(Closed) how many pictures are you getting from your photographer?

posted 12 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
535 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Well, it could be that they pick the best 400-500 out of what they take. I know that when we asked my photographer how many he takes, he kind of deflected the question in a good way by saying that he doesn’t like to give out numbers because he tries to edit it down. After trying to look through 1000 pictures you tend to get tired of looking at yourself and the guests and whatnot. Normally they just take as many as possible and then edit it down so that only the best ones are left. How long are you having your photographer there for? It could be that time will limit how many s/he can take.

Post # 4
8943 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

We got around 600 pictures from our wedding.  I really think that it ends up being more than you think, since a lot of pictures aren’t taken after the ceremony.

Post # 6
5 posts

I usually take between 1500-2000 pictures. I give my couples all of the pictures. Like already mentioned, it is WAY more than you think and you WILL get tired of looking at the same shots.

You figure, I can bust of 6 shots a second. There are a lot that are very similar.

On the online gallery I only put 150-200 of the artistically edited shots…


Post # 7
424 posts
Helper bee

Between my FH’s camera and my own we usually shoot about 3600 images for and 8 hour day but we only give between 600-800. Editing down your take is important to how good of a photographer you are.  Every image we give is a strong solid image and some times I may take 3 or 4 images of the exact same thing just slightly tweaked, why would I give my clients all of them and not just the best one? Back when we were newbies we were giving 1200-1250 and our clients actually had a harder time with more. It took them forever just to go through them and no to mention picking their favs for the album. I still have two albums bought and paid for but they just haven’t given me the list from 4 years ago.  Our work as a whole is stronger because there are no weak photos in the set and our clients heads don’t explode when they try going through their images.   

That said, all photographers are different and it’s really up to their workflow and how they run their business to determine how many you get. I have friends who only give 200 fully retouched images and that’s it and some who give 1000.  It’s taken us years but we now know 600-800 is the magic number for our studio.  Also why would you want ALL the photos, including one’s people don’t look so flattering in or the photogs test shoots?

Post # 9
1037 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I got about 600 for nine hours of coverage with one photog. Most had basic edits. Some not a huge number had fancier editing.

Post # 10
520 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Star, I usually give about 500-600 for six hours. Like the other photogs pointed out, you REALLY don’t want groups of 10 of the same image, which is what happens a lot, especially at key moments.

Picking out and editing the best one of the group is part of what you are paying us for. In other words, to you all 10 images may look exactly the same, but to us, we are looking at which one has the sharpest focus, the best exposure, the least amount of grain, so many things factor in and even though they look the same to you on-screen, don’t you want to know which one is going to PRINT the best?

My clients usually tell me the number of images is perfect. It’s enough where they still have a ton of variety, but not so much that they just want to throw their hands up in the air and not even bother to go through them all.

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