As a photographer working within a professional capacity, I often get asked with anything that I do “how many photographs will I receive?” when booking or when I am undertaking the booking.
While it is important to note that you should explore more than quantity comparisons, you should also understand that the style of the photographer, how they work, how they connect with you and their ability to understand and complete the event to a certain standard is also quite important. Every photographer has a certain area they are experienced in (and love the most), so I am a strong believer that if you pick someone who loves that, they will give you more artistic beauty then you ever asked for!
While you will find my photographs are fixed in most of my packages; such as Christenings and Portrait sessions – events and weddings are not at a fixed cap of images; rather, I supply an average estimate. Every special event such as weddings and major events seem to be very different from each other, with a lot of different things happening and details to capture differently – so, why put a blanket on all of them as if they are the same? Why cap completely if they are all so unique?
The point is, I am a strong believer of quality over quantity. I am a very particular person when it comes to my works of art, so I often won’t supply a photograph if it does not meet my standards – which is how many other photographers operate too. The reason for this is if I am not happy with a certain photograph, for example – the lighting was not at its best because the sun was harsher on your cheek than planned (even if it was retouched), one person’s eyes are slightly blurred, or there is even the slightest movement from a subject – it simply doesn’t reflect my particular quality or style.
I treat every individual image as if it was going to be published or put up on a grand scale, as it is my work of art – so to me, if its even slightly under my standards, I will not supply it, hence – I don’t supply every single photograph I take either. I take the time (and it sometimes is a good few hours) to look at every single photograph taken, zoom in, observe the eyes, the backgrounds, and the details to check to see if it is at my professional standard… and then I begin the task of slowly cutting down to the perfect final photographs to edit and supply; which all end up as a beautiful timeline.
Instead of getting ten of the exact same photographs, you will likely end up with one or two of the same but in much better quality… and to be honest… it makes it so much easier when trying to select the best ones to print or order through an album – because they are all the best ones. I have taken that painstaking which one do I pick? Task away from you… I have already zoomed in to make sure your eyes are clear in case you want to print it on a big canvas - believe me, from my own experience, it’s the best thing that will ever be done for you.
Besides, it would take a painstaking few hours to pick out of 800 photographs too if you were ever supplied with that many. When I meet clients to talk about doing weddings and major events, I don’t like to say “you will get x much”. Instead, I focus on explaining how I will do the event as every event is different, ask the most important things they would like me to focus on, and if there are any extras such as traditions I should keep an eye out for. I also like to ensure we understand each other, feel comfortable with each other, and most importantly – they like my style and will be free to be their selves when we do work together – its all about connection.
I then move onto the expected outcomes, such as timeframes and how many photographs on average I usually end up supplying depending on the type of event – such as religious full day (eight hour) weddings usually getting anywhere between 250 and 350 final photographs, and if they have more traditions (like dancing at the house, or rituals of dressing the groom) it is slightly more. I often won’t go over 500 for 10 hour packages. Non-religious weddings can average between 200 and 300 final edited photographs in an eight-hour day. Again, every wedding is different – but it is captured meticulously with love like it would have been my own. I have been on the other side to understand (I got married in 2017), so my advantage is understanding what you may want and how to relate to you.
It is important to recognise that quality goes far beyond quantity. Sometimes we may forget that quality is more important than quantity, as we are surrounded by quantities being pushed to us everywhere – multiple televisions in the home is better than one, multiple social media accounts is better, having ten lipsticks or plenty of pens – but sometimes, it is better to have quality over quantity when everything else forces us to think otherwise. In the arts industry, this is that case (and also having one Netflix account too for a few people...)
Don’t be scared though, it is a timeline of events – with quality. You will still get a timeline of what has happened, people’s expressions, the little and big moments, and the details – instead of three or ten takes of the same expression, detail or person at the same second. There is more focus on what you would really be wanting to see, the perfect moments – and don’t worry, I usually keep the ones with your uncle throwing a funny yawn at the right moment or one of your nieces sleeping on the chair in the corner… let’s be honest – they are probably the most candid ones!
I hope you enjoyed the read,
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