(Closed) How Long Did It/Will It Take For You To Get Your Wedding Photos Back?

posted 10 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Yeah, my wedding was Aug 2, and I haven’t heard a THING from the photographer — no pictures, no previews, no phonecalls or emails.

I’m not worried because I know he’s a slacker and takes more work than he has time for — we’ll get the pictures eventually, I’m confident.  But it’s incredibly unprofessional and annoying.

And I’m at fault as well, because I signed a contract with no due date.  It covered all his services the day of, and I just didn’t even stop to think about beyond that.

I know the couple whose wedding he shot before ours just got their pictures, so we’re next on the list.  HURRY UP!

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2011

We got ours about 4 weeks after the wedding, and that was only "late" because our photographer had a family emergency that took him out of town for a week. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We had our engagement pictures taken in NC by a photographer I did NOT do enough research on. He only provided us with low res proofs online that we could order from (for a RIDICULOUS amount of money). Then it took him nearly 6 weeks to retouch them, print them, and send them. I can’t even imagine what it would be like doing a wedding with him. I think you have every right to be upset and voice your disappointments to the photographer. Maybe they’ll even throw in a discount somewhere

Post # 6
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92 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

We got our photos back a little over 3 months after our wedding, but we were expecting this as it was stated in our contract.

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Our average delivery time is 6 weeks, although we generally have a few photos up on our blog before that time.

If you’re having trouble with delivery, let your photographer know that you’re frustrated and eager to see your photos. But also know that processing and preparing proofs is not a quick and easy job, so try to be patient as well.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

We got our photos about 5 weeks after the wedding, but were told that many photographers take up to 3 months.  Ours was a quicker process because we did a digital only package.  Good luck.

Post # 9
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601 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

Wow! I feel so bad for some of your stories up there.  On the plus side I bet a lot of brides are learning what to look for a due by date in their contact, etc.

We got ours about 2-3 weeks after the wedding.  our photographer was awesome!  www.heatherfunk.com  She sent me a few teaser photos right away, and the proof album about 3 weeks after the wedding. And our photos were done on film.  I know she does digital too and I bet those are just as fast turn around. 

Good luck communicating with your photographer and I hope you have your pics in hand soon. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018 - The Desmond Hotel in Malvern, PA

Our wedding was 2 months ago and we’re expecting our online proofs in the next few weeks.  Although I am excited and impatient, I realize all of the time that goes into prepping our photos, and I know that we got married at the height of busy wedding season, so we just have to sit back and wait.  Depending on how many photos you have and how large the files are, it’s not just a matter of the click of a button to upload them for you, so try to keep that in mind!  I’m sure you’ll see them soon 🙂

Post # 11
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112 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I got half my photos on DVD before we left (Hawaii – DW).  Then the other half of photos on DVD a few weeks later (2 photogs).  But they take sooo long to load and view on my laptop so i couldn’t do much to choose for the album.  We got married n Aug. and just last week got the username and code to access the online gallery to select photos.  The photog’s site was down for the past couple of months and she warned us that summer was crazy busy and she’d be backed up for longer than normal.  I hear from many friends and co-workers 3 months is avg.  One friend waited a year. Don’t worry too much.

Post # 12
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471 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

This is ridiculous and what contracts are for. Speak to her about it. Be stern.

We got our online proofing within 10 days of the wedding and got our printed, non-marked proofs in the mail in silk cypress boxes about 5 weeks after the event. We still have not received our high resolution digital negatives or the album yet and our event was September 6.

Post # 13
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2030 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

We got printed 4×6 proofs exactly 2 months after our wedding.

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Wow, I thought ours took long (at least it felt long). We received a link to the almost 1000 of the 3000 photos they took less than three weeks after our wedding. We received ALL of our negatives 3 weeks after our wedding. Yay for Bella!

Post # 15
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Worker bee

Sorry it’s taking you so long to get your pictures Tivoli. I don’t recall seeing anything in your post about the terms in your contract. A good photography contract should state when you can expect to see your wedding pictures. If you have that, that gives you some leverage to ask the photographer for a firm timeline. I hope it works out for you and you get your pictures soon.

Joe Milton
International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2000

Wow, I felt bad for taking 3-4 weeks to post my couple’s online gallery, which also includes a slideshow highlighting the day & an album design for their approval. I just got one of my Sep albums in from the bookbinder.

Yes, it takes a lot of work & time to deliver great photos. Since I’m not patient enough to wait months to see any photos. I wouldn’t ask my couples to wait that long either. I admit that does mean ocassionally suffering through sleepness nights in order to meet my deadlines.

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