How many wedding photos should I give to the bride?
Topic: What details should a business plan include
July 20, 2019 / By Diot Question:
I'm having a little trouble figuring out how many photos to hand over to the bride. It was my first wedding shoot, and a small event, for which I was paid $150 dollars. Anybody know an acceptable count of photos?
I was a last minute replacement and so I didn't get to discuss with the bride as many details as I should have. We didn't agree on an amount and they are going on disc.
Best Answers: How many wedding photos should I give to the bride?
Carissa | 4 days ago
It COSTS me more than that to shoot a wedding. How are you planning on making a profit at those prices once you factor in income tax, gear rental, gear replacement fund, business operation costs (marketing, phone, web hosting, domain name registration, transportation, business cards, printing of portfolios, contracts ...).
Anyways, that's not what you asked.
For a 8 - 10 hour wedding, I hand over 500-700 pictures. This is after culling most duplicates and ruined shots but includes portraits of most of the guests (think high school portraits, background, off camera lighting ...) and it also includes some edits ... of course, I also charge 1500$ for a wedding.
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Originally Answered: Taking Photos at a Wedding tomorrow???
At least you are "only" the back up photographer, but I also have to wonder if the "main" photographer has any more business doing this than you do. Not trying to be mean, but I just can't understand why so many couples do not take their wedding photos seriously any longer. That should be one of the most important parts of their planning and the LAST place they try to cut expenses. So I blame the couples as much as the amateurs trying to do this.
Ok... here is what you can do and it will probably get you by ok. First, shoot in RAW mode. This can save a lot of photos that will otherwise be lost. When using the flash, set your ISO to 400 and put the camera in shutter priority, (Tv mode on your selector dial). Don't use a hood on your lens or you will have a round shadow at the bottom of your photos when in wide angle focal lengths. Set a shutter speed of 1/45. This will drag the shutter slightly to allow in some ambient light and your flash will freeze subject and camera movement. Do not try to shoot anything over about 20 feet away when using your flash, it is not powerful enough.
You do not state what kind of lens you have, but most likely just the typical kit lens, which is not a large, constant aperture lens. So, when you need to shoot without flash, you are probably going to have to bump your ISO up to something like 1600 or maybe even higher if the church is fairly dim. Place the shutter on 1/125 and hold the camera as still against your face as possible while taking the photos.
Does that camera have "live view"? If so, please do NOT use that. That is NO way to take proper photos with a DSLR. Use the viewfinder so you can compose quickly and keep the camera much more steady.
That should get you by with your equipment, but you are not going to get art by any means. But perhaps between you and the other "photographer" some good shots will come out of it all.
EDIT: To Perki88... I don't get the impression this is a joke question or I would not have bothered to answer it with a serious answer. It may be a joke, but after all the questions we have seen on this site I don't know why you would not believe that someone would be doing this. I don't doubt much of what anyone says on this site anymore.
I usually deliver between 200 and 400, depending on the event and how long I am shooting. This number used to be much smaller, around 100 or so when I shot film. Now brides have different expectations. I do not shoot thousands of images, though, no matter how long I am there. For a several hour day I may shoot 400-500, but usually the number is around 300.
In my first edit, I delete the obvious misses, bad exposure, missed focus, weird expressions, blinks etc. That will reduce the number of use-able shots by a some percentage, maybe as much as one in ten. Then I check the 90% that are left, and do the post processing. I do not delete similar group shots unless there is a problem with the image in aesthetics or quality. You never know, the bride or family may like a different picture than I do. Perhaps the subject has a more natural expression in one than another, This gives them the choice.
If this is your first wedding shoot, I would give them anything that is reasonably exposed and in focus, even if you have some duplicates. *But* I would make a set of the obviously better ones, including the best of the pre-ceremony events, the ceremony, the formals, and the reception. There is no harm in telling the bride that these were what you felt were your favorites. Present the others in a separate CD.
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I would say give them all to her. Except any that didn't come out well of course. If you only give a small amount they may not think very highly of you and why would you wanna keep some that weren't needed. It is their special day so any that came out give to them. A lot of photographers just put them all on a disk for the couple. Also did you tell them an amount you would have? In the future let the couple know appr how many prints your price covers that way if you have more you could charge them more. But if you didn't specify an amount either give them all to them or you could offer all at a higher price but without telling them that upfront it would probably come off rude since they expected to pay the amount they already paid for their pictures.
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go through and keep one of each DIFFERENT shot.
A big mistake many newbie's make is to give 10 different shots of the exact same pose.
Choose one, and move on.
If a picture makes you look bad as a photographer (it turned out blurry, etc...)
Delete it unless it was something really important like the kiss or feeding each other cake, etc...
As far as actual number, it's quality not quantity. You don't want to overwhelm them. Giving them a nice variety of shots that highlighted their day is the objective.
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Well, I'm not a photographer but if it were my wedding I would want all the good photos. Perhaps just send some good ones and if they want more charge them extra.
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Originally Answered: I am thinking of doing a DVD for my wedding. when should I give it out or show it?
We are getting married in less than two weeks and we are going to have a simple slide show of the two of us through the years. About 15 pic's each and then just playing when the guests arrive at the reception. This will only play while they have ors douvres and take their seats. This way the ones who want to watch it may and those who don't, don't have to. It will only last maybe 2.5 -3 minutes and then loop for a little while (maybe 15-20 minutes) it will be off by the time we arrive and are announced. It will not be to any music because there will already be music playing in the background of the hall. Anyway, I love your idea as a gift yo your parents/family after the wedding but for the amount of work that it involves, I dont think you'll have the impact your ooking for. You might want to let people know it's available if they would like it, or something like that.
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