Post # 1
Let me start by saying I live in the middle of nowhere along the Mexico/California border with the nearest large city being approx. 2hrs away.
Alright then, I am getting married in Houston, TX and both my Fiance and I are unable to make a committment to be there together for engagement photos (his work changes his days off almost weekly, annoying!) and we have to take what annual leave he has for things like signing a contract, taste testing food and whatnot. Plus, a new photographer should be easy to find, right? Well apparently not, there are only two photographers where I live and while I am sure their wedding packaged deals are good their engagement prices or portrait sessions I am unsure of. Now i know I mentioned two photographers but one I cant even imagine because the pictures are just not what I am looking for, the other however offers a couple of packages but the affordable ones being;
$275 for 1-2hrs, Online Proofing and 20 edited images (and I ONLY get these 20) if I want more, I have to buy them for $20 each
$400 for 1-2hrs, Online Proofing and 30 edited images (same applies) and $150 print credit (so pretty much 10 5×7)
Is this a good deal? In addition to these cost I have to buy a permit at the location we want to take pictues at for myself ($40) and her ($100). If I was getting all of my pictures I wouldnt think twice, but I even asked if she would give me the remainder of them over 20 or 30 unedited and she said no. Should I find someone in San Diego or am I just wanting too much for the amount of money? Help bees, I am new to all this!!!
Post # 3
I would suggest trying to find a photographer who will let you have all the images with the printing rights. If you have to buy each additional image at $20 that really adds up…
Post # 4
@mnhix: That was my thought.. 🙁 I REALLY want to have my shots done in the area, its so beautiful. (Think the sand scenes in Star Wars) I might just suck up the added cost if I end up liking more then 20.
Post # 5
Well to put it into perspective for you we’re based in San Diego and we charge $500 for an a la carte engagement session. We guarantee 40 fully edited/retouched photos with a print release on a disc. Travel would be extra. I’ve never met a professional photographer that releases unedited images to a client, so they are definitely not unusual in that sense.
Post # 6
I charge the same/offer about the same as Continuum and Im in upstate NY. So IMO you are getting a fair price from either.
Post # 7
@Excited To Bee: I think you are overthinking this and not looking at the whole picture.
Photographer A may take 100 pictures, and offer you 20, 30, or 40 images in a gallery or on CD, fully edited. You are never getting ALL the pictures, and the ones chosen to include are done so by the photographer.
Photographer B (like the ones you mentioned) sounds like they show you all the pictures in a proofing gallery and from there, you select your favorites. They edit them and supply you the 20,30,etc final edited images. The difference is that you selected these from the the batch instead of your photographer selecting them.
This isn’t a bad thing, just a different workflow.
Post # 8
Do you get to choose which 20 or 30 you get? Honestly, 20 or 30 is probably enough if they’re ones you like, but if she gets to choose which one she gives you, that doesn’t sound like a good deal to me.
Post # 9
Remember quality over quantity applies too. 🙂 Usually only 10-20 images are solid anyways.. More like 10 are solid in my professional opinion. Others are not bad at all but Im all about solid money shots for my clients not fill in fluff to have a higher number image count.. Its not about how many, its the quality. Go for the photographers work you love!
I personally only need a handful of good pictures of the FH and I. I just dont know what Id do with 50 photos of the two of us besides but them in a book that collects dust. lol
Im betting most couples only really like a handful and the rest are just ok..
Post # 10
Things must be different from where you guys are getting married. Our engagement pictures are included in our package for the wedding.
We are paying $1000 for our photographer. That includes the day of the wedding as well as our engagement pictures. She comes as I am getting ready for the wedding and will stay throughout the reception. She will stay for the cake cutting, toasts, first dances and what not. Then she stays about an hour into the dancing. We also get all prints from our engagement session as well as our wedding. We don’t have to pick and choose whiche one’s we want.
Post # 11
I can’t imagine only getting 20-30 edited photos! I got 1300 edited photos with my wedding, and LOVE probably a hundred of them at least, so that would add up too fast for me.
Post # 12
I would request to get the unedited digital negatives, if you can. That way you can still go to CVS or Walmart to print ones you like, but you can get the nice professionally edited ones as well.
FWIW, we got the digital negatives with 450+ files (b&w, bright color, and softer color versions of each photo) with 2 hours of photography, and it was $200 (in the DC area). But it may have been less because the photographer was also our wedding photographer? Not sure on that one though!
Post # 13
@ashnic87: no, your photographer is doing that for you (picking the ones that make the final cut).
How long is the shoot? 20-40 finished proofs is pretty typical for a one hour portrait session where all the images are retouched. I know some photographers give hundreds of photos wiwth engagement sessions but these are typically “shoot and burn” type shoots that are edited as event quality.
Post # 14
How many engagement shots do you really need? We got a DVD with all of ours, but honestly, only ever used 4 of them (even though we like them all). As long as I got to choose the 20 I liked best, I think i’d be cool with that.
Post # 15
I would try to find someone who will give you the rights to print the photos yourself. If you can’t do that then I would do the second photographer that lets your choose which photos you want from the online proofing gallery. What the photographer likes might not be what you like necessarily. Yes I trust their opinion on most things, but sometimes you just hate the way your arm looks, or your dress is sitting funny, or whatever!
Post # 16
@USER876: We got 200 fully edited images from our 2-hour engagement shoot. Definitely not shoot-and-burn. So, it does exist!