(Closed) Did your photographer include every photo she took in your disc?

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: What pics were included on your disc? Also reply if you were happy with them or not and why

    Every photo they took and they were all edited

    Every photo they took and some were edited

    Only a select number of photos they took and they were all edited

    Only a select number of photos that they took and some were edited

  • Post # 3
    1314 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    We got back about 750 edited photos (honestly, I have no clue how many they actually took) over the 8 hours we hired the photographers for. I remember lots of shots taken that didn’t make it into the disc, but I never asked her about them. I assumed they were blurry, the lighting was wrong, or people’s eyes were closed or something else just wasn’t right about the photos. I trusted the photographer’s judgment on what was good enough to be presented to me in the final disc. However, I don’t see any harm in asking if you’re wondering about very specific shots.

    Post # 4
    4090 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I am receiving edited hotos from my photographers, so not all the photos taken.


    For the engagement photos, she took 200 photos (2 hours worth), but will put them online (the cleaned up version) and we select 20 of them for her to edit.  Then those will be ours on a disc.

    For the wedding photos, she took 700 photos (3 hours worth), and she will select 100 photos herself and edit them.  They will be on a disc.



    Post # 5
    7941 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    We recieved back 800 edited photos. With the 6+ hours of coverage I know there were more photos. According to my photographer friends they rarely send all the photos, especially the bad ones that are not up to par.

    Post # 6
    612 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2006

    Professionals only turn over work that meets a certain artistic standard.  That’s why you hire them.  If I edited every single photo I took, I would charge 4 times what I currently do, because that’s how much time would go into it.  

    Post # 7
    362 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @CharmBracelet:  I don’t know any professional photographers who deliver every image they shoot on a wedding day. I may shoot 2300 shots and deliver 600-700 edited images. I usually average 50-70 keepers per hour of coverage. Delivering every photo we take (including the bad ones with weird facial expressions, bad lighting, closed eyes, test shots of someone’s feet, etc) puts us in a bad spot if for whatever reason those images get seen by anyone else. There was a case recently where a photographer had a couple who paid extra to get all of the RAW, unedited files from their photographer (they were photographers too) and the photographer obliged and 7 years later, after some falling out between the couple and photographer, the couple posted ALL of these shots on facebook, made a blog post about it, etc basically to say “hey look how bad these shots are taken by this photographer who charged us $6,000 at the time and is now charging $10,000, what a fraud!” when in reality what everyone was seeing was all of the images that came straight out of his camera, not the epic, fully edited images he shows on his site/delivers to many clients. It’s a matter of protecting our brand and our name and not letting images out that don’t meet the standards we set. This is likely not something I would budge on.

    Post # 10
    7039 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    What your photog did is incredibly standard. Nothing out of the norm!

    Post # 11
    5229 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    I chose the first option, but that’s not exactly true. We got every image that met certain minimum basic standards, so no blurry photos or photos with a head cut off halfway up, etc. We got 1,398 photos, edited (but no post-production editing).

    ETA: for my first wedding, we had 2 shooters for about 8 hours and got just over 400 photos.

    Post # 12
    7039 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    @CharmBracelet:  There’s pretty much zero chance your photog is going to release a RAW image to you. And absolutely zero chance she’ll let you edit her copyrighted image. You editing her image is still a reflection on her, and thus on her business. If it isn’t up to standard, she isn’t going to want it floating around out there. No matter how much you beg! I’d let it go.

    If you didn’t have an estimated picture # delivery in your contract, I’d say that’s on you for not requesting it. Some photogs only give a certain # of edits, no matter how long they shoot. It’s really up to the customer to make sure they are getting their expectations met by the package they are delivering.

    Post # 13
    6980 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    Agreeing with everyone else that this is definitely the norm. If there is a fault here, it is that perhaps her contract was not as clear as it could be? I have in my contract that photos are selected at my sole discretion and that approximately X number of photos will be delivered. 

    I’m sure that she is not wittholding the photo from you to be difficult. Mostly likely the photo was beyond repair. Probably a lighting issue. Or it was blurry. Its also possible that she deletes her “non-keepers” after she culls. RAW files take an enormous amount of space and so she might just keep what she likes. 

    Post # 15
    3572 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    We got 450 photos of our day and I know there were more…,but I don’t think anyone would have wanted to see some of them (hint: true Scotsmen and chair dancing don’t mix well with family friendly photos).

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