Post # 1
AAAHHHHHH!!! So 3 weeks until our wedding and our photographer sent me an email today saying that the 2nd photographer (her assistant) has to cancel due to a commintment that he has to go to. My question is our guest list is approx. 100 ppl, is one photographer going to be sufficient and able to get the important shots, and second, should there be a discount in price or something since we agreed to two photographers?
Post # 3
I think you should be fine with just one however I do believe that there should be a discount if your contract states there will be two photographers.
Post # 4
One shooter should be fine. 100 isn’t a ginormous wedding really. I think you should get at least a couple hundred off your total cost, though, if your contract stated 2 shooters.
Post # 5
So how do I go about asking for a discount. I have never really been good at negotiating, do I just come out and ask for a certain number off or ask for a discount and see how much she is willing to take off? Thanks for all your advice
Post # 6
I’ve done up to 250 by myself before. 100 is actually “small” for 1 shooter. One is totally fine, however, if it’s in contract there should be some sort of compensation. Perhaps ask for an album upgrade or an added print credit…
Post # 7
I think that one photographer would be fine. We actually didn’t get a lot of good shots from the second shooter at our wedding so I don’t know if it was really worth it.
Post # 8
Yes, a discount should be offered! We had 120 guests & 1 experienced photog. If you are nervous, see if anyone else is an amateur or pro photog at your wedding. (We rec’d pro-quality photos and an album from my hubs’ friend who we didn’t know did weddings!) Or hire someone off of Craigslist -it’s your second photog, & you’ll get a deal. Our video was from CL and did a nice job -he wasn’t Scorcese, but we got an INCREDIBLE deal and it suited our needs.
Post # 9
If you hate confrontation, you can email the photographer and ask them if they would prefer to find another second shooter, or give you a discount on the wedding. I can understand the second shooter’s not being able to attend the wedding (our venue’s wedding coordinator needed to cancel due to a family emergency, but the venue found another coordinator who was also quite good). If your wedding is in or near a large or midsize city, your photographer should be able to find a backup second shooter fairly easily.
Post # 10
@professorbee: Be careful about this. The second-string second shooter may not be up to par with the original second shooter. I would ask for samples of the new second shooter’s work if I were planning to pursue this route.