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Model

Tia Rich

Posts: 3

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Being fairly new to the industry i was just wanting to know,in general how long should a model expect to wait for edited images back from a photographer?
Any advice would be wonderful
Thank you

Feb 25 13 10:18 pm Link

Photographer

Kev Lawson

Posts: 10890

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

I think the consensus will be that it varies from one photographer to the next. When setting up a shoot, you need to ask the photographer when you should expect images back.

And welcome to MM! smile

Feb 25 13 10:20 pm Link

Photographer

Dan Brady

Posts: 610

Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Tia Rich wrote:
Being fairly new to the industry i was just wanting to know,in general how long should a model expect to wait for edited images back from a photographer?
Any advice would be wonderful
Thank you

Check this with the photographer before the shoot.

Usually a photographer would have a turn around time of 2-3 weeks. If he has a lot of paid work on as the paid work takes priority.

Feb 25 13 10:22 pm Link

Photographer

Image Works Photography

Posts: 2890

Orlando, Florida, US

It depends on the workload. I heard stories of photographers delivering pictures 3 months later. The best defense is to check on references and they can tell you how much they waited.

Feb 25 13 10:43 pm Link

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RKD Photographic

Posts: 3265

Iserlohn, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

UltimateAppeal wrote:
I think the consensus will be that it varies from one photographer to the next. When setting up a shoot, you need to ask the photographer when you should expect images back.

And welcome to MM! smile

^ This, all issues like this should be addressed during your pre-shoot discussions and ideally should be included in the Release and Usage Agreement paperwork to avoid any misunderstandings.

Feb 26 13 01:47 am Link

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J E W E T T

Posts: 2523

al-Marsā, Tunis, Tunisia

I always say (in writing) 6-8 weeks.  However, if I have a huge commercial job, it may get pushed a bit.

Feb 26 13 02:08 am Link

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Model

Anna Adrielle

Posts: 18763

Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium

howerv long you have agreed beforehand smile.

I have gotten pictures in 2 days, I have gotten pictures in 2 months. Both was okay, because the photographer told me (and if they didn't tell me themselves, I would ask when we were arranging the shoot) that that is how long it would take.

so in regards to receiving pictures, here are the basic questions you have to ask smile

*how much time will you need approximately to edit the shots?
(also, on a personal note, I also like to discuss the possibility that if it takes longer than expected, please let me know that so I don't just have to wait around. I'm a very understanding person, I just like to know big_smile)

*how many shots do you edit?

*who picks out which shots to edit?
(photographer, or model, or a combination)

*what is the size of the edited pictures when you send them?
(specifically: will you get them in large as well, in case you want to print something for your portfolio, or just tiny small ones)

None of these questions really have right or wrong answers. It's just what works for the photographer, and what works for you, has to syncronize if you want both parties to end up happy! and if his way of working is really not your thing (for instance, he always only gives you 3 pictures, but you really really want 15), then you can walk away in time instead of ending up frustrated after the shoot.

Feb 26 13 02:09 am Link

Photographer

GM Photography

Posts: 6133

Olympia, Washington, US

Whatever you agree to before the shoot.  Some people are busier than others and some people do more to their images after they're shot than others.  There is no standard answer.

Feb 26 13 05:45 am Link

Photographer

fullmetalphotographer

Posts: 2797

Fresno, California, US

A week or less.

Feb 26 13 05:59 am Link

Photographer

Leighsphotos

Posts: 2999

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Tia Rich wrote:
Being fairly new to the industry i was just wanting to know,in general how long should a model expect to wait for edited images back from a photographer?
Any advice would be wonderful
Thank you

Establish the expectations BEFORE the shoot. Get a firm commitment on a delivery date.

People (photographers) will abuse you on final artwork to the extent you allow them to. Perhaps because you are not a priority...maybe the images were not very good or the post processing is complex. Either way, if it's not within a few weeks there is a problem IMHO.

If you haven't gotten them in a reasonable amount of time, write it off and avoid working with him/her in the future. Pass it on to any models who contact you for a reference.

Feb 26 13 06:17 am Link

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Abbitt Photography

Posts: 11937

Oakland Acres, Iowa, US

On average, probably about what is promised.  Some photographers will get them to you faster than promised, but unfortunately some will be a bit late.

Be sure you know what each photographer promises and if it's really important to you to have them by that date, I suggest making that clear before or at the time of the shoot.

Feb 26 13 06:57 am Link

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ArtisticGlamour

Posts: 3846

Phoenix, Arizona, US

I currently turn around images in less than 24hrs.
But, I've never taken longer than 5days.

Feb 26 13 07:02 am Link

Photographer

Matt Forma

Posts: 373

Denver, Colorado, US

Two weeks is fair

Feb 26 13 09:20 am Link

Photographer

ontherocks

Posts: 23057

Salem, Oregon, US

i'd say after a few months it can start to get iffy but i've seen models say they eventually got theirs after six months so it depends.

might be a good idea to discuss this with the photographer upfront in terms of what you can expect. then when you contact them afterwards it's relative to what was discussed and it won't seem like you are just impatient.

i let a photographer borrow our studio and he always tries to get at least one image done the day of the shoot. for my part i at least try to get the session proofs up within a couple days and sometimes it's the model who takes a month to get back to me with their selects.

for someone who has a day job and a family i don't know if you will always get immediate turnaround.

Feb 26 13 09:25 am Link

Photographer

Aaron - photographer

Posts: 35

London, England, United Kingdom

I give myself a month and contract for that.

Feb 26 13 09:29 am Link

Photographer

MC Photo

Posts: 4144

New York, New York, US

Tia Rich wrote:
Being fairly new to the industry i was just wanting to know,in general how long should a model expect to wait for edited images back from a photographer?
Any advice would be wonderful
Thank you

Two weeks to six months.

Or however long was promised.

Feb 26 13 10:36 am Link

Photographer

Jhono Bashian

Posts: 2458

Cleveland, Ohio, US

Matt Forma wrote:
Two weeks is fair

I agree, no longer then two weeks.  would you want a client to wait longer then two weeks?

Feb 26 13 10:40 am Link

Photographer

FKW Studio

Posts: 106

Kew, North Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands

I deliver next day.

Feb 26 13 02:52 pm Link

Model

Tia Rich

Posts: 3

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Thank you everyone that was really helpful xx

Feb 26 13 10:38 pm Link

Photographer

Bravo Magic Images

Posts: 765

Temple City, California, US

Foreverrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

Mar 22 13 12:48 am Link

Photographer

Sam Dickinson

Posts: 478

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Depends on workload, but usually around 2 weeks.  If it's going to be longer, I do knock out a couple to show the llamas that I'm still working on them.

Mar 22 13 02:35 am Link

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Photographer

-JAY-

Posts: 6729

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

I knock out one or two the night after the shoot.

The rest 1-3 weeks later.

Mar 22 13 08:24 am Link

Model

Lilu Lynn

Posts: 65

Portland, Oregon, US

Depends on the photographer. They usually tell you befour or if not this to me is something that needs to be clarified befour. I just did a TFP and I was told 2 - 3 weeks. A friend of mine will post a picture day after, then takes a few weeks for the rest. If you want pictures make sure this is understood! I did a payed shoot once and I have never seen any of the pictures.. Not to say whos fault it was but communication is EVERYTHING!

Mar 22 13 08:35 am Link

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ontherocks

Posts: 23057

Salem, Oregon, US

i'd say that after a few months the odds of ever getting anything start to get low although i've heard of some models waiting like a year.

for me if it takes more than a month i start to feel bad. generally i try for a week or two.

i've had a few models where it took them a long time to make their selects. so the delay was on their side, not mine.

Mar 22 13 10:09 am Link

Photographer

Stephen K Photography

Posts: 144

San Francisco, California, US

FKW Studio wrote:
I deliver next day.

Aha, someone else as impatient as me.

Mar 22 13 10:37 am Link

Photographer

Daniel DeArco

Posts: 89

San Francisco, California, US

Always give a ballpark. At the end of each of my shoots I always say "The icon image (best photo of the day) that we were going for will be up in the next 2 days, and the other photos that we took will be uploaded by the end of the week."

My models are always satisfied and never wait too long wink

Mar 30 13 12:15 am Link

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Wolfy4u

Posts: 1103

Grand Junction, Colorado, US

I live in a smallish city with many beginning models. It's important for them to see the results of a shoot quickly so they can use what they learned in the next shoot. If they have to wait 4-6 months, they'll have moved way past the level they were at when the shoot took place.
The good news is that the images don't have to have extensive retouching, just some color correction, a bit of healing brush and some cleaning up of the backdrop, if necessary.

Mar 30 13 12:34 am Link

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Jay Farrell

Posts: 13270

Nashville, Tennessee, US

Whatever is discussed before the shoot! 2 weeks average for me.

Mar 30 13 12:51 am Link

Photographer

Verco Handel

Posts: 293

Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

I am not a full time photographer. So, I must be in the "mood" just to review the images.

let alone, picking, color matching, cropping, editing, etc..etc...

I know it's my weakness. I should be more productive.

I usually promise 2-4 weeks.

Mar 30 13 01:03 am Link