It depends on the photographer, number of hours of shooting, how big the wedding etc. There is no standard number. My photographer guarantees at least 300 for our event, with a long day of shooting around 500-600.
You also have to understand that your photographer is going to take waaaaay more photos than that. A lot of photos are going to be duplicates - multiple photos captured of the same moment, pose, detail, where the photographer will then choose the best to further edit and include in the photos that you receive. Some are going to be missed shots or missed focus. I have seen brides here complain that they didn't get every photo the photographer took, but despite what they think, they don't actually want EVERY photo the photography took. You would much rather have a few hundred great shots than have to weed through thousands of images on your own trying to decide the best to print and for albums. Your photographer does that part for you.
Also, it is important to make a list of "must-have shots" for your photographer so they know the types of shots that should be top priority in getting. Unfortunately even the best photographer can not always capture everything so make a list so that they know what is most important to you.
Oh and Mrs. S brings up a good point about having more than one shooter. If you have a second shooter, you will end up with more photos because you'll have another set of photos from different angles. Example, same moment of you walking down the aisle, but you'll get multiple different photos from different angles, which bumps up your number of photos that you'll end up receiving.
Your photographer will probably guarantee you a certain number of shots, but you won't actually get all of them, and they most likely will not all be edited. It's much more important to have a few hundred shots to pick from and then have them edit as many as they contracted to do. 1500 shots in 9 hours works out to almost 160 shots an hour; even with two photographers, thats more than one a minute, so some of them are going to be very close to each other.
I'm not married yet, but the photographer we're wanting to book usually puts at least 300 pictures on the disc she gives back to us. For all-day weddings, she says she averages about 500-600 pictures. Those obviously aren't all she takes, but she cuts out duplicates and pictures she doesn't think are her best work.
Thanks ladies I am just wondering because I questioning the amount of photos I got for a 13 hour period of time. The more comments the better. I know all the info on second shooters and all that I am mostly just interested in the average amount you ladies have received. Thanks for all of your help.
Ashlee, do you mind sharing how many photos you received for those 13 hours? 13 hours is A LOT of shooting time.
Is your entire reception included in those 13 hours as well? Aside from the events at the reception like the special dances, cake cutting, toasts, etc, a lot of reception photos are going to look the same of people dancing. A lot of photographers recommend not even staying too late into the dancing part of the reception because most photos come out looking the same, and while a photo of each guest might be nice, do brides really want hundreds of photos of guests dancing? Are those really the type of photos they want to look back on?
During the rest of those 13 hours, were there events and photos taking place all the time or was there down time?
Yes, 1500 is a lot and there're many that are really close but we didn't mind. I'm not saying we expected that, and the photographer didn't promise that, but we just have more to choose from and that's OK.
300 does seem low for 13 hours. Are you pleased with the quality of those 300? Do you feel like moments were missed that you didn't receive photos of? Are there events that you knew (s)he photographed but you didn't receive in your final count?
She hasnt given one. She said she has never gotten any complaints from other brides and she gives the same amount as other photographers in the area.. which she doesnt if this is the amount she gets I have emailed quite a few.
I think it would also help to specifically question the photos from certain events of the day that you say you haven't received but know she photographed. It will be harder for her to dismiss your complaints if you are very specific about which photos from you day you feel you have missed out on.