clients. It makes sense I guess.
@suburbian: This was my question exactly!! Lol. Surely there cant be a count on the photos taken, so I literally asked in my email what would happen if there were 80 great photos taken, would I miss out on 20? That question wasn’t responded to haha.