Post # 1
A good friend of mine is a photography intern. Before I was even engaged, she offered to do my engagement photos free of charge, as she’s trying to build a portfolio. When I saw her today, she said that she would also gladly do my wedding photos.
Since the wedding is going to be about a 6-7 hour drive out of state, I know I should pay her something (even though the conversation heavily implied that she’d gladly do them for free also)… but how much?
My mom suggested that we pay for her hotel fees for at least 2 nights (night before the wedding and the night after).
What do you ladies think? Any suggestions?
Post # 3
I think paying for her hotel is a wonderful idea. Maybe also have a “welcome bag” put in her hotel room with some gift certificates for meals in the area or at the hotel restaurant if there is one (for breakfasts and lunch etc). Also, a lovely hand written, and heartfelt thank you note would go a long way.
6-7 hour drive is a long way to come, and photography is time consuming and expensive, so paying for her hotels and meals is a nice way to “pay” her, when she said she would do it for free, without the whole trip and wedding costing her a fortune.
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
@mepayne: If you’re positive she’s doing your photos for free, I think hotel stay, plus covering the gas she’ll use driving, is a great idea! Maybe a gift as well as a thank you.
Post # 5
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
Definitely pay her mileage and for her hotel and meals (IDK if 2 nights is necessary, she’ll probably just stay the night of and head home first thing, unless she’s photog-ing the rehearsal too?). I’d throw in something extra if she does a good job, wether it be cash or a gift card 🙂 She’s potentially saving you a TON of money! Photography is expensive as another poster said.
Post # 6
At the very minimum she should not incur a single travel expense if she is doing this for you for free. Also even if no money exchanges hands I would very highly recommend to you that you both have a contract so that your expectations are set prior to her photographing your wedding.