(Closed) Really short engagement session…worried! LONG

posted 4 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

so odd. 30 mins sounds like a short time how much photos did she take. our girl gave us two hours and we went all over the place. Make sure to stay in contact with her and make sure you like her work. My sister had a similar problem with  her photographer and she kept her for the wedding and she was not happy with the photos. 

Post # 18
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2016 - Surfer\'s Beach, Grand Cayman

Wait and see how they come out. I’m a photographer and I offer 1 hour shoots but there have been plenty of times where I felt like I got what I needed in 30 min and then am sort of just filling time for the remainder. Sometimes you just get what you need quickly, other times it takes much longer, it just depends on the client and location and lighting. 

Post # 19
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Buzzing bee

We booked an hour, and I actually had to remind our photographer to check the time because my internal clock could tell we’d gone over and felt like we were being rude. She laughed and said hey, I was just having so much fun I lost track of time! We did an outdoor shoot and it rained a little that day (I live in California and it never rains here. This was back in April and it just sprinkled…today is the first day it’s rained since!) she brought an umbrella prop so we could get cute pictures no matter what. She did let us bring props. Fiance was big grump though (we brough out ps4 controllers, they’re custom to us et cetera and we play together) because he didn’t want the props to get wet so we coudn’t shoot the way she orginally wanted to / she and I had discussed, but she totally found a way to do some shots with them and dealt with him like a pro, haha!

It took a little longer to get photos back than we’d thought, but there were 350+ photos

Your photographer sounds snobby and I hope you don’t have them booked for the wedding! GL bee!

 

Oh and for what it’s worth our package was only like $55 on groupon (we were originally planning on getting married out of state so we weren’t looking for a wedding photographer, just e pics) so if you hate these, maybe look for someone on there! I’ll help if you want! 

Post # 22
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Aww man!!! I hope you love your pics!! Ours was 90 minutes long and three outfit changes (for me;))

Post # 23
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017 - Country Cottage and Gardens

We met with our photographer about a month before the engagement shoot in order to get to know each other and ask any questions. That was when we asked about the number of photos and he volunteered info on return time. For reference, we had a 2 hour shoot (deducting the time spent going between two locations) and he said he usually returns about 80-90 edited photos. That probably varies by photographer because we got the impression that he’s pretty selective in his images. 

Does she have a blog that you could stalk a little to get information about return time? He’s pretty active on his blog/social media so we were able to see things like “Awesome engagement shoot this past weekend”, along with a preview. So that was a pretty big hint that he returns the preview the following week. If you don’t want to seem pushy then you could always hunt for some clues that way! 

Post # 26
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

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futuremrs-s :  if you have seen her work maybe thats just how she is. Im pretty sure they are going to come out lovely! sucks that she was a little rude but please keep us posted when you do get proofs ! goodluck! 

Post # 27
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Ugh I’m sorry you had to deal with that!  I’d write her a brief, to the point email, no flowers or excessive thanks, just “Hi Joan, would you please send me an estimated date of delivery for our photos at your earliest convenience?  Thank you.”

I’d be tempted to add something like “please correct me if there is a better way to contact you in future, as I informed you of our interest in the props by email on x date and you seem to have missed it.”

Post # 28
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

My engagement sessions are anywhere from 45 minutes – 1.5 hours, it honestly depends on the couple and locations. I have one location I shoot in (a downtown area) that I can get a huge variety in 45 minutes – or even less…because there’s a lot of diversity. Other times sessions last longer because we’re driving between locations or I’m waiting on my couples to change clothes….or the area we’re shooting in requires a lot of walking to get between spots I want to use. Sometimes I feel like I have to make a lot of conversation to extend the session for that exact reason – because I’ve got what I need and I don’t want it to feel too short for them.

Is a 30 minute session too short? Not necessarily. But that doesn’t mean that you’re in the wrong either. I’d wait to see your photos before making a judgement call. She could have very well been rushing you or she simply could have gotten what she needed.

One thing I will say is that your fiance, being a photographer, needs to remove his professional side out of things. It’s VERY hard as photographers to be on the other side of the camera because we’re ALL guilty of comparing it to how *we* do things. I’ll preface this by saying I had an amazing wedding photograher. As a wedding photographer myself there are things about my own wedding photos I wasn’t super thrilled with and it’s easy to think “well why didn’t she do it this way”. But that logic is a little flawed because everyone has their own style and way of doing things. Just because your fiance does a 90 minute engagement session with his clients doesn’t mean that it’s what you’ll get from your photographer.

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