(Closed) Married Bees – Did you get what you expected from your photographer?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

The first thing I wouldn’t have noticed (unless I had specified certain reception pics I wanted) but the second thing you mentioned about poor picture quality, that would tick me off.

I didn’t have poor picture QUALITY, but I was not thrilled with some of the angles. I had specifically said, “I don’t like X angle of myself.” And it was in a lot of my pictures.. So I don’t like those.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Photographer contracts are usually by the hour, I thought, so if you had an agreed-upon number of hours the photographer was supposed to be there, and you didn’t get it, then you did get cheated. I know less about pixels – we got a disk from ours and the quality was very good, but that’s all I really know.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee

They’re 2 megapixlels? Really? I don’t think they make cameras with that poor quality anymore. That being said, it should pring 4×6 fine but not much bigger

Post # 8
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Blushing bee

What file size/type are they?

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We had 2 photographers, one for our overseas ceremony and one for our at home reception. Our o/s photographer was highly experienced using a top of the range camera. His photos were about 6500×4900 on average. Our at home less experienced photographers pics were about 4100×2700 on average.

Our o/s photos can be blown right up to poster size with no problem. We have many 10×15″ prints from both ceremony and reception.

1040×2080 sounds like he must have converted them somehow? That seems way too small. My personal photos from our tiny little Canon snapshot are 960×720.

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’d ask them what is up. Maybe they forgot to burn the full res versions? My photog gave us both web sized versions (which it sounds like you got) and full sized ones on the same disc to make it easier for us.

Why did you pay $2500 for someone who you didn’t think is talented?? In Denver, you certainly could have gotten more bang for your buck.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Oh yeah,I prob should have also mentioned that our o/s photographer was $750 AUD for 3 hours ($250 per hour) and got 310 photos on CD,all high res. Our at home photographer was $750 for 5 hours ($150 per hour) and we got 520 photoson disc, all high res.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@rusticgirl:  It’s also possible you got a crop photographer. This is someone who doesn’t bother to compose their shots in camera so they end up majorly cropping everything after the fact. This would explain the file size and the graininess (severely cropped photos are extra grainy). It’s possible the photographer is not witholding the hi-res; the full size photos may just have a lot of extra nothing around the sides and be no good if she’s as “untalented” as you say.

As for the hours, that’s why you have to watch out for these “unlimited hours” photographers. Unlimited means they are not going to cut you off at a certain number of hours, but they also aren’t obligated to stay the whole night. The unlimited hours photographers I know stay only until they “have it.” That means they stay as long as they feel it takes them to provide complete coverage of your day, which may only include xxx number of shots of drunk people dancing – you don’t need 800 of those. If you want coverage from the minute you wake up and start getting ready to the very last minute of the reception, you need to purchase an “ALL DAY” or “12 hour” package. Anyway, I think legally she’s covered – a good lesson for future brides to be careful about that so they really get what they are expecting!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Yeah it totally sounds like you didn’t get the high resolution pics on your disk.  I would contact the photographer to find out.  My husband and I got all of the original pics on a CD, and we blew some of them up as big as 16x20s for the living room and they look perfect…so you should definitely be able to print bigger than a 4×6. 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

What does your contract state?  All photography contracts should specifically address deliverables (i.e. file size).  Note that megapixels are just a number in the grand scheme of things.  It’s not uncommon for guests to have point and shoot cameras that have more megapixels than our $3000+ pro bodies.  I have printed photos over 6 feet wide from 12 megapixel pro bodies that have total pixel counts less than one of the bees was mentioning here that look stunning.  Optics from a $2000 lens are going to seriously outclass that point and shoot with whatever high megapixel number it may be.  So much more goes into a good photo than just that number.  That being said you shouldn’t have any quality issues printing out a 4×6.  $2500 usually shouldn’t be indicative of a photographer with marginal talent either.  Hard to know if you got ripped off unless the photographer violated the terms of their contract.

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