My Younger Brother and Photos
Below: Actual unaltered image of formals from my younger brother's wedding. I'm the sixth shadow from the left
My younger brother decided to get married in college and was short on finances, of course. Everyone laughed when he said he'd squeeze a wedding in South Orange County under $15,000. He purchased a cheap photographer with the full packages, getting the album and what not. The photographer, well, sucked. He shot film and many of his shots where blurry and underexposed (film means the results aren't seen until after the wedding is over). Entire rolls during the reception were unusable.
Part of the package was to receive the images in a digital format. The scans were blurry and had resolution equal to a desktop wallpaper (1024 pixels), which would barely make a decent 4x6. After the wedding day, the photographer was a nightmare to deal with. Finally they received decent scans, but only after months of frustration and run-arounds.
Now my brother makes a good living (along with his wife too), but they do not have any good pictures from their wedding to make a nice album. The album they do have is a bunch of 4x6's put into sleeves. Their regret is that they can't make a better coffee table album now that they have money to spare.
The lesson is: get better images over products, because you never know how much you'll make down the road. Products can be made in 1 month or 10 years, but images can only be catured once. Make sure you get the originals too (negatives or digital files).