(Closed) How long should pro photos take to come back?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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562 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

We were married Feb 4th and got the photos back about a week/ten days ago. (About 500 pics) I’d say it’s fine to ask them for an estimate on how long it will take; pics are important, it’s hard to wait ๐Ÿ˜›

Post # 4
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5921 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

We were married December 31, and we got ours back this morning.

Post # 5
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98 posts
Worker bee

There is no standard. Every photographer is different. The turnaround time should be what it is stated in the contract, and if it is not stated there, then you just left it at the photographer’s discretion. He could take a year if he felt like it and still would not be breaking any laws.

And for professional wedding photographers, the holidays is actually a slow season. Summer is their busy season, but from what you wrote, it seems that your photographers are part timers, so this may not apply to them.

 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@jldown2: I think it’s fair at this point to just send a polite email asking when they’ll be ready. Just be polite and curious instead of demanding, haha.

Post # 8
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3049 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

Yea, you should just ask them how much longer it’s gonna take. I understand they’re busy, but you should at least have a time frame. My contract is three months after the wedding. But I’ll probably get them back in two months or earlier. She edits all the photos and will probably have more than 2,000 to give me on a DVD. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 9
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45 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Ours said 6 to 8 weeks, and since we got married in November it was right at 8 weeks (because of the holidays, photog was obviously busy with family like the rest of us). 

Post # 10
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Worker bee

Hello,

Every wedding photographer is different and has their own turnaround time, but I believe that you are well within your rights to follow up with them and ask for a time frame…

Just for a reference point, I tell my clients (and include it in my contract) that it will take me no more then 2-3 weeks for me to have their photos picture perfect (completely edited) and on-line for their selections… I know other photographers that give a time frame of 4-6 weeks, but anything further out is just…. hard to imagine.

Best of luck to you!!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Tara Goodell: It’s great that your turnaround is that fast, but I wouldn’t say that longer than 6 weeks is hard to imagine. Every photographer IS different, has a different workload, spends a different amount of time on each image, gives a different number of images . . . I think the average for full timers is probably 8+ weeks.

I noticed from your site that you give around 250 images for unlimited, all day coverage, which I think most would consider really low for 8+ hours. Many pro photographers who shoot that long are giving 500-1000 images. That takes a lot of time, especially if they are working on more than one thing at a time.

Post # 12
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Worker bee

@BeeM: Thank you so much for checking out my site! I actually give in between 900-1200 images for my full day package (fully edited)…BUT the amount of printed images included in that price package is 250 images in an album. : ) I can see how that could have been misinterpreted that way! I will have to change that verbiage on my site. Thanks for the heads up!

And I only meant to give my personal….as well as my professional opinion to the original poster jldown2, as she asked for? : ) and I did write exactly what you repeated, in that every photographer is very different. Having said that though… it was my opnion that she…nor anyone, should have to wait longer then 3 months for their wedding images. But again… that is just my opinion. : ) 

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