(Closed) Is this normal???

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
1306 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I don’t know if it is “normal” or not, but I would not get that package. I have the rights to our edited photos so I can make photo books, make prints for family and friends, and for my own personal use. I would NOT want to not have the rights to edited photos.

Post # 4
2285 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

For that much money I would demand print release rights in the contract. 

Post # 5
1192 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@sugarcube:  i am paying 3700 and he is doing, engagements, bridal, and 2 photographers for the wedding day.  We get among other things, rights to all the photos.  And he is a fabulous photographer that comes with excellent recommendations.  I would keep looking around.

Post # 7
738 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Some photographers do that to force you to pay them for prints. I’d keep looking if you want to make photo books and other gifts.

I paid $1500ish for 1100 edited photos that I am free to use as I please.

Post # 9
8575 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I can’t compare our costs to yours, we live in a small area. It’s easy to get a decent [not top quality but not starting out either] photographer for around $900 w/ a couple prints, disk & rights to all photos.

Thank goodness I live in the middle of nowhere!

Post # 10
2553 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I would not go with that photographer. Having the edited photos is essential to me, unedited photos are still pretty, but they make the world of a difference. Look at this page from my favorite (unaffordable) photographer. It shows the difference between edited and unedited. NO way I would accept ONLY unedited photos.


Post # 11
2553 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Oh and we are paying $2600 for 7 hours, one photographer, print release and edited photos. He photos are pretty sweet too.

Post # 12
442 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

For $1200 I’m getting up to 12 hours, an engagement session, DVD of images (400-800), and $100 print credit And of course the printing rights. My photographer is AMAZING with a style we love and also considers herself to be a budget bride’s photographer! I was so happy when we met her. Very professional, has a great blog and offered up a DVD of a full wedding as well as her portfolio as part of the booking materials. 

Post # 13
1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

@sugarcube:  Full time professionals from most major cities are very similar in what they offer.  So similar in fact that I always urge people to forget about the “stuff” when it comes to making the decision.  Anyone can offer stuff, but you won’t care how much stuff you have if you don’t love the photos.  Spend what you can to get the best photographer to shoot your wedding and worry about stuff later.  Here is what I consider “normal.”

Expect starting prices to begin in the 2500-3000 range.  Full time pros are going to have huge business operating costs.  Insurance, equipment, etc.  It is not cheap to be a wedding photographer, and once you factor out the operational costs of business the profits from a wedding a very minimal for the amount of work we put in.

Disc of selected JPG images with a PRINT RELEASE. This is pretty much standard in every city I’ve ever shot in (Seattle, Chicago, Portland, San Diego – all the same norm).  The term “rights” means different things to different people.  Copyright is almost NEVER offered by a professional, and if it is it will be at a considerable premium.  You do not need copyright unless you are wanting to sell your own photos for profit.

Expect 50-100 images per hour of service.

Editing practices vary from photographer to photographer.  Most do at least basic adjustments to the images.  Retouching is the next level beyond basic treatments, and some photographers do it automatically, some offer it on images for the album, and some charge extra.

I will say this in bold print, NO PROFESSIONAL OFFERS RAW IMAGES TO THEIR CLIENTS.  I’m sorry, this is fact.  Never once have a heard a story of raw images being released to a client that made any sense to me, or gave me the impression that the photographer letting go of those images wasn’t just starting out. RAW images are the file format that comes out of the camera without editing.  Most clients do not have the means to even open these files. They are ugly.  You don’t want them.


Post # 14
344 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@sugarcube:  I’m going to guess what you’re being offered is unedited files, not actual raw files. Either way, I’d never give clients unedited files unless his theory is that those files are only meant for you to have as a back up! 

Post # 15
1381 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@sugarcube:  FH and I are paying an addition $1500 for the DVD with the edited pictures.  There was a base price that covers just them shooting our wedding.

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