Post # 1
Through my coordinator, I asked for a custom photography package that included a CD of high res images and an online gallery so guests could look at and order pics if they want. This was all fine, everyone was happy to accomodate. My photographer recently emailed me tell me the pics were done and up on his website. “Great,” I thought, “just as I expected, the online gallery. From these I choose the agreed upon number for the CD.”
Then I get this huge email describing some website called Pictage and how THAT is the website the pictures get ordered from. I go onto the site and am astonished at the cost of ordering pics from them. Insanely expensive. So thats annoying. Now myself and anyone I sent a link to about Pictage is getting spammed daily about ‘offers’. I am so angry and embarrassed by this! I was never told my pictures would be going to a 3rd party website to be ordered from.
Unfortunately, there is nothing I can do, besides apologize to family and friends. I just wanted to send word to others organizing photography and online galleries to ask the question about how it will all be handled in the end.
Post # 3
Wow, I never would have thought of that! Thanks for the heads up.
Post # 4
Ours also went through Pictage, but I found it kind of convenient for everyone who wanted pictures. Our album and our CD still went through our photographer, and Pictage periodically offered some 2 for 1 deals that made it more affordable to order prints. They were good quality, and I no longer get frequent emails from them 🙂
Post # 5
thats completely normal. Ours were through a third party site as well (though not pictage.) It might be shocking because its not what you were expecting, but that is the norm
Post # 6
I think even if the photographer hosts the pictures in a gallery the prints are really expensive.
Our Photographer charges:
4×6 – $2.50
5×7 – $8.50
8×10 – $10
Post # 7
@cazsos – good point. The photos prints are expensive – but they arent like the prints you would get out of a Kodak machine. Photographers print with a long lasting high quality ink that doesnt fade over time. We had several 8x10s and panoramics printed, they are well worth it.
Also to note-with our photographer, even though the photos were hosted on a third party site, the orders were directed to her in her studio, where SHE printed and sent them out. Not sure if thats the case with Pictage, but its something to look into.
Post # 8
It may be the ‘norm’ but it’s not acceptable when I wasn’t told about it. By not telling me about Pictage, I was led to believe this would all be handled by the photographer. Which is not the truth. And has turned into an irritating situation for myself, family and friends. And I wanted to let other girls know to ask.
Post # 9
I would have to agree that Pictage is overpriced. Did you get the CD of high resolution images that you mentioned was also in your contract?
I uploaded all of our wedding photos onto Walgreens.com , and then sent the link out to family and friends. They always have great prices, are easy to order from (everyone has one nearby), and that would be an easy way to get around ordering from Pictage.
Post # 10
Yes, I’ve heard of using your CD to upload pics to Snapfish or the like, then guests can order off there for very cheap.