Wedding Photographer and Raw

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Siobhan_K Regular Member • Posts: 281
No RAW = Normal and Preferable
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rainydiary wrote:

Hi all

Is it normal wedding photographer haven't give Raw files to their clients ?

Thank

It's both normal and preferable for all legit clients. For the most part, only certified bridezillas and/or groomzillas ask for RAW files.

Reasonable people hire wedding photographers to deliver a finished and final product, not gigabytes of mid-process data requiring specialized software and time-consuming interpretive work to even see.

Which means: clients who ask for RAW files are a bright-red-flashing-warning "do not serve" sign for anyone who's a serious, legit wedding pro. 99.999% of those who'd ask for RAW files have no idea what they would actually do with them on receipt. Worse, those few who do think they understand RAW files are essentially telling the photographer, via their request, that they don't trust or like the photographer's color and finishing work.

Why hire a photographer whose work you don't trust or even like?

This question really takes us to the heart of the matter. A client who requests RAW files is very likely a person who'll be impossible to please and thoroughly horrid to work for. It's the sort of client who hires "any photographer" believing that they're all interchangeable and fungible, not the sort of client who hired you because they respect good photography as a form of original art and they like your art, particularly. A client who asks for RAW files is also the sort who'll be keen to toss up nonsense hoops for his / her wedding vendors to jump through just for the sake it--the "I 'own' these 'servants' for a day" sort of jerkwad. One can be certain that requesting RAW files will not be the only "nonsense hoop" that this sort of person will require his or her wedding vendors to jump through over the course of the event.

Great wedding photography is consuming and emotionally-charged work even for dream clients, even under the very best imaginable circumstances. As a wedding photographer, you have to devote yourself, profoundly, to your client's day and moment. And let me tell you--speaking from experience--there are very few fates in this world worse than finding your creative heart contractually devoted to a demeaning a-s-s-h-o-l-e.

A prospective client requests RAW files? Danger, Will Robinson. Steer clear. Let them waste someone else's time.

Have a good one!

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