(Closed) Did my photographers rip me off?

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: 2 photographers for 2-3 hours = 64 edited photos
    Sounds like a fair amount to me : (2 votes)
    3 %
    Not great but not bad enough to get worked up about : (17 votes)
    27 %
    Wow, you got ripped off sister! : (43 votes)
    69 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    1901 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    They should have given you a lot more photos if they shot for 3 hours and there were two of them. They should have been able to shoot at least 100 per hour!

    Post # 4
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    1765 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    Yeah, this just screams rip-off to me.

    I would write back and ask why their photo count is so low for weddings, and why they think that a rehearsal dinner would automatically require 67% less photos–all they were hired to do is take pictures of the guests. I would try to be polite about it, but that’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve heard. Most photogs say they’ll have about 90-120 photos an hour, so what is the deal?

    Post # 5
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    2476 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I take more than 64 photos at ANY major event myself (on my point and shoot camera)!  I would have been really upset too.  My photog promised us about 1200-1500 shots for 10 hours of work, which means about 120-150 pics/hour.  You definitely should have gotten more pics!  I’m glad you didn’t hire them for your wedding, phew! 

    Post # 6
    Member
    7975 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    definitely sucks to pay $4 an image PLUS have the quality stink 🙁

    BUT … sounds like the contract was pretty lacking in details, so what can you do after the fact? I kind of feel like if expectations aren’t in writing and agreed to by both parties, we’re just asking for disaster.

    Still stinks though 🙁 Hopefully they’ll be understanding and work with you to do what they can to compensate you better after all.

    Post # 7
    Member
    5399 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Shoot, I got close to 2,000 for my wedding so I would tell them that what they think is fair is not and they need to give you ALL of your photos, edited or not!

    Post # 8
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    383 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    64 pictures over a 2-3 our span? That is just pathetic!! To put it in perspective, I am in a photography class right now and I shot over 90 pictures on Sunday alone for my assignment… in about 30 minutes!

    I would be really upset, too. Look at it this way, though; while I know you are out $275 and feel you are ripped off at least these idiots didn’t photograph your wedding! Only 200-300 photos in a 8 hour span? I feel bad for the people who had these 2 shoot their “DAY.” I would be irate if that was all I got.

    Post # 9
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    2066 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Ugh.  Not good.  Obviously you were expecting one thing and they thought they were hired to do something else.  Be relieve they didn’t shoot your wedding!

    Post # 10
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    10218 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2010

    Okay I chose the first option but only because it wasn’t in the contract.  Did you tell the photographer before hand that you wanted shots of and with all of your guests? I agree that it is a low amount but maybe you can go back and tell the photographer that you would like different black and white pictures instead of the same ones that you have in color, perhaps that will give you more variety.  Also many of your guests may have brought digital cameras with them so you can send out feelers to see if they have any shots.  I’m sure they do… ((HUGS))

    Post # 11
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    11325 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    I do think that you were wronged… but I’m not sure there is much you can do about it. I would understand if they didn’t want to edit more photos than that, but there should BE more photos that they should give you. What the heck were they doing for 3 hours?? On the other hand, the fee you paid was really really small for 2 photogs for 2-3 hours, so I am not at all surprised. I’m really sorry this happened and that you’re so disapointed. I hope that you are happier with your wedding photos.

    Post # 12
    Member
    357 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    I hired our photographer to do a mother-daughter session last year as a trial before the wedding.  She shot for 3 hours, there were two wardrobe changes and two locations…and I got three discs with around 1500 images on them.  Not all of them were edited, but about 75 were edited…and I paid $300. 

    I think that you got ripped off, but since their contract sounds like it was vague, I’m not sure what you can do about it.  I would contact them again and politely ask again for the rest of your images…

    Post # 13
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    2030 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    I guess I’m the lone dissenter but I think you got a pretty normal deal. My husbandf and I just had a 2 hour anniversary shoot and paid $500 and got about 75 images. When we did our engagement photos, we did a 2 hour shoot, spent a fortune, and got about 80 images. Your package sounds similar to those we got.

    Post # 14
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    3125 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2009

    it sounds like you may be out of luck, as far as the contract goes, but word of mouth goes a long way and they should make a good faith effort to produce more than 30 photos apiece for 3 hours of work.  That is pathetic – like the other posters said – I shoot WAY more than that on a regular basis.  And since they’re professional, apparently, they probably have all of their photoshop presets for their editing, so really it sounded like they just brushed you off.  I would pursue it if i were you, but not with a lawyer, with stern and honest words. 

    Did the pics look good, at least?

    Post # 15
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    3125 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2009

    can i revote? i just thought about it, and that means they took 10 usable pics per person per hour.  So maybe once or twice, every 10 minutes, they took their camera and got a candid.  That’s horrible.  Did they sit at the buffet and pig out for 2.5 hours and then shoot the rest really fast at the end?

    Post # 16
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    1011 posts
    Bumble bee

    I think it’s possible that this couple was not that experieinced and that they took hundreds more photos.  The only ones that were of high enough quality to give you were the 62 photos.  You did not contract for unedited images, so there’s no way to know how many of those they shot.

    I guess a good rule of thumb would be to ask to see all the unedited images from a photographer’s shoot and the resulting edited images from the same shoot.

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