Post # 1
Hi bees! Hope you all are planning merrily!
Now that I just booked the venue I’m deciding on photographers. My ceremony plus reception is 4 hours and we could use the bridal cottage for 2 hours before ceremony, so I think 5 hours is quite enough coverage. I came across this studio http://sugarfreestudio.com/ that provides package of 6 hours coverage, 200-300 pics, delivered via download, with minor/basic touch, at $1299. Although their pictures are pretty, I’m kind of put off by the fact that I’ll get only 200 pics in the worst scenario, but at the same time not sure if I just don’t know the average. Their second package is 8 hour,350-400 pics at $1599(I feel 8 hours is too long..I don’t really need makeup photos) How many pictures you got from photographers one-by-one edited(not just the raw takes)?
Also, do you think hire photographer and videographers from different studios is a good idea? For example, I’m don’t want to use photo package this studio has but really like their videographer’s work, would it be ok to hire photographer from other studio? Anyone ever done it? How should they cooperate?
Thank you all in advance!
Post # 2
None of the videographers or photographers I looked at had the other service available, but I was looking at individual vendors vs. companies that hire photogs and videographers. It shouldn’t be an issue to do so!
200-300 sounds a bit low, but it’s only 5 hours, which works out to 40-60 photos an hour! Maybe you could work with them to get 300-400 for the same time frame?
I got a ‘sneak peek’ of 450 photos, and my contract states minimum of 1000, and I honestly am unsure of where the other 550 are going to come from! Ha!
Post # 3
My contract states to expect on average 75-100 pics per hour. I have 8 hour coverage for the wedding day.
Post # 4
It doesnt sound like a whole lot, but no harm in asking if you can add on more. Mine is 8 hours with 800-1000, so at least 100 an hour. Not sure what to do with all of them, but I’m hoping there’s lots of options for ones I look good in!
Post # 5
- Wedding: July 2017 - The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek
That doesn’t seem like much. I honestly didn’t even ask my photographer about that, but for our 1-hour engagement session, she delivered 300 pictures. I would be shocked if we got under 500 images for the 4-hour ceremony/reception.
However, maybe they only send the best pictures? Maybe ask if they can send all of the photos?
Post # 6
IMO, more photos doesn’t means better. Part of the photographer’s job is to cull through thousands of photos. You really don’t need to see 30 of the same thing especially if there isn’t much going on at your wedding. I personally wouldn’t ask for hundreds more. Likely you’ll just get more mediocre photos instead of the photography trying to get great shots because they’re trying to hit an artificial number. I depends on the person, but quality > quantity for me.
All that said, for 5 hours, I’m expecting 300-500 photos. For our 2 hour engagement shoot, we got 120.
Post # 7
We got 350 photos for 4 hours. That was plenty for us. (I did not want any getting ready photos, and we didn’t do a first look) That was including both shooters.
For refernence, we had the same photographer for our engagement pics and we got 65 for our 1 hour session.
Post # 8
My photographer said 75-100 per hour, but he actually shoots 3-4 times that many and only send the best ones (we have a second shooter too). But it might be that. If they just send the 200-300 best and edited photos I think that sounds like plenty.
Post # 9
I think we got around 400 for 5 hours. That was plenty for me personally. We got around 80 for a 1 hour engagement shoot with the same person.
Post # 10
Pricing and such will vary by region and photographer. We didn’t want any getting ready photos. We had 2 photographers for 8 hours at the wedding/reception, and a 1 hour engagement shoot prior. Engagement we got about 60 photos back – plenty. Wedding/Reception we got 632 photos. Again, more then plenty.
As PP mentioned, average is about 70-100 pics an hour. You may only receive the best photos. Remember, every photo they give you represents their work. If they give you unedited photos, and you share those – that gives the wrong impression to a potentional client.
Regarding working with two different companies… this may not be allowed. You have to check with those companies. If they offer both photos and video, they may require exclusive coverage for your wedding – READ the contract. It’s not what is said that matters, it’s what is written in the contract. 😉
Sidenote: The 8 hours INCLUDES time for them to stop and eat. Your photographers are still part of your guest count at your wedding. They get a place to sit at a table and time to eat without taking a single photo.
Post # 11
Ahh I didn’t know the hours include breaks, I thought it only includes work and travel time.
Post # 12
Our videographers also offered photography, but I used a different photographer. We had her for 6 hours and we got over 500 photos. The videographers and photographer worked well together. 🙂