(Closed) Don't get engagement photos until wedding? Am I crazy?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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4464 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

@Smileygabby:  That’s a little odd considering that the photographer should understand the point of engagment photos. While the photos will still be lovely of the two of you after your wedding, it defeats the purpose of being able to use them throughout the engagement or at the wedding itself.

Post # 4
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5011 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Smileygabby:  That is ridiculous. Isn’t the whole point of the engagement shoot to see how your photographer performs and how you gel with them when they’re working?

Post # 5
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2523 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

That’s just dumb. Most people use the engagement photos for Save the Dates, Engagement Announcements, and Invitations. I would want to stare at my engagement photos up until the wedding!

Post # 6
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4336 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

That is really odd! Well, actually I can’t remember when our photographer told us we would get our e-pix, but it must have been awhile, since our e-pix were taken in May and we didn’t get them til shortly before the wedding, just barely time enough to use them to make a guest book! (about 3 weeks before the wedding!) So I guess it’s not impossible or unreasonable for it to take that long. 

Your contract should state how long it takes for you to receive the pictures, and if it doesn’t, then you’re at the mercy of the photographer, and I think you should be glad to even get the 2-3 pictures early. 🙁

Post # 9
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Honey bee

@Smileygabby:  Creating a cd cost next to nothing. Have you made a deposit or any kind of payment? They could be hesitant to release the photos if no payment has been made, especially because they were considered free.

My photographer included our engagement photos as complimentary, but I got them after I paid the 10% deposit. I would inquire further and explain why you want/need them before the wedding.

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

What does the contract say?

What you are hearing here is it’s most unusual, so they’ve got no right to do this unlike the contract says so.

Post # 12
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4035 posts
Honey bee

I would be a little concerned then, unless it is clearly stated in your contract. If you have made a payment, then there is no reason why you shouldn’t have your photos. Does the contract say you will get the rights to the photos or do you have to do all printing through them? That could complicate things. I would push back and say that you are excited to share your photos with friends and family and that you need them for save the dates, invites, projects, etc.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

Your photographer should have explained their policy regarding the engagement photos up front.  I am assuming that they didn’t.  Their contract also ought to spell out whatever terms of delivery they offer.  Reading the contract is the responsibility of the client, but it’s still silly on their part to not establish common expectations like what’s delivered and when with you.  You’re well within your rights to be upset about this if they hadn’t explained it.

It was however a free session, and photographers need to be able to make a profit.  So I’m not sure exactly how upset you are to tell you if you’re overreacting here or not, but some of the responses on here seem a bit extreme to me.  $7 for a per image download fee is ridiculously cheap (most charge $50-100 per image for a high resolution download), and 200 images is super excessive for an engagement session.  Most photographers I know deliver in the 40-80 range for engagements.  Your photographer in giving the session away for free is trying to make up loss by selling prints and downloads.  Personally I think it’s better to just charge a fee you’re comfortable with and just provide the disc- because that’s what everyone wants.  

As a photographer I look at the engagements as an opportunity to build buzz about us and advertise.  So it’s not in my interest to keep the photographs out of a clients hands.  But I also charge accordingly for the session.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

@Smileygabby:  That’s lame that they weren’t up front about it.  Maybe they have a disc fee, for purchasing the files in bulk.

Post # 16
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3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’ve heard of this before, I just don’t like that business model. Its a way for the photographer to make money off of the free engagement session, which is fine if its explained to you. Sounds like they weren’t very clear on this. They likely didn’t do this to be sneaky or surprise you, they wouldn’t want to upset you as a client. Talk with them & see what you can work out. Good luck!

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