some people wonder why they dont get “EVERY” photo back from a photoshoot. the reason is every photo snapped is not the bes photo. believe or not i’m not perfect.(I know right? shocking)and , especially on location shoots, I can easily spend 20-50 shots attempting to find ONE good image. sometimes that doesnt happen, the pose is off, the idea i had isnt working, lighting isnt good, background isnt interesting or is too distracting, camera missed focus, or a myriad of other issues can make photos look like crap. sometimes photos look just fine..but are not TOP notch. and as a point of keeeping my reputation, i will only ever provide the BEST of my work. I limit myself to 10 images. this forces me to take fewer but more purposeful shots, it also forces me me to have a keen eye and and very selective about what i chose to edit out of the mix so i dont waste time on subpar images. when i was a noobie i would send back 30 -40 and in some cases up to 60 photos, some of those were mediocre or just not good. i usualy regretted it after the model or client shows them pubicily. othertimes I might find 4 or 5 of very smiilar images that could have easily been dwindled down to 1 or 2 solid examples of that particular pose/concept. There is also the issue of time. Editing takes time and doing more than 10 with out being compensated monetarily cuts into time that coudl be spent earnign money to bills, eat, survive and all that good stuff.
But basiclay if you are the subject in a photoshoor whether a payign client or a model, you are not entiitled to ANY of the photos just because you are in them. You are entitled to what you agreed to prior to shooting/paying. the agreement you make when you shoot with the photoggrapher should stipulate what you get back in return, and that and only that is what you are entitled to. in my case you are entitled to no less than 10 photos from a shoot. 10..TOP notch photos. if you you shot with me and havent received all 10…i still owe you. if you received more than 10…youre fortunate ..i will do that from time to time as somtiems its too hard to elminate good photos. In the future clients will have the option to pay for additional photos. Proofs will be provided so you can choose the first 10 once this is implimented.
lastly., to the photographers out there ( typiclay amateur) that say that they provide every photos and do not “withhold” images. um…selecting the very best of the best photos to edit and provide back is what you are supposed to do as a photographer. you are chosen and hopefully paid for your eye, and your creative vision and your ablity to know what looks good and what doesnt. no one is paying to see blurry out of focus unflattering or unintereting photos. unless you are saying you are so pefect that every shot you take is golden. then i guess i am in awe of your photographic abilities. but seriously, get off your high horses.