(Closed) Turnaround Time for Professional Photos?

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
621 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

On my contract it said 4-6 weeks, we got ours back in 8 weeks, because our wedding was in the “busy” season. I do photography, and in my contracts i put 4-6 too, but i try to get them back faster. I think it all depends on howbusy the photographer is and it is pretty time consuming to edit/retouch all the pictures, especially if you had a whole day coverage for example.

Post # 4
13561 posts
Honey Beekeeper

I think ours took about two months. Have you heard anything from your photographer yet?

Post # 6
3148 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Mine was 2 1/2 months for e-pics. 

Post # 7
627 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Our contract didn’t say anything and we’re still waiting – yes, it’s been over 4 months! No teasers, nothing online, nothing at all! Last we spoke to them, they said our photos would be ready by the ‘fall’ so I’m hoping any day now!

If it’s in their contract, I’d say it’s normal for them. Every photographer is different so try to be patient. Maybe if you ask her for them a bit early since you want to use them for Christmas she can rush a bit? At least you have seen a sneak peek!

Post # 8
1403 posts
Bumble bee

4-8 weeks is normal.  Some photographers pad their contracts so they overdeliver when they arrive early.   Hopefully the reverse won’t be true for you.  I would reach out at the 2.5 month mark to see how they are coming anda when they can be expected.

Post # 9
3240 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@BostonGirl5: We received our dvd 5 months after the wedding……unfortunately there wasn’t a timeframe for the dvd written in our contract, although she did verbal tell me 3 months. We had an unprofessional professional photographer in my opinion.

If you want a few (like 3-4) photos for Christmas cards, why not try asking her if she’ll send you those?

Post # 10
2947 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

We won’t get our DVD until our one year anniversary. 🙁

Post # 12
1987 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We were VERY lucky with our photographer. He had our E-pics to us a week after the session.

Our wedding pics were to us within 3 weeks.

By The Way, we didn’t do an album which I know holds up some photogs.

Post # 13
462 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Just got mine 🙂 Just under 1 month!

Post # 14
867 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Our contract says 5 weeks – and we’re not exactly getting married in peak season (this weekend), so I am hoping we get ours before Christmas, too!  I asked for no prints, but all of the edited digital files!  I am the artsy fartsy type and want to scrapbook albums for the parents as well as do our wedding album!

Post # 15
37 posts
  • Wedding: September 2011

Ours told us it would take “up to 12 weeks” (which would be latest Dec 17 for a September 24th wedding).  However, now she is saying that the average turn around time is a 12 weeks and that because our wedding was at a peak time there’s no way they’ll be ready before the holidays.  I checked our contract and it actually doesn’t guarantee a delivery date (I am an idiot!).  My husband and I are actually traveling to Asia this Christmas to celebrate with my extended family members who were unable to afford traveling across the world.  The photog did say that she will try to post a few pictures for us before the holidays so that we can show my family overseas, but it sounds like it will be only a handful.

I’m totally bummed.  Our photog is clearly very talented, but I’m realizing that I probably value having pictures in a timely manner more than I value having perfectly post-processed ones.  How is it fun to get wedding photos like 6 months after the wedding?  I am just so down about this right now :(.

Oh and our package is all digital–no prints!

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