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Thread: Wedding photographer didn't come with photos?

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    Originally Posted by itsallgrand
    Oh that would be cool!

    I'm super surprised at this situation. We've been looking into photographers lately so this is a good heads up on what to ask and be very sure of what is included.
    We went to the wedding of his step bro last summer, and part of what was included in the package was semi personalized books of photographs to each major family group. So the parents received books that included more photos of their family etc. I thought it was very nice!
    Yeah, one of the options through this lady is a book with prints for $350 or something like that. Wife really wanted one, but I work seasonally, so I'll probably end up putting one together myself during my down time to save a few bucks.

    Overall, I was *not* a fan of paying $3,000 for a photographer, especially considering she was on her own-- no assistant or anything. But I'm also not the biggest fan of photos altogether or very knowledgeable of the cost:value ratio as far as that service goes, so I let the wife have dominion over that. The photographer's personality was definitely factored into the price as my wife tends to-- albiet within reason-- value someone who's more exceptionally personable over someone strictly professional, even if the quality's a bit better. I am the exact opposite. But lady knew which of us was the target audience, so fair play to her. Still, I think you should settle for a bit more than we got if you're gonna put a comparable amount of money into it.

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    I'm glad you resolved it as far as what the contract said. I can relate to this kind of frustration. when I planned a wedding (that was cancelled) I really disliked dealing with the various vendors. For our tiny wedding we needed one professional other than the officiant to prepare something creative for after. She was lovely to deal with but was not one of the hot shots and worked out of a simple studio apartment, simple contract, did what she said she would, reliable, a pleasure. We didn't have a reception and I was glad about that. I guess the good thing is you didn't have to deal with the planning/negotiation with the photographer which can be time consuming.

    After our son was born and I was exhausted we received a bill for a certain post-birth service. It was more than expected. Our son was born early in the year and we'd signed the contract late the previous year -well not an actual contract -probably an exchange of emails with his fee. He said "well those were my [last year] rates and my rates went up." So I said firmly -no - we signed you up late last year and that was the fee you quoted us. He apologized. It was a difference of about $100 which mattered to us.

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    Our budget will be much less, but we also don't live in NY. I'm sure the prices go up in any bigger city.

    The photos you did share here were beautiful. So hopefully you did get quality. Which, I've heard some people who were disappointed with their photos, and that would totally suck.

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    Hmmm...my husband and I paid $5200 for our wedding photos (the most expensive part of our entire wedding, by far), but we got a free engagement shoot, TWO photographers (the main photographer and his wife, who is his assistant), plus downloadable galleries of both shoots, so we both have them saved on our computers, and we've since gotten various photos printed through online photo services. Any photos or albums done by the photographer would be part of an extra package, and they are outrageously expensive (for $1100, we got a small album of our engagement shoot plus 5 or 6 matted 8 X 10's, which was STEEP). They did a fantastic job, though -- I normally HATE having my photo taken, but they made me look good, so no complaints there! And, they took a ton of pics, including one of pretty much every guest at the reception.

    For $3000, I would think you would at least get a USB drive or a downloadable gallery. BUT...was that in the contract you signed with the photographer? There's all kinds of fine print in those. Our photographer walked us through EVERYTHING, including that they required a meal (which makes sense since they were with us for like 8 hours), so when we signed the contract we knew exactly what we were getting. If the gallery wasn't part of the contract, then...they don't have to give you one. But, again, for 3K, it seems like they'd include that!

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    Yes thats the business.

    Believe it or not your wife got a great deal, depending on the skill level of the photographer, getting rights to the negatives. I've seen some , higher end photographers, charge an additional 500$ for them.

    Honestly, its all about skill level, the more talented and well known the more the price gouging. Call me crazy but I think quality is worth the money, so many buy a camera and thinks that qualifies them as a photographer.

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    Wow I cannot believe what photographers are charging for photos! We paid 300 pounds ($600 Canadian) and received all the edited prints on a CD. This was 9 years ago but still...yeesh

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    Originally Posted by superfan
    Wow I cannot believe what photographers are charging for photos! We paid 300 pounds ($600 Canadian) and received all the edited prints on a CD. This was 9 years ago but still...yeesh
    $600 USD seems really inexpensive. Remember, they arenít just shooting the wedding - they are transporting, staying somewhere, spending hours editing, paying their own taxes and health insurance, etc

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    The $3K covers the release and touch-ups for all the photos. Just download them all, and print with Snapfish or Costco, or Walgreens. This way, you can print dups and include the guest who has a photo in the thank you card.

    If you don't have as much room on your computer, save to Dropbox (not google photos). I prefer this way instead of some flash drive that gets lost or damaged. We paid $1000 for our photography, but crap, you get what you paid for...plenty of fish eyed shots - bleh!!!! I know people who pay $5K or $10K with video.

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    Originally Posted by tattoobunnie
    The $3K covers the release and touch-ups for all the photos. Just download them all, and print with Snapfish or Costco, or Walgreens. This way, you can print dups and include the guest who has a photo in the thank you card.

    If you don't have as much room on your computer, save to Dropbox (not google photos). I prefer this way instead of some flash drive that gets lost or damaged. We paid $1000 for our photography, but crap, you get what you paid for...plenty of fish eyed shots - bleh!!!! I know people who pay $5K or $10K with video.
    What heís saying is he needs to pay extra to get the photos released.

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    Originally Posted by mustlovedogs
    What heís saying is he needs to pay extra to get the photos released.
    Oh. I read that wrong. That's ghetto.

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