(Closed) How long did it take to get pics back from photog?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: How long did it take to get your wedding pics back from your photog?
    1-2 weeks : (2 votes)
    9 %
    2-3 weeks : (5 votes)
    23 %
    4-6 weeks : (4 votes)
    18 %
    2-5 months : (7 votes)
    32 %
    5 months + : (4 votes)
    18 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    10287 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    We were told 6-8 weeks but we had them back in less than a month. They actually came in while we were on our Honeymoon which made for a fantastic ending to our week long vacation. 

    Post # 5
    Member
    730 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    We were told 2-3 months and had them after about 10 weeks.

    Post # 6
    Member
    2053 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Took about 2-3 weeks. No badgering; the deadline was written into our contract. We were very happy with the time frame and quality of our images. Good luck!

    Post # 7
    Member
    627 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    We’re still waiting, and it’s been 6 months. I’m pretty sure we’re an extreme example, but no sign of them yet, not evern a teaser. It’s so frustrating, but we’re in a bit of an awkward situation now. They have 80% of our money, and the photos, so we don’t want to annoy them and have them do a sub-par job. Lesson learned… make sure turnaround time is in your contract!!

    But again, I’m sure we are an extreme example.

    Post # 8
    Member
    627 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Now I’m curious who the other votes for 5+ months are! Is it sad that I’m happy I’m not alone out there?

    Post # 10
    Member
    1405 posts
    Bumble bee

    This is one of the most asked questions here.  It is encouraged to ask these questions prior to booking and perhaps get it written into the contract.  In reality, it depends on how busy the photographer is, and whether you like that answer or not, it’s pretty much how it works.

    I would say the average time is around 6-8 weeks.

    The important thing is to keep dialogue and an open communication path with your photographer.  Hopefully you get an answer in a day or two, and then just be proactive and ask for an update as the deadline approaches.

    Post # 11
    Member
    627 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    @CherryWaves: I know! It is beyond ridiculous. I’ve passed the torch to my husband to deal with them. I’m pretty sure if I tried to call I’d burst into tears at this point. He spoke to them about a month ago, they said we were ‘next in line’ to get edited. So dumb… I guess it’s time for another phone call, you’re right.

    @USER876:  Agree! Get it in writing!

    Post # 12
    Member
    2 posts
    Wannabee

    A timeline to receive all deliverables should be included in your wedding photography agreement.  I’m a wedding photographer and in my agreements, I commit to:

    – 3 weeks for the online viewing site with all the photographs to go up (and I usually get it done in 2 weeks, often less than 2 weeks)

    – 2 weeks for album design from the time of the album design consultation (assuming I have also received the album image list from the couple)

    – 2 weeks for album to ship from the time that the couple approves the final album design

    I often deliver finished albums to couples within 2-3 months of their wedding.  When it takes longer, it’s because the couple isn’t ready to meet with me yet or to make decisions.

    In the poll results above, I see a lot of people saying that it’s taken 2 to 5 months and even more to get their photographs.  To me – as a wedding photographer – that’s completely unacceptable.  On the other hand, I should explain that you kind of get what you pay for.  Photographers that charge less will generally take longer to get you your photographs/album/other deliverables.  Think about it – it makes sense – if a photographer charges less, that means they have to take more weddings each year in order to make a living.  The more weddings they do, the busier they are, and the longer it takes for them to complete YOUR wedding.  It’s a good idea to avoid photographers that do “double” or “triple” weddings.  (These are photographers who will book Friday, Saturday, and/or Sunday weddings all in a single weekend.)  OR, they are part-time photographers with a different full-time job, which means that their photography clients are NOT their priority.  There’s a reason budget photographers charge less, and it’s a big risk for you!  There’s a saying in business that there’s quality, price, and customer service, and you can only get 2 out of 3.  So if you choose price and quality, well, then, you’re likely giving up on customer service, which means a long, long wait time to get your photographs/album/other.

    Hope this provides some context!

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    Post # 13
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    3241 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    @Catherine: Nope not alone. We waited just over 5 months and I’m pretty sure we only got them at that point because I started to bug the photographer after the 3 month mark passed. I have my fingers crossed for you that your photos appear soon!

    Post # 14
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    1405 posts
    Bumble bee

    @ireneabdou:  I don’t think 2 months is “long”, 5 months certainly is.  You may want to delete the link to your business in your post above before your post is deleted (it’s against the rules here).

    Post # 15
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    1013 posts
    Bumble bee

    I’ve known most people to wait around a month. But if you have a crap photog it could take 5 months like one girl i knew.  But her pics werent even worth getting back…BAD photographer. 

    Post # 16
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    84 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Ours took 1-2 weeks. We didn’t have to badger. A friend of ours is a photographer so we were lucky.

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