Post # 1
So I might not have done enough research on this but I wanted to ask others.
We just had our engagement photos done and they are up on our photographers site. I love almost all of them but I know I can’t afford to print each one out.
SHould my photos be put on a CD for me? Just in case I want to order more in like 2 years??
I’m waiting to hear back from my photographer but I wanted to ask others.
I really want almost all my photos.
Post # 3
I think it depends on your contract. Ours stated that we would only receive 30 digital files and 4 prints. I do agree that getting the digital files is more economical (getting them printed somewhere yourself). However, your contract my limit the amount. We wanted 5 additional pictures, and had to pay $10 for each additional picture. So we choose 35 out of the over 300 taken.
Post # 4
Yes! Try to get a CD with all the pictures and a signed release, so that you can make copies anytime you want. Just think about this…if in 20 years you want pictures you are going to have to get in touch with the photographer, who hopefully is still alive and still has the pictures…you get the idea, right? I recommend you to try to get the cd and the release 🙂
Post # 5
It really depends on the photographer and the package you purchased. Even if a cd is not included in the package you purchased, they should be willing to sell you a cd with some or all of your images. Just talk with your photographer and see what they offer.
Post # 6
I just heard back from my photographer and she is going to mail us a CD of all the pictures (YAY!!!!!) I’m so happy I don’t have to spend close to $800 just to get a copy of almost all of them.
I’m planning on taking 1 of the photos and turning it into a “Thank you” card for my bridal shower on Snapfish!
I’m so happy right now!!!!
Post # 7
You really need to make sure you have *already* negotiated a CD release of the HI RES (not low resolution or watermarked) images in your contract. If you haven’t, you probably don’t have any options other than paying the photographer’s price for prints and/or paying another hefty fee for the image rights.
ETA we posted at the same time. Happy dance for your CD of all images 🙂 🙂
Post # 8
I’m actually curious now, does anyone know how photographers make their money?? Is it the pictures you order and have printed?? Or is it for the time you are paying to shoot the wedding??? Does anyone know?
I’m almost positive my photographer doesn’t develop her own pictures (she works out of her condo) So she must be making her money for shooting.
Post # 9
@SoontobeMsL: That depends on the photographer and the pricing plan in place. There are two ways in which photographers make their profit, and they are:
Front End: Charge a lot for shooting, services contracted for and provided, and provide a DVD of digital files to the client. In this scenario, photographers prints are usually priced very low to encourage purchase of high-quality prints. (Most wedding photographers these days use Front-End pricing)
Back End: Charge very little up front for a session and don’t give a DVD. Photographers make a profit off the prints the client orders, and price the prints extremely high, so you are essentially buying the “image” and not the piece of paper it’s printed on. (Most portrait photographers utilize back-end pricing).
I think either one is a perfectly fine way of doing business, as long as you know which one you are getting when you buy in! 🙂 Keep in mind that some very pricey photographers may charge a lot up front AND not provide the DVD to make money on the back end as well, so don’t assume that just because a package is expensive, that it includes the disc. Glad you got your DVD!