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How Many Images Should a Professional Photographer Give?

How Many Images Should a Professional Photographer Give?

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As a professional photographer, one of the most common questions I receive is, “How many photos will I get?” This is a valid query because when investing in a photography session, you want to ensure you’re getting good value. However, the answer isn’t as straightforward as it might seem because it depends on several factors. For me, I offer packages as well as an individual session where you buy images at a set price each. Here are some factors that play into how many images you may receive:

1. Type of Photoshoot

The number of images you receive largely depends on the type of photoshoot. For example, in a standard headshot session, you may receive between 3 to 5 fully edited images, as the focus is on capturing a single, perfect shot that you can use across various professional platforms.

On the other hand, a personal branding session will typically yield more photos, possibly between 15 to 30. The reason is that these sessions aim to capture a range of images portraying different aspects of your personality and potentially rebranding yourself, which you can use across your website and social media platforms.

2. Session Duration

The duration of your session also plays a significant role in determining the number of photos you receive. A mini-session, for instance, may yield fewer images compared to a full session, as there is less time to capture a variety of poses, outfits, or backdrops.

3. The Photographer’s Style

Every photographer has a unique style and approach to their work, which influences the number of photos they deliver. Some photographers prefer to focus on quality over quantity, spending more time on carefully editing fewer images to perfection. Others may provide a larger selection of images with lighter editing.

4. The Package

Most photographers offer a range of packages, each providing a different number of images. When booking your session, ensure to check what is included in your package regarding the number of photos. Some packages may include a set number of fully retouched images, with the option to purchase additional images.

5. Purpose of the Photoshoot

The purpose of your photoshoot also plays a role in the number of images you receive. For example, if you are looking for a single, polished headshot for your LinkedIn profile, you may only need a few well-edited images to choose from. But, if you’re creating an extensive portfolio for your personal brand or company, you’ll need a wider variety of images.

6. Event Photography

If you hire a photographer for an event, the number of images you receive can be significantly higher. Depending on the event’s size and duration, photographers might deliver hundreds of photos so you can capture the essence and memorable moments of the event.

7. Client’s Preferences

Some clients prefer a smaller number of impeccably edited images, while others prefer to have a larger collection of shots to choose from. Your preferences will also influence how many photos your photographer will provide.

At Duane Furlong Studios, our focus is on quality over quantity. Our aim is to provide you with a selection of exceptional images that truly capture your unique personality and professional image. Whether you’re booking a headshot session or a personal branding shoot, we’ll discuss your needs and expectations upfront to ensure you’re delighted with the number and quality of images you receive.


  1. 2. Can I request additional images beyond what is included in my package? Yes, many photographers offer the option to purchase additional images beyond what is included in your package. Discuss with your photographer if you would like more images or if you have specific requirements beyond the package details.
  2. 3. Are the delivered images fully edited and retouched? Yes, professional photographers typically provide fully edited and retouched images as part of their service. They will enhance the quality, correct any imperfections, and ensure the images reflect their unique style and your desired outcome.
  3. 5. Can I use the images for both personal and commercial purposes? Usage rights for the images can vary, so it’s important to clarify with your photographer how you intend to use the images. Personal usage, such as for social media profiles or personal portfolios, is usually included. However, if you plan to use the images for commercial purposes or promotional materials, additional licensing or usage fees may apply.
  4. 6. Can I request specific edits or changes to the delivered images? Most professional photographers are open to discussing specific edits or adjustments to ensure you are satisfied with the final images. However, extensive editing or major alterations may involve additional costs. It’s best to communicate your preferences and discuss any specific requirements with your photographer.

Do you need staff headshots for your company?

I offer professional headshots, environmental business portraits, corporate photography, and event photography throughout Arizona.


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