Post # 1
My photographer includes a complimentary engagement shoot in all her wedding packages. However, if we want the digital images on a CD the prices are as follows:
All digital images from session = $500
THREE digital images from session = $200
ONE digital image = $75
The problem is Fiance and I don’t want all our images form the shoot, because we dont like a vast majority of the photos because they were taken from too far away (Note to self: no so many landscape type shots for my wedding). We only want about 40 digital images, but I can’t imagine how much that would cost if its $200 for only 3. Does this seem outrageous to anyone else? How much did you/are you paying for digital copies of your epics??
Post # 3
I’m not really sure the “norm” as our digital images and copyright were included by our photographer…regardless, $200 for THREE pictures seems high.
Post # 4
@BlissfulMrs: I feel like this isn’t really “complimentary” and is your photog’s way of actually charging for an engagement shoot, which, from the photogs I’m looking at range from 300-500. If that’s the price for 3 photos and you guys want 40, then it would just make sense to get the one with all of them inlcuded… We haven’t booked our photog yet so I can’t say, but the ones I’ve spoken with are around 300$ for the engagement shoot and that includes the digital copies
Post # 5
Our wedding photographer charged $875 for CDs with the digital images and the rights to all of our wedding pics (1,000+ shots.) I did not have an engagement shoot like the ones shown on WB. We just had portraits taken by a different photographer and paid a small sitting fee and a fee per photo based on the size of the photos.
Post # 6
@anchors_away: I didn’t think of it that way, but I think you’re right! So much for “complimentary”! If she’s not willing to budge, I may get one of my photographer friends to take some more pics so I can use it for my save the dates. I didn’t want to use her because I wasn’t planning on inviting her to my wedding : (. The good news is all digital images from the actual wedding are included in the package. I hope she’s willing to give us a deal, otherwise, I may need to rethink ordering a guestbook, 3 parents books, and my wedding album from her (which adds up to a whopping $2379)
Post # 7
You could perhaps ask for a smaller version suitable for printing a 4×6, but not suitable for printing a 30×40 and the photographer may be willing to work with you on that.
It does sound like, while this was a “complimentary” shoot, the photographer would like to make a decent amount of money on it for her time. Perhaps offer $400 for the 40 photos you want, full resolution, or ask if you can have the 40 photos and ask that they be 2000 pixels on the long side (suitable for a 4×6 save the date) for less. The photographer may be open to this, knowing that you can’t go get huge prints made from the photos.
Post # 8
seems like you would get more for 200, if all of them is 500
Post # 9
Sounds like a sleezy way for her to pocket another $500. Naturally no one is going to want JUST 3, and 3 for $200 is down right highway robbery, so most people probably just opt to get them all for $500. But even that is really high for an e-session. I usually see 200-300 for the 2 hr session and all pictures.
Post # 10
Its definitely not a sleazy way for a photographer to make extra money. If the photographer makes most of her money on print purchases, obviously the digital file will be expensive because you are much less likely to buy any prints. So they price them in a way that makes it so they do not lose out on whatever profit they might have made on prints.
Post # 11
Sounds over priced to me.. If i want the rights to my engagement photos, I pay a flat fee of $150 for all of them…
Post # 12
@elsco: I asked her this and her response was “I can certainly understand the need to stay within a budget, but it is not my policy to negotiate on the price of my copyrighted images”.
@kate169: I understand what you’re saying. However, I was planning on buying 3 parents albums($300 each), a guestbook ($350), and a 12×12 wedding album ($1700) plus tax. So atleast she could have tried to give us a deal.
Due to her inability to negotiate, I refuse to purchase all those albums, except maybe my wedding album… MAYBE. At this point I’d rather pay $500 for all the images from the shoot, and make my own guestbook and parents albums from a reputable website. This way I end up saving wayyyy more than a few $100. Her loss!
Post # 13
How much does she cost to begin with?
My photog was pricey, $2200, BUT that includes all the digital pictures and rights. If yours is way cheaper than that, then extra prices for all the images doesn’t sound that bad,
Post # 14
@BlissfulMrs: Does she not have packages that include a print credit or a certain amount of prints? Also, I think maybe her idea of negotiating or giving a discount could have been the free session fee? Unfortunately this is something that should be weighed when you choose a photographer.
Post # 15
I agree with Kate here. Your photographer is making a living and prices products accordingly to run a successful business. You should of known the pricing structure up front and perhaps should of selected a photographer that offered products more suited to what you were seeking and more suited to your budget. DIY albums, while less expensive, will not match the quality of a professionally printed product.
Post # 16
@red_rose: The package I chose is $2775 for 7 hrs, 3 tiny pocket books of about 6 images, DVD of wedding images and rights to those images, 2 photographers(one is a student) and “complimentary” engagement session. But we are getting a 5% military discount and 5% for booking early (not much but it helps).
@kate169: I went with this photographer becuase he did a really good job at my FI’s sister’s wedding last year, and she is super nice. Many of the other photogs I met with had ego problems, or were not as good as her. I understand we all have to make a living but this is a bit much. And i do admit that whlle Fiance and I understood the breakdown of the wedding items, we didn’t factor in engagement pics because at the time we weren’t sure we would do them, and she never included that page in our email correspondence. I looked into some other photographers in the area and they charge $200 – $350 including DVD and rights to the images, so I can’t help but feeling taken advantage.
@USER876: There is making a living and there’s being outrageous! I probably wouldn’t mind paying $500 for all the images if we liked the majority of them, but Fiance and I both hate a lot of the images because you can’t even see us in the photos.