Welcome to another installment of “Ask Me Anything Friday!” These posts are designed to answer some of my most commonly asked questions by brides. Hopefully brides, and potential brides, are finding these useful in their quests to find the perfect photographer for them!
This week’s question is “how many images will I get?” This question can vary however before I get into specifics, let me give you my philosophy. In my opinion, you should be able to tell the store of a wedding in around 500 pictures. Of course, there are many variants to this, but in my opinion, no one needs 2000+ images of their wedding. I would rather have fewer amazing images than a million redundant, mediocre images. With that said though, let’s get into some specifics.
A typical wedding usually hires me for 6-8 hours. If there is nothing out of the ordinary going on, they can expect somewhere around 500 pictures. It is sometimes more, sometimes less. It really depends on the couple and their guests. Some couples are more energetic and silly and want those moments captured, while others may sit quietly and smile every so often. You don’t want to deliver 30 pictures of the bride and groom just sitting there at the table during their reception staring and whoever is giving them the next toast. A few of those pictures are good.
As a photographic artist, you’re hiring me for my artistic interpretation of your wedding day through photographs. That means you trust that I will cull only the best images and images that are up to my quality standards. I do not want photographs floating around the internet with my name attached to them that are sub par. My brand and photographs need to truly reflect my style so as not to lead others to think that I am something that I am not or that I am not something that I am.
If your wedding is multicultural, has multiple locations, spans a longer period of time, has more people involved, has special elements to it like a special surprise bridal party dance, a receiving line (which no one really does anymore), or multiple reception events outside of your typical bouquet/garter toss, cake cutting, first dances, etc, then you’ll get more than 500. If you have a 4 hour wedding, you are probably more likely to get 400 or so images.
I hope this helps to answer your questions about how many images you can expect to receive. Remember, the key is quality over quantity.