(Closed) How many photos do you usually receive from an engagement shoot?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Leene: I honestly think engagement sessions are the best thing ever!! lol My Fiance wasn’t really into it and mom didn’t really understand the point  but I was all for it. SO glad I stuck to my gut on that one!!  They both loved the photos after the fact too! 

As for pricing, mine was part of the photo package I chose for the wedding so I don’t know what the breakdown would be.. it was about two hours and we had three different outfits. She took a billion photos, but we ended up with a cd of about 90 edited photos. I think the $125 is a really good price, considering her time, editing (if there is any) and travel (if you’re going to a location) 

 

Hope that sort of helps!!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Our engagement photo session is part of the wedding package. 1 hour 30 pics in a photo album. Not sure how to explain, but the photographer calls it magazine album. The one where the pics are printed directly on the paper, and the paper is cardboard thick. We love the album. You should definitely get it.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Ours was included in our package but I agree with @jillieb: that the engagement sessions are a GREAT way to break the ice with the photographer!  My husband hates having his picture taken, but he had soooo much fun with our photographer during the engagement pictures, that he was fully ready and happy to have him take our wedding pictures as well!

For us, we got all high res pics on CD afterwards and 5 of them edited.  We had nearly 70 pictures in all, did 3 locations and outfit changes, and spent 3-4 hours taking pictures.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I think it’s a pretty good deal for the price, but a few more edited pictures would be nice.  Perhaps you can ask her to make sure you get a copy of ALL pictures taken on a cd, that way you can always edit a few more pictures (sites like picnik are fantastic and easy to use) if you want.

Good Luck!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Leene: I think you should get more pictures from an hour. We had a 2 hour shoot and got about 150 (yes no typo, 150) awesome EDITED pics- some of them were similair, but I would say we have at least 70 good unique ones. It is a Lot, but I really would not settle for less than 25-40 for an hour. 🙂 hope that helps. O, and its SO WORTH it- I love our pics and we are using it on the invite, guestbook, ect

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

@Leene:  There is no standard or easy way to answer this question.  Every photographer has a different business model, so it’s impossible to compare “apples to apples.”

1.  Some photographers include a free E session when you book them as your wedding photographer.  This is a good way to get to know each other and the photographer has already included the cost of this service in the price of their wedding package.  What you actually get out of it can and will vary drastically photographer to photographer.

2.  When booking an E session separately from your wedding photography, the packages can also vary.  Here is some insight:

2a. Front end loaded – The photographer charges a fixed fee and offers a session with a CD of the images

2b. Back end loaded – The photographer charges a low fee for the session only, and then charges you extra for the CD, or supplies you a proofing gallery of the images with hopes that you will buy prints and products to get them up to the sales point they desire.

2c.  Photographer gives you a session at cost or at a loss in hopes to earn your business as your wedding photographer.

2d. Quality vs Quantity – Some photographers do what is called “shoot and burn.”  I see that a lot on here, and what they snap is what you get.  Most newbies tend to overshoot and supply the customer with many more images than necessary.  Other photographers will take time and edit every image, cull down to the best images, and supply the customer with only the very best, carefully and meticulously edited.  Every image is unique.  You tend to see this more with photographers that are well versed in portraiture.  Photographers focusing on events only, tend to have the “batch” edit mindset, processing through as many images as they can as quickly as possible.

2e.  What you get out of it is generally directly proportional to what the cost is.  When I do E sessions, I either supply the client with a number of finished images, or I show them a proofing gallery of the entire session and let them pick their favorites for me to edit and supply them with.  I don’t release unedited work.  Either way, I think somewhere around 20-30 quality finished images is appropriate for a 1 hr shoot.

2d.  There is nothing wrong with only getting 15 images, if the images are quality.  I doubt you will “use” or print more than 15 unique images even if you had a much larger selection to choose from.  As you said, the pricing breaks down to only $10 an image and THAT IS A STEAL.  The photographer is certainly not pricing for profit here and is probably offering this to you as a loss.  No photographer can stay afloat offering 1 hr portrait sessions and only making $125 of them.  Most photographers or retouchers will charge more than $10 just to retouch an image.  Here you are getting the image electronincally that you can use and print over and over again instead of paying a one time fee of 20, 30, or even 50 dollars for a professional print, plus you are getting the photographers time for the photography session.  Included in that fee is also the photographers travel, overhead expenses, time to process images, and get the CD to you.  If you like the work, this is a no brainer to me and I don’t know what more you can ask for. 

If you are hung up on the images, ask for a proofing gallery so you can select the 10 you want edited and finished, or ask if you can have 20 or 25 images for a modest cost adder.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Honestly, I think it really depends on your photographer.  Our photographer charged us $250 for our engagement session, which lasted 1 hour.  At first I thought “how are we going to get enough pictures in an hour??”  But she is a very experienced wedding photographer and was SO efficient!  She helped us pick a location near us, got there in advance, scouted out 3 visually interesting places within 2 minutes of each other, drove us from place to place and even came with props!  We got 85 gorgeous, digitally enhanced photos on a high-resolution DVD within 2 days.  There were no blinky-eyed photos or any of us looking weird so I know she must have thrown out a TON of shots before sending us a final DVD.  We had so many photos that we made an entire 20-page photobook from it!

Post # 11
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

I think the price, for an hour, is good. I think the amount of pictures sucks, honestly. There are several photographers (in my area at least) that will do an hour for $75-$150 and you get a TON of pics.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We are doing two engagement photo shoots, the first shoot was done by his sister before she left for boot camp, cost FREE! He did a little tweaking of the photo we chose for our STD’s, and we sent them off. Total cost of save the date photo’s $6

Our second shoot will be done by our friend (bridesmaid) who has a nice camera, down at his parents house, cost FREE! Those photos we will print out after he tweaks those with photoshop, and we will put those in our invitations to the wedding. Total cost of prints about $20, $40 at the most.

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

@Miss. Snowball: Yeah, that too. Lol. My Mom did ours that I just posted for free and we’ll just print out a few of our favorites/use them in the guest book. Forgot to say what ours were. Lol

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Our e-session is included in our photography package. We spent about 2 to 3 hours during our e-session and received a disc with about 200 edited photos from our photographer. 

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

These engagement pictures were taken by our amazing photographer, Jhovany Quiroz:

I almost was not going to get one because I did not think it would be “worth it”, but now I am soooo glad that we took some with a professional. I almost cried when I saw them. He did such a fabulous job.

I understand your reservation, but I really think you should get a photographer for your engagement pictures. I really believe it would be worth every penny if you got someone that knew what they were doing.

I am sooo happy about our engagement pictures, I can not believe I almost did not take some professional ones. If you live in Los Angeles, then you should look up Jhovany Quiroz (http://www.quirozphotography.com). He is soo amazingly talented, he’s extremely professional (we got about 96 pictures), and these pictures are priceless. 

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

We did an engagement shoot and it was an absolute blast. Neither of us are particularly comfortable infront of a camera, so it was a great way to ease in and get to know our fabulous photographer.

 

Our session lasted about 2 hrs and he sent us 130 edited pictures, with some very similar, and some dublicates in black and white. I think we’ll end up with about 50 for an album. In fact, I’m going to make them into a photobook on shutterfly or something and use it for my guest book at the wedding.

 

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