(Closed) is it OK that I asked my photographer….

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: would you ask your photographer to see more of the pics she took?
    yes - you should get to see all the pics and choose which ones you like best : (124 votes)
    87 %
    no - be happy with what she gave you as she knows best : (18 votes)
    13 %
  • Post # 3
    Hostess
    16214 posts
    Honey Beekeeper

    I don’t think you’re in the wrong. You paid for the engagement session and should get to see the product. 🙂

    Post # 4
    Member
    4137 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    i would definitely ask to see more, but maybe not ALL. photographers tend to take a few of the same picture with very minor changes that may only be apparent to them, but it sounds like she did a little too much editing down.

    Post # 5
    Member
    17 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I agree with kitzy. Have you thought about asking to see the different poses/locations? That way it doesn’t seem like you’re being greedy and the photog has a better understanding of what you’d like to see.

    Or even something along the lines of, “I remember having such a good time taking *specific shot/group of poses,* how did they turn out?” That might get her to give them up, too.

    Post # 6
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    14186 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I’m guessing the ones she removed/didn’t include weren’t good ones. maybe you guys had your eyes closed or there was something wrong that made them distracting. Or maybe the lighting was bad.

    I’ve been told 40-50 photos is expected for an hour long session. I promise 40 and include about 50-60…unless it’s a really good session. I just did one and I included 80! 

    I wouldn’t show a client work I didn’t think was good. It’s not in MY best interest to show you crappy photos!

    But I think you would certainly be within your right to inquire about some of the locations…if she tells you they just weren’t good, then take it for what it is. You paid a very low amount for photos….chances are the photos she included were the best ones.

    Post # 8
    Member
    10367 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Hmmm at that price point, you may be expecting too much. With the amount of time she’s spending editing even the 46 pictures, she basically charged you minimum wage, if that. Plus, 40-50 photos for an engagement session is pretty standard. My photog had a higher than average return – around 80 fully edited gorgeous images – but we paid 7 times what you did. You get what you pay for.

    Post # 9
    Member
    14186 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    OH i thought you got 45 photos?! I see now that it was only 23 before black and white editing. That is pretty darn low. But either way, “what’s good” is traditionally left up to the photographer in the end since you are paying for their creative abilities for lack of better words. 23 photos is just a weird amount, though =. I’m guessing they didn’t come out good and even Photoshop couldn’t save the day =(.

    Post # 11
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    621 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    @cherrycoke is the photographer new? has she been in business for long? maybe other pictures did not come quite well. I am a new photogrpaher, and i promice about 50 images for an engagement session, but sometimes i give more. Some of my photographer friends told me not to give the “bad”/did not work out images, because then people put them online and it is not good advertisement, as other people would look at them and say that i do bad job.

    Post # 13
    Member
    14186 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I just meant that her exposures were wrong or they were blurry or all kinds of stuff that could go on from behind the camera that has nothing to do with how photogenic the couple is.

    I know when i first started out, it seemed like a solid half of my photos were unsavable. Now i almost never over expose or completely ruin a photo unless we’re just in a really bad spot and it’s not working–in which case i’ll tell the people it may not be a good photo because of the lighting. I paid $50 for photos in Georgia about two years ago and was pretty disappointed with how poorly some of the photos were…I wasn’t even sure why she included some of them because they were so over or underexposed you couldn’t see our faces!

    I hope she understands and answers you, though! Or at least lets you know what’s up.

    Unfortunately, this is probably a window into what to expect for your wedding, so keep that in mind.

    Post # 13
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    1545 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    WOW i am in the same situtation. We are able to view our e pics through smugmug.com (anyone can and save the pictures). There are 72 pictures some of which are the same picture only in a black and white. I remember certain poses but we do not see them. Also, she offers through her website some pictures but told us we only get a CD. I am going to ask for all of the pictures whether they are really bad or dark. I still would like to see them. I do not think you are wrong for asking.

    Post # 14
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    1986 posts
    Buzzing bee

    @ejs4y8: I completely agree! You could always ask for a discounted re-shoot, but you also didn’t pay a whole lot to begin with so I wouldn’t expect much.

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