(Closed) Am I crazy for thinking this is too much??

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
6891 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

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
412 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@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
11480 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

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 # 7
8 posts


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
1476 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

seems like you would get more for 200, if all of them is 500

Post # 9
14978 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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
2239 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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
133 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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 # 13
4335 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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
2239 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@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
1403 posts
Bumble bee

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.


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