Post # 1
So it’s been a month since Darling Husband and mine’s wedding and still no word from our photog about getting pics back. I knew it would take him a while, but didn’t think it would take SUPER long as it’s the off-season and I’m quite positive we’re the only wedding he’s done since the summer and he should be done all of those already.
I asked a friend that used him a couple years ago how long it took for her pics and she said it took at least a couple months, but that was because she “kept on him”. I emailed him this afternoon asking if he could give me an update as to when they’d be done.
So, out of curiousity, how long did it take to get your pro pics back from your photog? Were you happy with the length of time? Did you have to badger them at all?
Post # 3
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
We were told 2-3 months and had them after about 10 weeks.
Post # 6
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
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
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 # 9
@Catherine: gosh I hope you get yours soon!! That’s a bit ridic.. I would just send them a quick email asking for an update. Nothing harsh or anything, just curious because an amount of time has elapsed.
Post # 10
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
@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
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
@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
@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
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
Ours took 1-2 weeks. We didn’t have to badger. A friend of ours is a photographer so we were lucky.