Post # 1
I need some help here. We have our photographers narrowed down to 2 that are in our price range, and are the style and quality that we are looking for… but one we do like better. His photos just seem more us, and we have talked with him a bit and he seems great. BUT even though he will be there for 8 hours we only get a disc of 420-440 edited pictures- he will not give us the unedited photos. He said he goes through and chooses what he thinks best captures the day and edits those and he says it should be plenty… so what do you think? Should I still go with him and only have 440 pictures max, or should I go with the photographer that seems less professional and is only 6 hours but does not have a limit to pictures???
Post # 3
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
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
@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
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
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
@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
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 # 10
Thanks so much everyone! I had just never heard of this and was worried, but if it’s normal then I totally understand. He is great so I’m happy to say I feel completely confident choosing him now. Thanks everyone for your great advice!
QuietOne– He mentioned that if we felt he missed anything he would send that specific moment to us so even better! Thanks! 🙂
Post # 11
@MattandKristin: Yep! totally normal and very common. 🙂
Post # 12
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
@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
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
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
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?