One of the top questions we get from our clients is, “How many images will we receive?” Along with, “How do you decide which pictures to give us, and which to discard?” The answers lie in sorting. Sorting is one of the key processes in wedding photography.
The goal of this article is to explain to our new brides what directs us when we sort their wedding photographs. It might also be of help to starting wedding photographers who haven’t developed their sorting processes yet.
1. Bad photos are bad
Let’s be real: at the end of the day, every photographer has a number of images they’d rather not show to their clients. While newbies struggle even with the equipment settings, experienced pro photographers might encounter issues such as a flash that didn’t go off, a blinking client, or a guest who unintentionally stepped into the shot. Such photos inevitably end up in trash. While your first reaction might be, “I want those pictures!!”, think about your photographer’s portfolio. If you trust your wedding photographer enough to hire them, be assured they can tell a good photo from a bad one. It’s a no-brainer that no professional photographer wants to see their name next to sucky photographs.
Also, think about the photos from your last vacation. How long did it take you to sort them before you posted them on Facebook? Exactly! This is the service you pay for when you hire your wedding photographer. Don’t buy into having all images, so that you end up with five thousand pictures that nobody, including you, wants to go through.
2. Sequences and group portraits
Sequences are multiple photographs of an action as it evolves in time. While some people think it’s good to keep only one or two pictures out of every sequence, we think it’s up to our clients which images are better, and we provide all good photographs from the sequence, whether it’s 5 or 15.This sequence of photographs were taken by other Olexandro team member. Lots of beautiful photographs, so everybody can choose :)
The same goes for group portraits. It’s no secret that everybody has a specific idea of how they should look in photos. That’s why we always take up to 5 shots of each group setting, and will always keep all good photographs. This way, our brides and their relatives can decide which images they like and which ones they don’t.An example of family portrait. Bride and groom received all these images in high resolution. This way, the family can shoos which portrait they like, instead of wedding photographers choosing and editing just one photograph
While it’s true that in this case you will have some photographs you don’t like (whether it’s a pose, a particular facial expression, or an angle), at the same time, you will get ALL GOOD images. Now, you can decide for yourself what photo should be perfected!
3. The more images you have, the less perfected they will be
It’s funny how often you come across a promise to get 2000 “fully edited” photographs on a DVD :) In our understanding, a fully edited image is an image that has gone through colour correction, after which it has been processed in Photoshop. It must be a perfect image. Such process can take from 10 to 30 minutes per photo!
Let’s cut this time down to 4 minutes. 4 minutes x 2000 photos = 8000 minutes = 133 hours!! This means if your photographer has an average salary of $17/hour, just editing alone would cost you $2250! The funny thing is, photographers who promise this usually charge under $1000.
Ok, let’s get back to the real world. Who needs 2000 perfectly edited photographs? Seriously?! Especially since, as we’ve mentioned in step 2, there will be some photographs you won’t like. Why pay for editing those? Nobody wants that!
How does this affect the number of photographs you are getting? Because we don’t have to spend 10-30 minutes on each photograph, we are more than happy to provide our clients with beautifully colour-corrected pictures. Out of those, they can choose 5, 10, or 50 (but not 2000!) images that must be perfect. These are the photographs that end up in your wedding album and on your wall.
4. It’s hard to predict the number
At this point, you can still ask, “So, how many images am I getting?”. You see, it’s hard to specify the exact number. We try to tell the story with as many images as needed, which is based on how the event unravels. One thing we can say for sure, it’s rarely fewer than 50 photographs/hour.
At the end of the day, it’s not the number of images, but rather their quality and style that really matter. We hope that you will find a wedding photographer who will capture the beauty of your story as amazingly as it deserves :)