QUOTE(Jervis Bay Bride @ Feb 5 2010, 02:00 PM)
My cousin is a wedding photog and he says that it's quality versus quantity. It's easy to snap 3000 photos but it's unlikely that all the 3000 will be great and unique, meaning that a lot of those 3000 shots will look very similar to each other and lot of them won't be that great. So I guess going by this then 1500 raw images is great as most of those shots should be unique.
But I'm wondering why you would even want the raw images? Unless you are a whiz at photoshop or know some one that is, the raws are going to look pretty average next to the edited photos. We're only getting the edited photos from our photog and we're happy with that as I don't have the time or the talent to edit the raw photos anyway.
I definitely agree with the quality verses quantity - like I said, picking out the double ups and the bad/unflattering pics we would probably have just over 1000 photo's that we love - so not more than the usual amount.. But we wouldn't have got all of them had the photographers not been clicking away the whole time. Also - some of the double ups, while they look exactly the same, are not - a certain way my DH is looking at me, a member of our BP cracking up etc etc. I like that I get to pick which ones are special to me, and they aren't all 'smiling at the camera, everyone looking perfect' shots.
The reason I wanted all raw photo's is because what my photographer considers great and what I consider great could be 2 different things. They don't know what I like about myself and want to feature, and what I want to hide, they know obviously who our parents are, but what about (as an example) the photo's of my aunt - normally shy as anything, up dancing on the dance floor, or the not technically photo of my mum and brother (who don't normally get along) with their arms around each other.. A photographer might have thought nothing of them, and they got put into the do not edit pile.. whereas I treasure them - hope that makes sense..
It's definitely each to their own, but I told our photographers not to pose people excluding a few family, and table shots (at the ceremony and reception - getting location shots without poses wasn't going to happen for our BP) and just to snap the night as it was happening.. and that's exactly what they did - and why we have so many pictures. At my friends wedding when I was a BM in October, she wanted the opposite - each shot at the reception was organised, lit carefully, everyone smiling, eyes open etc - and she just got the ones that the photographer decided were write to edit- lovely photos and exactly what they wanted, but exactly what I didn't want at my own wedding. Neither of our photo's are better than the other - just different. Sorry to ramble.