(Closed) Wedding Photo Turnaround

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
794 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Don’t worry.  I don’t have mine either.  They said around 6 weeks so that should be at the end of the month.  Goodness am I impatient and it is a 6 month turnaround for the video.

Post # 4
654 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I got married the same day as you and we just got our pictures about a week ago. I think two weeks is a little quick to expect them, especially during what is probably the busiest months of wedding season. I know its hard but I’d hold out until the 6 or 8 week mark before you get really anxious about it.

Post # 5
1418 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I was told 6 to 8 weeks by my photographer, especially since my wedding will be in the middle of wedding season!  I would wait a few more weeks if I were you (even though I would want to see them SO BAD!).  Good luck waiting – they will be so worth it when you get them 🙂

Post # 6
1135 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

Most people’s photos take at LEAST 6 weeks to get to them.  We’re at 10 weeks and our photos were mailed to us a couple days ago.  Talk about impatient…. ours are taking longer than average, but I’d say yours are still well within a reasonable time frame.

Post # 7
394 posts
Helper bee

There are not very many professional photographers that deliver all the images within two weeks. Especially during peak wedding season. There are many factors to consider when looking at a post wedding delivery time : editing, other weddings that were shot before yours, the overall number of images shot (2nd photog= a lot more pictures to edit). Frankly, i would be more concerned if i got my photo’s that quickly, as if the photographer just rushed through them.

What does your contract say as far as turn around time? The standard seems to be in the 4-6 week range. So, honestly, I think you are still within the normal window. If you make it past the 6 week mark, shoot your photographer a friendly email asking what the expected time is for you receiving your final images. 

Post # 8
877 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

My photographer gives about 15-20 teaser photos within a week after the wedding.  Then the rest of the photos will come in about 6 weeks. Personally, I’d rather wait and have them spend more time on the quality of the photos than to have them rush to finish a job.  If you can find a photographer who can give you photos within 2 weeks, they probably outsource their photo processing or don’t have many other clients so they can focus on only one wedding at a time.

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

hour, as a photographer, I’m going to tell you that 2 weeks is a little unrealistic. The only time I have ever gotten a wedding done that fast was when it was a relatively short wedding with no second shooter in the off season.

May is when everyone starts to get married, so your photog had to finish up the weddings that came before yours first. Editing done right is EXTREMELY tedious and time consuming, and as someone else mentioned if you were to be promised your photos within 2 weeks in July, the photographer A.) is probably not very good because he or she has no other weddings before yours or B.) Doesn’t do a proper job of editing your photos before giving them to you. Another point to mention is that even if we outsource the editing (pay some company to do the basic editing for us) THEY have a two-to-three week turnaround time, so it’s nearly impossible to get it done any faster.

I shoot for having the gallery up no later than 1 month from the date of the wedding, but it’s not anywhere in my contract in the unlikely event I take longer than that. I’m actually even so swamped this summer I will probably change the verbal estimate to 4-6 weeks going forward.

Post # 10
36 posts

I am also wary of any photog that’s shooting regularly and turns a wedding around in less than 2 weeks. Did they give you a “normal” time estimate? For mine I always give a “one month from your wedding date”…their gallery goes live on that day – and the gallery cards we have available for guests at the wedding have that go live date on them. I think 4 weeks for a full edit is reasonable – plus it gives me a nice deadline and my couples appreciate the “public commitment” of when their photos are ready.

Post # 11
2344 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We are coming up on 8 weeks and we still don’t have them. We were told about 6 weeks before the wedding, and after the wedding she told us because she is so busy, it would be more like 7 weeks. I am hoping to get them very soon! I would honestly rather wait longer for photos that have been thoughtfully edited than get my pictures sooner. While I’m sure some photographers work lightning fast, or have an assistant that helps them edit, I have seen some 2 week turnaround wedding photos that were not as high quality as ones that take longer.

Post # 12
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think 2 weeks is a really unreasonable short period of time to expect. The norm is 1-2 months. Most weddings take almost 40 HOURS to edit, nevermind any prints you need, albums, etc. You aren’t the photographers only client – they have meetings, future clients to send info to, multiple weddings a week to shoot. You’re still well within the acceptable time frame.

Post # 13
621 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I think you should give your photographer as much time as they need, you want your pictures to come out good! Summer is usually a busy time for photographers.

i think  6-8 weeks is a good time estimate. 

Post # 14
2779 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m still waiting for my two photographers to get back to me. They both do other jobs and I don’t want to rush them but they did promise to send them to me as soon as we got back from honeymoon and I’m getting anxious now! But yes, most people wait 6-8 weeks to get them back. Heck, I knew someone who waited almost 3 months!

Post # 15
6661 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

I was so busy at work before teh wedding, I didn’t even think to ask my photog about this. In fact, I never even met or SPOKE to my photographer! He finally had to call me two days before and ask if there was anything I needed, haha!

After the wedding, things were much calmer at work (go figure) so I called him (for the first time!) and he said 6-7 weeks. It’s been slightly over 8 and I technically have them (they had to be sent to my parents house due to the fact that I can’t receive packages in NYC). But honestly as antsy as i am to see them, I’m not really bothered at the time frame since I know he’s in high demand and it’s wedding season. And I know that they will be the same pictures if I see them now or in 2 months. The only thing that bothered me was when we got past the original deadline and there was no communication. No email or call letting me know the timeframe was pushed back.

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