Post # 1
I know that this has been mentioned a hundred times on this forum, but I suppose I just want some sort of reassurance. My wedding wasn’t that long ago (around 5 weeks ago, early September) and our photographers have only put out one ‘sneak peek’ and we haven’t heard a peep from them since then. I have noticed that a lot of photographers put out more than one sneak peek photo. Is that true? Should I be checking in with the photographers at a certain point to verify when our photos will be completed? I can see more preview photos of individual maternity shoots, baby cake smashes, and mini-sessions on their facebook page than we got for our 8 hour wedding. I certainly don’t want to appear (too) impatient and annoy them. I guess I expected a bit more activity at this point in terms of communication from them, especially as we treated them extremely well (we were courteous, they had access to our hors d’oeuvres, seated 4 course meal, the bar, etc).
I realize that everything takes time, but I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t concerned by the fact that we have only seen one photo out of hundreds, whereas some of our friends had a couple more than that for their preview. It would at least be nice to have something that contains the bridal party! I suppose I should just be patient… just wondering what the experiences have been of the other ‘bees.
Post # 2
maryshelley: I can tell you, as a photographer, there are so many reasons why some events get larger sneak peeks than others. For one, sometimes there are just busier weeks/months than others. September is the busiest month of the year and I know I’m guilty of not getting a full blog post up asap because it’s *sooooooo time conusming* to blog a wedding. Seriously. It’s terrible. When I’m busy with weddings I’d rather put that time into actually working on finishing the whole wedding than piddling with a blog post.
Another reason is for publication. I actually have two weddings from this fall that only got a small preview on facebook and have yet to be blogged because I submitted several weddings for publication and these two got picked up so I don’t want to blog them until the publication comes out. (magazines and blogs are picky about publishing stuff that’s been seen elsewhere)
The last reason, and it’s not a slight against any one wedding in particular, is that it might be a wedding the photographer doesn’t want to market. That is NOT to say every wedding isn’t great, but it’s pretty common in the industry to “show what you want to shoot”. I know tons of photographers who aren’t going to walk away because you show up for pics in khaki/white – they’ll happily shoot and rock your session – but they won’t blog it or put it on their website. Likewise, a venue they prefer not to shoot at.
It’s important to remember that the blog/facebook is NOT for the couples. Yes, it’s a perk but first and formost is our marketing tool.
Post # 3
My photographer really doesn’t do sneak peeks, and I don’t have my photos back yet and I am 7 weeks out. This falls within his timeframe though so I’m not worried about it. I don’t expect to hear anything from him until he is done culling and rough editing and is ready to present the proofs.
I agree that they might just want to showcase something else. My photographer doesn’t blog and does limited sneak peeks on their facebook, usually when an image is really cool. He did several from our engagement shoot because it was destination for him, but I can’t imagine he’d do anything for my wedding (even though I think it was gorgeous!) because I think it’s like a lot of the weddings he shoots.
Post # 4
Every photographer is different. If I compared ours to the majority on Wedding Bee, then I would’ve tore my hair out. Our sneak peeks were a couple photos on their instagram a day or two after. They also did video for us, and originally were supposed to show the preview/highlight at the end of our reception but the power went out. So we didn’t see a real sneak peek until they compiled the highlight video with 8-10 pictures about a month and a half after. We got all our pictures and full video at the two month mark.
I did my best to stay patient and kept in mind that it was the thick of wedding season (and they travel a lot), so I never reached out to them to see how long it would take. Their contract stated 3-4 months so I’m glad it didn’t actually take that long.
Post # 5
maryshelley: i had my first sneak peek the tuesday after my saturday wedding, anda total of 10 about a week later…then all 750 about 2 months after the actual wedding. it was worth every moment that i waited!
Post # 6
We got 16 photos about a week after our wedding.
The timeline for the remainder is 14-16 weeks at the latest.
Post # 7
I am a photographer, as my full time job, and I can say that it completely depends on the wedding. Sometimes I only post 1, other times I post 2-3, maybe 4. About 4-5 weeks after the wedding I do a blog post with a sampling of images and I deliver between the 5-6 week timeframe. I know lots of people don’t do any sneak peeks, and take 8-10 weeks to deliver. You should refer to your contract and see what they specified as the delivery date. I can also say that pestering them will NOT get your images done more quickly. I work in order of wedding date, as most do, so that’s why it is not abnormal for it to take 6 weeks to deliver. If you are concerned about it you can certainly check with them.
Post # 8
maryshelley: Check your contract and see what is says for time frame to get pictures back. We were married September 13th, have only had 1 sneak peak photo and haven’t heard a peep but our contract says 6-8 weeks. Its still wedding season too so it may take longer to get them back. If I don’t hear anything after 8 weeks, I will contact them because I am going by what their contract says.
Post # 9
Thank you everyone! That’s very helpful information- it’s really interesting to hear from the photographers. I will go back to the contract and take a look. We received our only sneak peek within a day or so, but I guess we are just antsy and want to see what our wedding actually looked like and have a photo that includes our bridal party. Now that I look back, our photographers seem to really only do the one sneak peek per wedding, so I suppose it is simply their way of doing things. And, as someone pointed out, as gorgeous and dream-like as it seemed to us, it may not have been as original to them. In any case, I am sure the photos will be worth the wait. Thank you, ladies!
Post # 10
My wedding was August 22 and we still have not received our photos. We got ONE sneak peak to use for the thank you card but that was all. Our photographer told us that we would have to wait up to 3 months (and possibly a little more) but it was specifically in our contract.
Post # 11
I did review our contract and it said that we would get online proofs within 6-8 weeks, on average. I’m not sure what the ‘on average’ part means, so I just have to be patient. I like that mscuppycake was able to get one specifically for the thank you cards- that would have been a nice option to have.