(Closed) Photography question

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
730 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

When I was meeting with photogs, it seemed like there were about a million ways to do this. I think it’s different for every photographer. Mine included all images (well… by “all” I mean one of each shot… she probably took a bunch of each thing/pose, but we just got the best one, which is good because you don’t really want 16 photos of your cake) – about 1000! – but I paid $200 for the disk and usage rights. She included a low-res and high-res version of each photo (high for printing, low for uploading to blogs, etc).

You just need to ask your photographers what they’ll include. Also ask whether or not the disk images will be basic edited… you want edited images, not straight-from-the-camera images. Some photogs will only edit the images they print. 

Post # 4
1405 posts
Bumble bee

I think if you are getting anywhere near 100 pictures an hour (2 photographers) you are getting full coverage.


My photographer was old school from the film days, very skilled.  I could tell by the filel numbers that there were not many skipped that were not given to me.  They were most likely mis-focuses, missed exposures,etc, but just about every image, I got, even duplicate poses, in which she didn’t take more than 2 or 3 max of the same pose.

A lot of newer photographer’s that learned on digital use the shotgun method….take A LOT of images, and give you the best ones.  Their keeper % may be a lot lower.  Nothing wrong with that, as long as you get full coverage and plenty of nice images to choose from.  I myself would rather have 300 awesome images, than 1000 average ones, and some of the best wedding photographers out there are lower on the scale in terms of image quantity.


Post # 5
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Better photogs will never give you ALL the images. Not only is that too time consuming ($$$$$), it is pretty pointless to give you 10 shots of the same thing. You should expect 60-80 pictures per hour edited from a single shooter, more from 2 shooters. If you get a photog that doesn’t edit (and likely is not as experienced/is cheaper) you might end up with more photos that are of a much lower quality. The specifics are different for each photog. For example, some photogs charge extra for the disk of images, whereas my photog gave the disks out always (no extra charge, built into her price).

Post # 7
1405 posts
Bumble bee

200 sounds cheap to me, but each photographer has a different price structure.  Some don’t want to deal with prints and albums so are more willing to give it away.  More traditional photographers see it as stealing from print business, so will charge what they typically make on printable goods to make up for that.  Some may include the price in the session fees they are charging,etc,etc, or include it for free after you reach a certain price point.  It’s really hard to compare apples to apples here IMO

Post # 8
5494 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

our photogs are giving us all the imagines with the exception of exact duplicates and completely blury, dark or otherwise unusuable photos.  They said to expect about 2000 images.  

Post # 9
59 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

i have not had my wedding…yet. but, i looked through more than several wedding from alexis stein photography who are my photographers for the day of. they showed me and each wedding had more than 650-700 for 6-8 hour weddings and sometimes more upwards to 1000 per. i know it seems like a lot but they shoot to get the shot it seems. they were even nice enough to show me an un-processed wedding that had 870 images and when they were done picking the great shots it was down to 800 or so. they do not snap away. 

some photographers will set their cameras to shoot 5-10 images in a row ALL THE TIME. there is no real art in this, at least in my opinion.


Post # 10
34 posts
  • Wedding: August 2013

my fiancee and I are wedding photographers (and actually based in Albany, NY too!).  I can pretty much guarantee that, in either scenario, you are not getting *all* the photos they take of the day.  That’s practically unheard of.  I realize you don’t want to miss out on what might be a special shot to you (but not to your photog) but you have to remember that you are hiring a vendor who (I hope) you totally click with, gets your vision and will shoot your wedding photos to reflect that.  Also, remember that all photogs keep their raws so if there’s a photo you are wanting you can always get it from them if they don’t include it. 

As to number we deliver – it varies per wedding varies based on the number of hours we are there. We deliver 900 for a full day which is on the higher end (average is around 700-900) but that is only because we still want to give you options of photos that might be important to you (because it has your Aunt Betty in it who you never see) but that might not be “important” to the vision you had of your wedding.  And we always give a CD, rights to reprint, etc…but, not everyone does that.  A lot of photographers in the area will only include a CD with all images in their top packages and then still others never include your images.  For us, we look at it like you’re buying the rights to your photos so you always get the images and the rights to reprint. 

Unfortunately..as you can see…in wedding photography everyone is different.  It’s really all about finding a person you click with, trust to show your vision of your wedding, and will do so at something you can fit into your budget.

and – 2000 pictures is crazy…that’s so overwhelming!  Can you ask them to edit them a bit to take some of that work off you…or do you want everything?



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