Post # 1
So my photographer calls me and asks if I have found a location to take pictures after the ceremony… which I feel he should have done but anywho. I said I found a place and its a conservatory in Navy Pier in downtown chicago. So imagine my shock when the next question comes out of his mouth. “Can you make room in your limo for me and my helper because parking is expensive at Navy Pier?” Im paying you more than enough to cover a parking fee of $24!!!! Am I over reacting or should I tell him to find his own ride there. I mean come on dude!
Post # 3
I would let him find his own ride!! That seems unprofessional to me.
Post # 4
I wouldn’t want him to ride with me, that’s for sure. >_O; That’s just weird.
I think he should have to pay for his own parking, unless somewhere in your contract it says the client must pay for his travel if it’s outside certain guidelines.
ETA: If you wanted to take pictures inside somewhere that has a fee at the door, would you expect the photographer to pay for that himself? IMO, that is something the client should have to front if they choose such a place. Choosing a place that has expensive parking is similar to that in my eyes.
Post # 5
@Karina27: I would def not let him ride with me. First of all, I have a huge wedding party and his crap would take up lots of room. 2nd, it’s not the bride and groom’s responsibility to get him/her to where he/she needs to be. 3rd, how rude for him to ask! Wow. I would def tell him that there is no room and he needs to get there.. On time! Wow.. I can’t believe that. That’s not the correct way to conduct business.
Post # 6
Sometimes photographers do tag along–I’ve seen it a few times because you could get separated and it’d be a pain waiting on him, etc. Just tell him you don’t have room
And I’d say that it is your job to decide where you want your photos taken even if you asked for recommendations
We had photos done at a museum and i still had to cover that cost, though, which was almost $40. It wasn’t ‘included’ in her fees….i’d just pay them for the parking since you want photos there.
Post # 7
He should pay for his own parking unless stated otherwise in his contact. It’s a business cost just like gas.
Post # 8
That’s crazy. I do think it is reasonable for a photographer to ask you to cover expenses associated with your wedding though. I would offer to reimburse the $24 for parking.
Post # 9
My photographer rode in the limo with us & took some pictures. But her assistant followed in his car. Hmm…..The one thing I first thought about was traffic. What if they get stuck and you make it to Navy Pier and have to wait around for them to show up??
Post # 10
I had our photographer ride with DH and I when we took a towncar to the ceremony site. She took pics on the ride, and I didn’t want to lose her! I would say that if you have room, let them ride with you. Maybe they’ll snap some great shots of you all in the limo!
Post # 11
you should pay for his parking. unless your contract specifically says that you’re not responsible for parking, it’s not covered. what you paid for is the time/picutres/editing, etc.
Post # 12
I agree you should pay for his parking, but he wouldn’t be riding in the limo with me! LOL!
Post # 13
I was reading through my contract and it doesn’t say anything about me covering for any expenses. I have room for him but not sure if I want him in the limo.
Post # 14
@gvsusara.. Thats a great point. Chicago traffic can be a nightmare when your trying to stick together. I guess ill suck it up and hope he does take great pictures of us in the limo. Thanks ladies 🙂 Like always I am put at ease with all the great advice!
Post # 15
I’d WANT him to ride in the limo! A) Think of the great fun and cute shots he could get while on the trip to Navy Pier. B) I wouldn’t want to lose him in traffic or have him have diffuculty finding parking and have to be sitting around waiting.
I do also think that if you make him drive seperately, you should be responsible for his parking. You’re only paying him to take pictures and edit them. YOU are the one who chose a location that has extra costs associated with it so that shouldn’t be his responsibility to cover those. You could have just as easily chosen somewhere that would have been free.
Post # 16
FutureKMM said it well.
The limo will pull up and drop everyone off and then go circle. Meanwhile, while you are standing around with your wedding party, the photog will be paying, parking, walking to you, unpacking his gear etc. You can always have one of them sit up front with the driver.
As for paying, $24 for a hour or potentially less of shooting is ridiculous. A buck or two is one thing, but $24 is another. Any extra costs however for a specific location (for me) are always billed to the client. Like futurekmm said, you can always choose someplace free.