(Closed) How many pictures did you get from your engagement shoot?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 17
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

We had an hour long session and received the rights to over 200 fully edited images. We loved all of them.

Post # 18
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

We did have two photographers, so I guess I can see how that ridiculous number occured. We weren’t expecting two, but I didn’t complain! The second photographer was a newer addition to their team, so I wondered if he was in training or something. Either way we benefited!

Post # 19
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Our shoot was a little over two hours and we got 210 images. Of the 210, 110 of those were unique photos (the others were black and whites). Of the 110, I liked about 60. Our photographer is awesome. She’s mailing us the DVD now and we get print rights.

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Our engagement session was about 2 hours, and we received 80 final/edited pictures on a disc with printing rights.

Post # 21
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I think from our engagement session we got somewhere around 130, but it was a 2.5 hour long session. 

From the other side, as a photographer, I usually tell clients they will get 40-50 and generally end up giving them 70ish. I estimate low in case I don’t like as many of them. Under promise and over deliver, etc. 

The reason that some photographers give less is that a lot of people (myself included) believe that you’re only as good as your worst photo out there. I don’t want any photo that I’m not proud of floating around out in the world, I edit every single photo that a client ever sees and they only get what I love. And honestly, you don’t need more than 40 or 50 engagement photos!

Also, regarding copyright, all photos have an automatic copyright for the photographer. Generally what you get from a photographer if you get the images via disc is a limited copyright to use them for personal purposes (i.e. print them, share them with friends, etc). The photographer maintains their copyright to use them for whatever purposes they would like (portfolio, marketing, contests, etc). Although that can be negotiated for if you don’t want the photographer to retain any rights to the photos– but it will generally be expensive. 

Post # 23
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Ours was about 2 hours long… we got 150 edited photos back and own the rights to them.

Post # 25
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@missbumblebee: That is a really terrible idea on his part, unless he charged you a pretty penny for it.

@littlemisst08:  We also had two photographers–the main one actually ran through both of her memory cards and her back up!

Post # 26
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

@sienna76:  I highly doubt the photographer is releasing a full copyright to you.  Print release maybe, but full copyright is highly unusual in the USA.  Not saying that isn’t your particular case, but this copyright vs. print release confusion pops up a lot around here.

@BellaDee:  Pretty unusual for a photographer to allow you to select which ones you want edited.  We never show unedited works to clients.  Is that their policy for weddings too?  I can’t even imagine how time consuming and inefficient that process would be.

Post # 27
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

We were out there for 2 or 3 hours and got back 200 edited and finished images.

Post # 28
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@BellaDee:  Yes we get to choose which 20 with this particular photographer (not with the wedding photographer, differnet country).  Right now I have 30 chosen, so I have to whittle it down to 20.  We can have additional photos edited for $5 each.

“I highly doubt the photographer is releasing a full copyright to you.  Print release maybe, but full copyright is highly unusual in the USA.  Not saying that isn’t your particular case, but this copyright vs. print release confusion pops up a lot around here.”

It’s whatever full printing rights are (print release?).  I don’t know the lingo.  The only rules are you cannot sell them for $$ and she asks you not crop them.

Post # 29
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

@sienna76:  That’s a print release.  Copyright means you can sell them for profit and the photographer has to defer to you to use the photos in any published form.  

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