(Closed) Is it normal to ONLY get the edited pictures???

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: What should I do?
    Go with the favorite photographer with limited pictures : (48 votes)
    92 %
    Go with other photographer : (2 votes)
    4 %
    Other- explain below please : (2 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
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    529 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    A lot of photographers are like that. They don’t want you showing their unedited pictures around to people, it could be bad business. 

    Post # 4
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    3183 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I’m sure our photog took, for lack of better word, a crap ton of pictures.  We received a CD of 536 edited pictures, and that was for 8 hours of coverage.  I think 440 would be enough.  I mean there are some of our 536 that aren’t the most flattering. 

    If you trust him and like his style, I think you would be fine with the 440. 

    Post # 5
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    2494 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    @MattandKristin:  Most photogs I talked to would not release the unedited pictures. When it comes down to it, with a fast capture, they might take 20 different pictures of the same 10 seconds and choose the one that works the best. They might have pictures that make you look strange, or just an awkward shot and don’t think you need it.

    I trust that my photographer will give me all the pictures that are worth saving. There is a reason they take so many! You likely will only get 5-10% of what is shot, but it takes that much to get 400+ good pictures.

    Post # 6
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    388 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    My photographer took thousands of pics over 7 hours and selected 950 for us and edited them.  I still feel like I got a pic of every single moment! Even that many was a little overwhelming.  A lot of those didn’t even make my cut of ones to share with family.  

    Post # 7
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    584 posts
    Busy bee

    I agree with @takemyhand, our photog did a free engagement session and he set his camera to take 10pics in 1 or 2 seconds.  That way they definitely get shots without someone blinking or looking like a buffoon.  So then if he gives you 440 pictures, there are probably a couple thousand pictures where the people in the photos look like complete dorks.  It’s a numbers game, really.  

    Go with the photog you like so you have 440 amazing pictures versus 2 thousand pictures you have to sort through to find the 440 good ones.

    Post # 8
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    3183 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    @calypso522:  That’s another good point.

    It can be overwhelming to go through all of those pictures.  It took me forever just to pick out ones that I wanted to post on facebook.  Let the photog do some of that work for you!  

    Post # 9
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    263 posts
    Helper bee

    My photog was like that. There were some shots I felt like she missed, or I didn’t like the ones she gave us, so I asked her about them (i.e. “do you have any other shots of the father daughter dance?”) and she was willing to send over more of that specific bit. Maybe ask him if he’d be willing to work with you if you feel like something is missing once you get your editted photos?

    Post # 12
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    1918 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    You might want to consider hiring a second shooter to get the coverage that you want.  It was another $500 for me and was definitely worth it, because she was able to get shots of the groomsmen getting ready, our ceremony at multiple angles etc.  Like you, my photographer generally produces about 500 photos for an 8 hour session.  With the second shooter, I got arund 850 total.

    Post # 13
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    622 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @MattandKristin:  Yes, this is definitely how professional photographers work. I would even say that 9 times out of 10, a photographer who delivers all of the photos they take is a newer, more inexperienced photographer. I consider it part of our job to eliminate photos where your eyes are closed or food is falling out of your mouth and to select the 1-3 images from the same moment (like you walking back down the aisle) rather than deliver all 7 that I shot that are only slightly different. Definitely go with the more professional photographer whose work you love!

    Post # 14
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    11760 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Definitely normal.  Though, 400 seems a bit of a low number.  I had a 1.5 hour engagement session and got back 300 edited photos – which she said was more than usual but she couldn’t narrow down the “keepers” any further.  When I saw them there were a definitely some that could have been tossed out.  Anyways, I’d still say go with quality over quantity.

    Post # 15
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    1004 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    It is completely expected that you only get the edited photos, the best shots of the day. A professional photographer does not want unedited, less-than-great photos out there with their name. Also, over 400 images is a LOT of images… it takes time to look through all of them once, let alone multiple times, and edit them as well.

    Go with the photographer you like and don’t worry about “missing” images.

    Post # 16
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    705 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I’ve never heard of a good photographer releasing every shot up front.  Like others have said–you’ll have 7-10 shots of the same moment and the photographer picks the best one.  Why would you even want the rejected ones? 

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