(Closed) Help… still waiting on engagement pics… what should I do?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
388 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

His time frame seems pretty normal? We did ours on 4/26 and were told 6-8 weeks (now delayed, the photog had emergency surgery).

Post # 4
183 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@DaniBanani:  I had a similar situation and my photographer is a very busy person. We needed the photos back because we were trying to make our save the dates, so after a couple weeks of waiting I said, “Sorry to bother you, I was just wondering if you’ve finished up our photos? We’re so excited to see them and get our save the dates in the mail!” That’s all it took and we got our photos!

Post # 5
512 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I personally dont’ think that’s very long to be waiting, especially when you’ve gotten the ‘teaser pics’. Don’t worry too much, he has responded so he hasn’t fallen off the face of the earth! Wait a little longer 🙂 You wouldn’t want him to rush finishing the job and not have the best quality, would you?

Post # 7
139 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

photographs can take a while, i would be patient and wait a little longer. 4-5 weeks is usually typical for a photographer.  

Post # 8
621 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

It’s the middle of wedding season and your photographer is likely juggling the immediate needs of 5-10 other clients as well. Cut them some slack and try to be patient, especially since they did already get a preview to you. 🙂 Honestly in May and June I am primarily focused on getting engagement and bridal images done for couples getting married really soon so your photographer may just be backed up a bit. 

Post # 9
332 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Our photogs told us 2 weeks for our e-pics and it ended up taking 2 weeks + a few days just to see low res pics online (no teasers before then and no files to actually send to people in the meantime). We didn’t actually receive the digital files until 5 weeks after our shoot. I think that is standard time. I was super anxious and, admittedly, a tad annoyed, too.

Post # 10
8695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@DaniBanani:  we waited over a month for ours. I think photographers underestimate but it hasnt been that long.

Post # 12
5001 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I wouldn’t really freak out until maybe 6-8 weeks, some photographers are really slow.

Post # 13
3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@DaniBanani:  “Soon” to one person may mean a few hours, while another its a few days, while another its within a few weeks. Who knows what he could have meant lol!

However, I think waiting 1 week from the “deadline” he gave you is okay to contact him – that would be May 18 (Sat). Plus it can take a few days in shipping so its possible he’s already shipped them out to you. Don’t feel like an annoyance, as a photographer I understand clients want to know where you are with their photos. I now always “over-estimate” my timeframe because things come up & its better to say “in 3 weeks” & have them done in 2 weeks or at the 3 week mark, than to say “2 weeks” & be late. I hate missing deadlines, but emergencies have come up, sick days, etc.

Hopefully they’re in the mail already!! 🙂

ETA: I think the PP who said 6 to 8 weeks would be for wedding photos (not epics). I suppose there may be a photographer out there who takes that long for epics. Epics are almost always done within range of 1-4 weeks (most at the 2-3 week mark) however this will depend on the photographer.


Post # 15
65 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

3-4 weeks is usual processing time for most photographers. Just send him a message saying “is there any fees for rushing your processing time? I thought you said they would be done in __ many weeks, did I hear wrong? I’m sorry to bother you, but I need my pictures soon.” That will give him room to explain. 

I feel you on the frustration though. I got pin-up/boudoir pictures done 3 weeks ago and they still arent back (and I havent even seen any preview pics or anything.)


Post # 16
1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

The previews are likely already edited, so if you need one to make a print from for an announcement or whatever you might be able to get them to send over one of the full resolution files that they’ve already shown you.  Otherwise I’d just relax – 4 weeks is about average for us during this time of the year.

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