JonaBeth Russell wrote: »
There seems to be a trend in the US of digital receipt of images, rather than a printed album. Many choose to print themselves, and combine into their own album, and some never print more than one or two. I personally don't mind, so as to limit the amount of resource consumption, but then again, I'm a treehugger who lives in a camper van full-time.
However, models like the one Matthew mentioned (the large business model) are likely contributing to the insane amount of photos problem, whereas they could simply back down that number of photos, still provide perfect color correction, and stay busy all the time...without putting the knife to the throat of independent shooters in the area. Basically, the studio's approach seems like the Wal-Mart theory...sell it in bulk, sell it cheaper per photo, feed the great American "give me more than I need" mentality. (That's not meant as an attack on you or the studio, Matthew, just an observation)
Right now, our wedding experience is still fairly limited. I can say that on my first solo wedding, I shot over 2,000 pics. I regretted it the moment I loaded them into Lightroom. However, at the same time, I was grateful, as I learned a LOT about indoor shooting, and had I not taken so many, I would've had a very very grumpy final set. lol
Total album choice edits was 60, and the client still wanted all of the leftovers (around 1900 pics). It was, indeed a royal pain in the ass. She took forever selecting her album choices (to be edited / corrected), and I worked myself silly culling the mess.
After that wedding, I reduced my pic count by half and had a much better time, as well as better results. I don't want to hassle with 12 shots of the best man and groom hugging. 3 shots will do fine. Same with the procession. 2 shots of each couple entering, then move on. No more 7fps "hope I got the good one" silliness.
Qarik wrote: »
So I don't let the client pick all the images for the album. I present the FINISHED gallery of 400-500 images and ask them to pick few MUST haves and then I do the album myself as it pleases me. There is no way I am presenting 2K+ unedited images to my clients.
jonh68 wrote: »
I think along the same lines. My business is mostly beach weddings that there isn't much fanfare and they usually last 1 hr for my coverage time. I don't make as much money as the all day weddings for sure but they are much more enjoyable. I will probably take about 200-300 shots and select about 40-80 for the proof gallery depending on how many posed couple shots we get in afterwords and how many family shots we do.
I had a recent engagements session where the couple selected 30 images from the set as their favorites but they also wanted all the pictures in the set. I edited their favorite 30 and sold them the others as is which just had basic edits applied in batch. They were fine with that. They were not shots that extra editing would benefit anyway.
From the way I shoot there are a few from each set where I shoot knowing what I want to do in post so they may not look good as is. I will spend more time on those before I put in the proof gallery because these are the money shots.
edited, digital files. usually just downloaded from smugmug site.
I deliver 2-3000 pictures about 5-6 days from wedding day.