(Closed) What is the average turnaround time for e-photos?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
18 posts
  • Wedding: May 2013

Mine took 5 weeks because my photographer’s vacation was during that time.  Normally for her it’s 4 weeks.  I think a month is pretty normal, especially suring the summer.  Since it’s wedding season, photographers are much busier with those and have more of a commitment to quick weddding photo deadlines.

Post # 4
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Mine were supposed to take 2 weeks but it ended up taking 3 since she was out of town.

Post # 5
394 posts
Helper bee

There is no “NORM”. It completely depends on the work structure of each individual photographer. Have you checked what your contract states? It will usually give a rough turn around timeframe. 

That being said, anywhere from 2-6 weeks is acceptable, in my opinion. Especially because we are in the midst of the super busy wedding season, so your photographer is likely slammed with shooting weddings, engagements, portraits on top of editing and retouching your session and all her other sessions. 

If your photographer did not give you an estimate on the turn around time (either in writing or in person) it is acceptable to send them a polite email and just calmly ask what their normal turn around is, that you are unsure and wanting to get your save the dates out soon. 

Post # 6
548 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

My Photog originally said we could expect them back the week after we took ours, but since it was right before Fourth of July, I kind of let it slide that I didn’t receive them in one week.  So, I called last week and asked about the status and I think there was some confusion, because we needed them mailed to us (on a disc), since we don’t live close enough to the Studio to just pick them up… and they only have office hours Tue-Thur.  The woman never mailed them, because I think she thought the photographer would, and I called him yesterday saying I’d been keeping my eye on the mail and hadn’t seen them, so he said he’d mail them out yesterday.

So, long story short, it’ll wind up being 3-4 weeks for us.


Post # 7
622 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@atomic:  Right on. There is no norm. Ask your photographer this, either before you sign with them or just send them a follow up. Some photographers do little to no editing so they get them turned around in a week and others spend 6 weeks on them. Just depends. A month is a good amount of time but I wouldn’t be surprised if it takes longer since this is our busiest time of the year.

Post # 8
7902 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

I’d expect mine in 1-6 weeks unless told otherwise by the photographer, but I agree with PP that there is no norm. This will depend so much on the number of photos, the time of year, how much editing is involved…

Post # 9
1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

People tend to always want to do their engagement photos during the busiest times of the wedding season.  It’s a relatively quick edit in comparison to a wedding, but we handle all of our events in the order that they are shot in order to be fair to everyone.  If for instance I shoot an engagement session a day or two after a double or triple header wedding weekend you will be waiting longer than if we do a shoot in the winter or early spring. 2-6 weeks.

Post # 10
1765 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

This is a very busy time for most photographers. I had mine taken on May 17th and I got to see all the edited pictures 3-4 weeks later. I got three teaser pictures the day after our session though. So I would think 2-6 weeks is average.

Post # 11
2968 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

we had ours done on june 24th. she said they’d be ready in a week or two (but in our contract it said it could take up to 3 weeks). i heard from her a few days ago and she said she had to do some extra editing (there was some sort of blemish on all the pics that needed to be removed), so it was going to take a little longer than expected, but that they should be ready this weekend. 

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