(Closed) We got our engagement photos …

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Our engagement photo is rather different, we went to Gettysburg and posed in Civil War outfits cos h2b is a Civil War buff. One shot, that’s it. One 8 x 10, two 5 x 7 s and 6 wallets for $30. For the wedding I found a very talented young photographer whose work I love and since we only need about two hours of photography for the wedding and he needs to build his portifilo, he is charging on $200. Also getting a CD with all the unedited pics for $50. I have a talented friend with Adobe Photoshop who can edit the pics for us. She is a gifted photographer herself but since she is in the wedding I had to find someone else to do the job. But we are not getting any albums or anything like that.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

HumarockBride, who was your photographer?

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

One usually has to pay for the digital images.  My photographer (in Cincinnati) said that to get the digital rights/cd we would just have to purchase $100 worth of pics (easy to get to as you said!).  Sounds like yours is more pricey, but you’re in Boston, so I would guess that’s not that surprising?

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

we are actually doing engagement photos as part of the wedding photo shoot. That is, we will have non wedding photos the day before the wedding and then the day of the wedding photos. FH has arranged to get digital copies of the photos rather than have the photographers do the touch up and processing, there time alone comes to around $500 for about 3 hours or less of work.

You didn’t say how much the sitting fee was. If they are only charging per print, then it’s actually not that bad. I can say from having senior photos done that cost over $500 (which is ridiculous but I didn’t realize it as everyone was doing it) however, I ended up with great prints but really it is better to get the prints for your own album and just send one one photo you really like of the two of you. You will save money and you won’t have to pass out so many different photos to so many different people who’ll never really look at them they way you do.

 

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Can’t wait to see your lovely photos!

Aww that stinks, though, about the images.  It’s stuff like that you don’t think to ask when signing the contract, I know I didn’t.  Like for us we got rights to all of our images on a DVD, but none of them have been retouched whatsoever (which stinks because some need it and it’s not something I can do).  Although, I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have all of them.  Maybe you can try to renegotiate the contract somehow to get all the images if you promise your guests will spend a certain amount on purchasing images or something?  Or did it mention anything in your contract about you not getting the images.  If there was no mention either way, I would think that you should be able to negotiate something better than those prices because they seem a bit steep.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Humarock: does this fee for the number of images thing  apply to the wedding pics as well?  Ours is higher for the wedding ones-think we have to spend $400 to get the disc.  I totally understanding wanting them-I know I will so I can make those photo books etc for family members.  GL, I hope it works out-I think you may be stuck paying the fee though 🙁

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

That sounds about average for pricing, and I’m impressed you’re getting the free prints! Maybe ask them if you can have a few websized watermarked images for facebook, etc. The prints from them it will be a much nicer quality as compared to say wal-mart prints. To me you pay for the quality you get.

If it means a lot for you to make albums, etc, with them then go for the digital images. They are still quoting you at good prices.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Oh, I wasn’t thinking that you were bashing them at all! I was just curious b/c I’m shoping around for a photographer and was looking for a good local place. I’m totally lost where to begin!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

I was able to negotiate with our photographer – we didn’t get an album which is normally included in her package.  Instead, we got a DVD of high resolution images with unlimited copyright agreement.  We may still order an album at some point in the future – when we can afford it.  I guess it depends a lot on where you are.  In the Denver area, we paid $1000 for the wedding, $250 for the engagement session, and $100 per hour over the 5 hours that were included in the package.  We ended up using 2 extra hours, so all together, it was $1450.  

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Wow that sucks that we can’t see your pictures.  They need to set them free.

In our case we are going to receive all the images color corrected with no watermarks in a cd and they will also be posted in a website that we will have access to and can share to our social networks.

I love our photographers they are super nice and incredible.

We haven’t even taken our pictures and I"m already raving on about them.

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