(Closed) So what "extras" are important when booking a photographer?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

We did not find the canvas photo to be necessary. I do think a good quality album is though. But that is something that is important to Darling Husband and I. A high quality album costs about $800-1k to make so $1200 sounds about right. You have to factor in all the editing time your photographer is going to put into it as well. Trust me, when the album costs hundreds to make it is not comparable to something you get off snapfish.

If your budget is tight try asking the photographer to remove the album from the package, but allow you to decide after the wedding if you would like an album or not. That way you can at least defer that cost for a few months.

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

In my opinion, hire the best photographer you can afford regardless of extras. Once you have amazing photos you can always order prints/albums/canvases later or do them yourself. But you can never go back and get better photos. So I’d basically ignore the extras unless it comes down to two photographers you absolutely love and can’t decide which you think is better or something.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

Just like pp said, you can pretty much ignore the extras like albums, canvas prints, etc.  The most important one would be a print release, which means that a photographer will give you a waiver or statement that allows you to print the photos on your own wherever you like — this is how you will be able to get prints and put together albums on your own.  There is a difference between a print release and a copyright release, and in my opinion you only need a print release.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We also thought having the print release was most important aside from hiring a photographer we loved. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@spotted_giraffe:  In my experience it’s better to negotiate with the photographer now and get everything you want in your photography package up front, rather than worry about it later.  The main thing is to pick the absolute best photographer that you can afford & make sure the photography is the STYLE you want.  

Were you givin the opportunity to see a sample album and to get a sense of the quality you will be receiving? Don’t forget to ask how many photos you will receive in the album.  I think it is really important to have the album(s) included in the package unless you know someone who can do it for cost.  My future BIL and his wife decided to get their album on their own (not from the photographer) and ended up paying around $800 for it.  To me, that is not a deal.  The album was lovely but it was not as nice as the albums my photographer offers.  

If you decide that you will only hire the photographer to take photos and provide them to you but that you will get your prints, albums, thank you cards, whatever extras you want ELSEWHERE you are going to want to make sure you get the rights to the photos.  I lucked out b /c my photographer doesn’t copyright his work so we can do whatever we want with them (for example use our e-pics on our wedding website & on the save the dates we made).  

Individual prints won’t bring the cost of your photography package but removing things like albums or canvas prints will.  You just need to figure out what you really want.  Are parent albums being included for that price as well?  

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

The only item I would say is that make sure the photographer will edit photographs to your specification. They wont do them alll, but a few is important.

IE there were a couple of great photographs, but there was a bright exit sign behind my head so he took it out when he made the album.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

You won’t find an album online that will be of the quality of your photographers. Also, consider that the photographer will do the work for you whereas if you make your own album you may keep putting off doing the work. For me – this made getting an album worth it. For others – it won’t be worth it. We decided not to buy parent albums because I know we can make beautiful ones online and our parents will show it off a lot in the year after our wedding and then almost never look at it again.

Same with the large prints – it’s not necessary. Don’t get them at walgreens or something, but you can find websites that make nearly professional grade prints.

For the one who wanted to charge you for copyright fees… Run away from this one. Your photographer should give you all your photos on a CD or DVD or whatever and let you make prints at your discretion. Don’t let any photographer hold your pictures hostage or put watermarks on them! 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

As others have mentioned the stuff really doesn’t matter.  If you have the money to afford things get whatever you want, but you should never be comparing photographers based on what’s in their packages.  Judge them based on the impact their photography has to you and whether you connect as people.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

we had the copyrights to our photos so we made our own album using snapfish. the quality is fine and TBH, we’ve looked at that album maybe twice since we got it (back in april 2012). you don’t need to spend a ton of money on stuff like that. just make sure your photogapher is excellent at what he/she does and fits the style of what you want your pics to look like. get the copyrights and buy your pics cheaper elsewhere. another website i found that prints high quality is mpix.com.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I just want to weigh in and say that any of the places you can buy prints, canvases and books from will not be the same quality as those your photographer can source. However, you may not be able to tell the difference. 

I am a wedding photographer and all my packages include high resolutions files (3700px by 5600px unless I have cropped an image) prepped for web and print at my recommended online photo retailers. Regardless, their results will never be quite as consistent as my professional sources. I do digital packages because I don’t love doing album designs and the workflow so I don’t force them on my clients. I do think an album is important but I charge a lot for them now because they’re a huge amount of work. 

You don’t need copyright – what you need is a print release. Most photographers retain copyright so they can use images for marketing purposes. Without a constant stream of new images my business doesn’t grow so my contract outlines a print release not copyright for the client.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

@calibee79:  Your photographer actually relinquished their copyright to you? Or you have a print release?  There is a big difference.  Most professionals are going to charge A LOT more to give up a copyright on a wedding, and it’s an expense that mot people unless they are celebrities cannot afford or need to have.  Most professionals offer a print release standard if they are providing a disc of images.

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I agree with @CorgiTales. Mr. Mac and I decided that we are just getting the photographer, CD of images and print release. That way we can get the best photographer we can afford and worry about gettin the prints/photo album together later.

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