Bartering: do or don't?

posted 3 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
5909 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

@Orionpkmyz:  Honestly, there’s not harm in trying, after all the worst they can say is, “No.” but you can’t swing a cat without hitting a freelance photographer and since it isn’t really an apples to apples trade…I don’t see how they could make that work if they have overhead and supplies to purchase with nothing more than a photographer in their back pocket…plus, contract or no, you could always welch on your end, leaving them no recourse but to sue for recovery.

Post # 4
2884 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

what other skills do you have? when you’re at the top of your game photography wise that is a barterable skill, but as a novice it is a lot harder to do

also thinks like marketing are a more barterable skill.

Post # 5
4941 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Orionpkmyz:  I say go for it! I did this with our wedding and wound up saving a bunch of money. Granted, we wound up eloping, but we still got a free cake and officiant services out of it. 

Post # 7
3570 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would approach the situation very delicately.  It’s hard to tell someone you think they need new photos, and btw, wanna give me free stuff? 


Post # 8
9526 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I say go for it! I love bartering. The worst they can do is say no! I agree you want to do it without saying they have awful pictures. Maybe something like “Well in the past I’ve traded such-and-such service for updating their pictures on their website or creating a photo layout for their advertising. Is there anything like that which would be beneficial for you?”

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