Post # 1
I’m wondering if anyone has negotiated with a photographer to get a better price. The photographer I want has specific packages. 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 & 10 hours.
All packages come with 2nd photographer and free engagement session. The longer hour packages come with photo albums.
Anyone do a shorter hour (like 5 hrs), skip engagement photos or ask for an album in a smaller package? Want to hear your ideas, I’m getting ready to meet with a photographer and I want to go in armed.
Post # 3
Ours had a package we wanted, but we are just getting 5 hours without engagements/bridals or an album. It was significantly cheaper than the next highest package which included a second session. He wasn’t willing to negotiate, but his prices were extremely reasonable. It should be less expensive with fewer add-ons!
Post # 4
Most photographers are happy to come up with a custom package with exactly what you need. It’s not really negotiating – it’s just customizing.
Post # 5
totally! why not try and negociate?! what do you have to loose?
Post # 6
You need a minimum of 6 hours for full, unrushed coverage. 5 hours is sufficient, but pushing it. “Free” Engagement photos are only meant to bring in more $$ when you place an order for engagement prints. Make it clear that you will not be ordering any engagement pictures and see if you can swap the session for an extra hour of wedding day coverage. This way, you get the 5 hour package plus an hour. Photographer wins too because they normally have over 4 hours wrapped up in an engagement shoot including editing the shoot.
This would be a better negotiation than trying to get the price of an album down. The cost of albums is too high for a photographer to lower pricing or throw in. Not to mention 20 hours of album design that goes along with it. Some less experienced photographers may budge in this area if they don’t mind going into debt to make their clients happy, but it’s likely that more experienced photographers aren’t going to provide an album at a low cost.
Post # 7
@catalyst: Trying to strong-arm said photographer into swapping that engagement shoot for an extra hour of coverage by telling them “well I definitely won’t buy any prints from you” is not a good idea. First, it’s snarky and rude, and second, it’s not a win for the photog, bc they are trading something they usually profit from for something they are going to get nothing for so they aren’t going to do it.
+1 to the other posters who suggested asking her to customize a package to meet your exacct needs, bingo! It sounds like there should be a lot of room to customize with those packages, so hopefully she will work with you, and if not, her loss!
Post # 8
@PassionatePhotoLady: There are appropriate, nice ways to negotiate. Nowhere in my post did I suggest being rude or “strong-arming” the photographer. I have been in wedding photography for 10 years. Some negotiations will be more successful than others. I see that you are in photography as well. If you would like to chat more on this topic, feel free to email me.
Post # 9
We totally did. Although we have access to a particular photo that he wants to get, but very few people can get that photo for him. Anyway, we told him what we were looking for and he came up with a custom package. We have 2 photogs for as long as we want, a photo album for FI and I and 2 mother’s books, a guest book with our e-pics, and a bunch of other little things. We just said what we were looking for and he made it happen. He also knocked down the price by over $1,000 to butter us up. It totally worked.
Post # 10
We asked him to combine 2 tiers adding what we wanted from the expensive one and taking away what we thought we didn’t need from both. For example one thing we did was instead of a Bridal album we decided a “parents” style soft cover book would be fine for us so it saved $900. We also had him throw in STD and Thank You cards. It worked out for us. Be open about the fact that you’re looking to get the most for your buck and I’m sure they will work with you!
Post # 11
We negociated with ours. He took a few things off the package we didn’t need or want and he gave us a lower price. No harm in just asking!