(Closed) Question regarding photos?????

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
1068 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

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
83 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 5
394 posts
Helper bee

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 # 7
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 9
1000 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@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! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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!

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