(Closed) Flying a Craigslist photographer to our DW?? Bad idea?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I did this for my first wedding, a DW in the Caribbean. My reasons were similar. It worked out brilliantly.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Oh, I didn’t mean I didn’t know him. He did our engagement shoot and was a reputable professional. (And he was marrying my stylist, whom we also flew down.) But it looks like you have a year + to research/get to know whomever you hire.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

We’ve hired a photographer for our wedding who is American and I actually met her through the Bee!

I made a post on here about my photographer who I did know who unfortunately had to cancel and got offers from a couple of photographers privately on the bee. The one we chose doesn’t normally do this but actually felt bad about what happened to us with out photographer. We just loved her photos.

We are going to meet her first and get e-pics with her. We’re paying for her and her second shooter to fly out to Scotland with us. I’m so happy that we decided to do this because we’re paying what we would for a Scottish photographer but we have the opportunity to meet her in person and get to know her.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

ask for online portfolios, pick top 3 and set up brief interviews with them and their hard copy portfolio. Then you can find someone you trust who is also good at what they do.

 PS make sure they have a passport!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Lily_of_the_valley:  If you can afford the extra travel costs, I say go for it. I’m too much of a control freak to trust vendors so far away from me, and the photographer is by far one of the most important ones so you should be 100% on who you choose. Considering many photographers list their travel prices, this isn’t a weird thing to do at all.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@Lily_of_the_valley:  My photographer actually isn’t local either. I’m in PA and she’s out west. Conveniently (for me) she travels out to PA every now and again because she is local. Some photographers would be willing to travel a bit to meet you – especially if they want to build their DW portfolio and want your trust. You might need to pay for them to travel for an e-pic session though. (We don’t have to, because she’ll be here anyway, but some other photographers suggested that we would just pay for a night in a hotel for them to stay locally, but not for travel. Not too bad).

I would just meet with the craigslist photographer before hand no matter what and look at their portfolio and a few full weddings.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Be careful!!! Mexico resorts have been known to clamp down on photographers posing as guests, and Cabo is pretty strict. I’ve heard bad stories of photographers’ equipment getting confiscated, getting held up at airports. Your photographer should have permission to shoot at the venue, I would recommend going the route of paying the outside vendor fee rather than avoiding it. Unless your photographer uses one camera and dresses like a guest it is highly unlikely that your venue is going to think they’re a guest. Read this post on a photog’s forum why your wedding photog should not pose as a guest: http://photo.net/wedding-photography-forum/00aTTn

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

If anything I would question why anyone would want to sit on a plane for essentially two entire days (there & back), work a long hard day for free (incuring many additional hours of photo editing once they get home) – all for one day in Cabo?  How completely naive is this photographer that you’ve found that puts so little value on their own time and art to agree to this in the first place?

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@continuumphotography:  probalby because they are getting a free ticket to cabo and 2 nights stay at a hotel? They can probably plan a vacation while they are already there… that’s just my thinking

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@continuumphotography:  I agree with this actually.  The time the photographer spends down there and getting down there and back cannot in any way be construed as “vacation time” or “fun” time, so I don’t know why they would “accept” airfare and hotel as payment for their work.   A good (and decent) photographer would never accept that “job”…..    a newer photographer MIGHT because it would give them more experience, but then you also run the very high risk of them flaking out on you once they get there.  Or the photographs not being very good because they aren’t experienced enough.    

 

In my opinion that is not a risk I would consider taking just to save….what?  a few hundred dollars, if that?   

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

@alaskin17:  That could possibly be their logic.  Having done destination weddings I know they are more work than regular ones, and the amount of time you lose in day to day business operations from travel and typically isolated internet service means they are far less profitable than a local wedding.  We love shooting different places, but there is no way an experienced wedding photographer would do one for just the travel alone.  If anything I feel like we should charge our standard rates, travel, and an additional feel for all of the time it takes us away from operations.  It’s not a vacation.

@PeachSnapple:  Not only that, but I can’t imagine the Craigslist photographer being any more competent than the resort photographer.

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