Post # 1
We’ve had posts on how much your photography was, whether you were happy with it, and what the price included, but what I want to know (since it’s time to make a decision) is how many of you paid the full list price, and how many “negotiated”?
It would be nice to also know what the before and after prices were, and whether your wedding took place during “peak season”, but not strictly necessary.
Post # 3
We got Friday/Sunday pricing for our Saturday wedding since 10/1 is the start of the off-peak season.
Post # 4
Since I know how little photogs actually make once the expenses of the business are paid, I did not negotiate. My photographer rocked, and she deserved every penny!
Post # 5
Our photographers were actually expanding and re-doing their whole layout (business cards, stationary, website) and we were lucky enough to contact them when they were looking to do these things. We are getting them for half the cost and FI is redoing their website, business cards, stationary, ect.
Post # 6
My wedding is in March, so it’s considered “off-season.” I can’t remember what basic package was for my photographer off the top of my head, but it was somewhere around $2800 for a very small package. He also runs a photo booth company, and when I contacted the company via e-mail he replied telling me the rates and asking who is doing my photography. I told him I loved his portfolio, but couldn’t afford his packages, and he replied with a huge discount. He gave me 9 hours with a high resolution CD and engagement session for $1,000. And discounted the photo booth from $900 to $600.
Post # 7
We were originally quoted about 20% more and we ended up getting our thankyou cards thrown in for free.
Post # 8
We will pay $1800 for 8 hours of shooting, all images on CD/DVD, every image edited and a 40 page lay flat album on archival paper. We also got a free epics session with full rights to the photos, which were also edited
July 9th, wedding. Original quote was $2600. They are friends that FI went to art school with.
Post # 9
Paid list price. The first photographers we wanted were too expensive so we attempted to start negotiations and they told us “we don’t negotiate” FH told them we’d find somewhere else that would (thinking he’d convince them they’d loose their business), they did not care, lol. The next place was similar, no negotiations b/c they could find someone else willing to pay full price.
Post # 10
I definitely negotiatied. I don’t think I got it for a steal, but we’ll see after the wedding. I’m hoping it far exceeds my expectations. We’re paying far lower than the average and she’s an associate for an expensive photography company so we’ll see.
Post # 11
Our wedding was on a Friday, which I believe allowed us to get an extra hour for free. We also ordered three albums when we booked her, so I thikn that made her more willing to negotiate. We also got a free engagement session.
Post # 12
We discussed our budget situation with the photographer and even with travel we got her for a lot less than what we normally would have. I totally realize how lucky we got with the amount because she’s absolutely amazing.
Post # 13
I was honest, with each Photographer! I didnt want to offend them, but I also wanted to spend what we had wisely! We found a great photographer, and I really cant wait to meet with her on Saturday!!! =)
Best of Luck!
Post # 14
I made out like a bandit, but that’s because we happen to have a close friend who is a professional photographer.
Her work really is amazing- I have come out and said several times that if she wasn’t good, I wouldn’t hire her just for being our friend.
We’re just very lucky to have talented friends who love us and offer us great discounts.
Oh, and I have a free calligrapher too!
Post # 15
Our photographer is $2495 plus $150 for an engagement session and we got her to include the engagement session in the $2495, we didn’t save much, but every little bit helps!
Post # 16
The package we wanted would have been $4400, and we got it for $4000. So about 10% off.