Hi ladies!!! I missed you all so much!!! I have been so busy since we got back from the honeymoon...
Anyone who follows my blog knows that I have been heartbroken over an issue that came up with my photographer regarding our High-res photos. The bottom line is that she doesn't give them out unless you buy an album which is RIDICULOUSLY expensive ($1300-$5000). Beautiful, but even with the 50% discount she offered if I do the designing, it is just not in the current budget. Without that purchase we only receive the low-res images which can't be enlarged past 5x7 without them becoming grainy and pixelated.
My mom contacted a photographer friend of a friend because I wanted to find out what this was all about. He was wonderful and his response is below:
"So here's the deal - high res disks are the crux of us photog types. Some offer them, some don't. There are valid reasons for both. Essentially your daughter is paying for the photographer's time, both at the wedding and the hours of postprocessing that go in after the day. If the images are not part of the package, your daughter is either forced to buy the disk, or purchase the prints online, which is a big money maker. I would suggest she ask what typical prices are for those prints. If it's very high, the disk purchase may be worth it.
Here's my stance on giving away the disks. I don't give the images out in my basic packages for this reason: in a basic package there is no printed representation of my work. If I give the bride the disk, she can walk into a CVS or send them to shutterfly. I cannot guarantee the quality of those prints. Color may be wrong, cropping may be an issue etc. I can guarantee that all my prints come from a professional lab on the best paper with my edits. That being said, if the couple chooses to buy an album, gallery wrap or specialty print, I give them the high res disk as my work is represented how it should be. In all actuality, my clients typically buy prints from me anyway because they know how they're going to come out and it's super convenient (next day arrival).
I hope that helps. If your daughter hasn't signed a contract yet, maybe she can negotiate print price or adding the disk for a nominal fee. If she has any questions or needs any advice, please tell her she can call me at any point."
Like I said...SO nice, even if it wasn't exactly what I had hoped to hear, at least he validated her view point. But the real question is....
....WHAT DO I DO NOW?? Sooooo not into starting the photographer search ALL OVER AGAIN....