Portraits - how many do you offer for proofing?

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  1. misol

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    I was wondering how many proofs from the average 4 person session you offer? Do you have a formula or just offer all ones you think are good?
     
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    Depends on the number of poses or groupings. If it's just a single 4 person group shot, I might only need to show them three or four images. If it's a family shoot, it might have two or three different group poses, shots of each child and shots of the kids together. So they might get to see 15-20 shots. There might also be some candid type shots of the kids that are good enough to include. Parents often like shots that you wouldn't even consider, so this could be 5 shots or 50.

    I really don't think you need to include a bunch of duplicate shots. Choose the best one or two shots from a pose/grouping and go with that.
     
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    Hmmm.... I not sure what you mean. IF you mean what I read, you're talking about a group portrait only... maybe brothers and sisters come in wanting a single portrait as a gift for the parents.

    In that case, I show somewhere between 12 and 20 previews.

    -Pete
     
  4. misol

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    I guess I do it different. My shoots are all on location, not really studio posing. So they aren't duplicates, they are different locations, some candids, different groupings.
     
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    So... to answer your question... in this scenario, are you shooting the group or the group plus individuals?
     
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    I'm typically a location shooter and I show the best image from each "location" or grouping of people. I usually shoot 30 min-1 hour (depending on how much walking we do between each mini-location). I generally show 20-30 images. On a rare event, I will post up to 40-45 if the shoot was really fantastic, but since I process every picture I post, I limit that :)
     
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    for a 1 hr session I have a average of 15-30 proofs posted on my website, but really I just get all keepers.. I usually have 28-38... but on some older newborn sessions I have had as little as 15 or on great sessions up to 70 proofs...
     

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