After your big day is over and you have returned home from the honeymoon, what follows is usually the question of when you will get your wedding photos. Understandably you are excited to get your wedding photos and are wondering when you can expect to see them. The truth is that your beautiful day is just the beginning for your photographer. What comes after the wedding is many hours of compiling and editing the images so that you have an amazing album to cherish for the rest of your life.
How long can I expect to wait till I receive my photos?
This is a very good question and what I usually quote is 4 - 6 weeks to have your photos back to you in the completed form. This time can vary based on time of the year and how busy your photographer is. If it's prime season, it may take up to 6 weeks to receive your photographs. Usually, I'm able to get the images back in 2 to 3 weeks but I'm also juggling other weddings and image editing from those as well. So, it is a safe bet to expect from 4 - 6 weeks unless otherwise discussed with your photographer.
Why does it take so long?
Another great question! As mentioned earlier, the taking of the photos on your wedding day is only the beginning for your photographer. All of those images, which can be thousands for a large wedding, have to be edited and organized. The editing process can at times be grooling and often requires your photographer to go through every single picture one at a time. This can be many hours of editing so that you have the most amazing pictures of your special day. Everything from cropping, adjusting light balance, deleting and creating that perfect set of images that you are expecting. If you are also having an album done, this takes time as your photographer has to compile those images and create the prints for your album. The behind the scenes is quite extensive!
Have no fear it will be worth the wait!
Trust in your wedding photographer and know that patience will pay off! You hired an awesome wedding photographer and he will make the magic happen. What you are awarded with will be remarkable and worth a wait. I have no doubt that you will be filled with joy and happiness upon receiving your images and you will be thankful for your photographer's skills. If you are struggling with patience just remember that your photographer is hard at work making amazing images of your big day. It will be a small price to pay for memories that you will hand down to your children and grandchildren.