Post # 1
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
Just looking for a few opinions on e-photos. My Fiance isn’t huge into the idea of engagement photos but I would really like to have some for Save the Dates and Online. Groupon in my area is offering the following deal…
$89 for a 60-minute photography package for up to 4 people (a $620 total value)
- 60-minute indoor/outdoor studio photo shoot (a $100 value)
- CD of 75 or more web-optimized images (a $400 value)
- Two 8″x10″ prints (a $40 value each)
- Two 5″x7″ prints (a $20 value each)
- 20% discount on all products purchased
- Does not include boudoir session
I thought this seemed like a good deal. We can go anywhere within 20 minutes of her home studio (right near where I live so local places) or have a studio shoot. I was thinking of going to a local county park since Fiance and I love spending time outdoors. I am not sure how many outfit changes I can manage at a park, but was hoping one dress and then a casual look in jeans would work?
Based on your experiences what do you think? I know many photographers offer free engagement sessions with their wedding packages but we’re not to that point yet. I would love some professional photos taken of us since most of our pictures together are self taken and while they’re okay none are all that great.
Post # 3
@Ms_Purple: Don’t do it.
If a photographer is on Groupon, it’s because they are desperate. Groupon absolutely screws their businesses over. They take half of the cost that you pay.
So this photographer is basically offering to do a shoot for you for free….. and then either hoping against hope that you will order a bunch of products to make up the difference (which I can guarantee that no one who bought the groupon will do)… or is doing it because she is subpar and needs experience. Neither is what you want.
And actually…. looking at all the stuff she’s already including, there is NO WAY that she will make any money on this whatsoever. This is a bad deal for her. No successful and established photographer is on Groupon, for that reason – it’s a guaranteed money loser, with no upside. I don’t even have to look at her website to know this.
Your results will probably suck. She probably doesn’t know what she’s doing. And she may have SO MANY people buy this deal that she can’t handle it all, and does a half ass job on your session, and/or takes a realllllly long time to get your photos to you.
Good pro photography is WORTH what you pay for it. Save up for a real pro, or have a friend take photos for you. Sorry to be harsh…. I’ve just heard and read too many negative experiences with Groupon from both customers and businesses.
And now that I have looked at her website… Yup. Don’t hire. Did you look at her regular session prices??? They are nowhere near the $620 claimed value. The actual value is NEVER what they claim it is on Groupon. Just get off Groupon LOL.
Post # 4
@seAprilbride: I’d echo this. When it comes to Groupon and photography it’s an act of desparation. I’m not saying you are necessarily going to be getting a bad photographer, but you will be getting someone who is not making any profit whatsoever on their art/efforts/labor. I can’t imagine that individual approaching your session with the same amount of attention and love as one would who’s getting compensated for their time and energy. There are also big advantages to doing an engagement session with the photographer you hire for your wedding. I’d wait and hire a wedding photographer and have them shoot the engagement session.
Post # 5
I agree with the other two – sounds too good to be true.
Post # 6
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
Thanks everyone – I looked up reviews now and there is only one on Yelp, it’s very negative. The reviewer was an hour late to her session due to a calendar error (set to the wrong time zone) and while understandably that’s not great and it wastes a person’s time when you don’t show up she said the photographer was very hostile to her and treated her like a criminal. The reviewer was also a Groupon purchaser who thinks she was not taken as a serious client.This additionally puts me off the whole thing!
I love a good deal which is why I initially jumped at at least looking into this and getting opinions but I agree now this is probably too good to be true.
I really have just begun looking at photographers for the wedding. So far my favorite is Michael at Beautiful Portraits (http://www.beautifulportraits.com/), I will keep looking though and really just do my research on this subject. Sounds like most offer free engagement sessions – probably better way to go? That way you can meet and get comfortable with your photographer before hand.
Post # 7
I’m not a fan of her work but if you like it and don’t want to pay a lot, it’s only $90 if you hate it not a huge loss.
Post # 8
@Ms_Purple: I love good deals too! You can’t find them on Groupon for anything. When it first launched, there were actually good deals… like “customer ripping off the business” good deals, but now that businesses have discovered that Groupon is nothing but a great way for them to lose a ton of money…. there are only two types of deals on there:
1 – Things that aren’t actually a deal. $10 for a microwave! Yay! And then in itty bitty print that they hope no one will read – $200 in S&H. This is a slight exaggeration, but regardless, I can promise you are paying EXACTLY what the company wants you to pay for that product – not getting a deal.
2 – Deals from desperate businesses that can’t get customers and be successful any other way, other than going on Groupon and basically providing their services for free. And why can’t they? Well… because they suck. Generally they have horrible reviews that they hope people won’t read before they buy, and they provide low quality products and services. So again, you’re not getting a deal.
/Groupon rant. LOL sorry for sidetracking the thread. I just think it’s good to warn people about this.
Post # 9
I have read way, WAY too many stories of groupon things like this going bad because the photographer is overbooked and not making any money. So if you can afford to totally lose the $90 and re-shoot photos, I think it’s okay to give it a shot, but if you can’t, I’d pass.
Post # 10
I have a friend who had a funny story from a Groupon engagement session. They paid 40 bucks and the guy posed them for four hours. He pretty much wouldn’t let them leave and kept taking them from place to place and trying to get them to switch up their outfits. He finally told them he was just trying to build his portfolio. Out of four hours she said maybe five weren’t totally horrid. And it was winter haha!