Post # 1
My Fiance and I had met with a photographer two months ago. We really loved his work and told him to put us down for May 28th 201 and we would save for the deposit and send it. Alot happened since then, i needed emergency surgery, etc. But I kept contact with im the entire time. I wrote him Monday that we had the deposit and I wanted to send it in. Now he is telling us the prices have gone up $500 and that in 2011 they will go up again but to lock in the price now, i need to send deposit. He said the new price raise is for 2010. But I saw him April 2010 and it was $500 less!!!! I feel like he is trying to cheat me! So I am looking for a new photographer. Anyone else have a bad story with their photographer?
Post # 3
It’s strange that he didn’t keep you informed that he was planning on raising his prices. It would be expected that any vendor would change their fees on a regular basis (our photographer did, but she warned us about it ahead of time and we were able to get the 2010 price). I would say he was wrong to not let you know of any intended price increases (especially since you’ve been keeping in contact with him).
Post # 4
When we booked our photographer, he honored the price that he told us when we first started discussing using him. I would shop around, just to be safe. This seems fishy. If you maintained contact with him, he should have been courteous enough to let all his clients and prospective clients know what the deal was.
Post # 5
Actually that’s fairly normal. The price you pay should be the price he’s charging at the time you sign a contract and make the first deposit. Did you sign a contract when you met with him two months ago? If not, then I think you’re stuck with whatever he’s charging at this point in time.
Post # 6
Argh – – I am so sorry for your frustration. What the gals above have said is right on target I was just about to write something but @jenbrandner took the words out of my brain & beat me to it, LOL
Post # 7
I STRONGLY agree with the first 2 responses. The price you pay should be the price you all AGREED on when you met him. It’s not fair that he is trying to get you to pay more. Just say you are only able to pay what you agreed on. That’s it. Don’t pay him any more! It’s not a scam per say, but it’s not fair, in my opinion. If a huge amount of time had gone by, that might be another story but that isn’t the case here. Stick to the price and politely tell him that’s what you can afford. I’m sure he will agree and if he doesn’t, you should keep looking, in my opinion.
Post # 8
Sadly I agree with jenbrandner too. Until you sign a contract your prices aren’t locked in (at least in all my experiences).
Post # 9
I agree that it was discourteous to not inform the OP of the price increase prior to enacting it, but of course the photog has every right to charge his current prices. I have always informed clients of upcoming increases, maybe he did as well but you got lost in the stack? Or he assumed having not yet received your contract you weren’t serious about booking so didn’t bother. It really could be completely innocent.
Post # 10
I havent signed any contracts so I will be looking around. Thanks so much girls
Post # 11
I would talk with him & ask if he will honor his original price he quoted you when you first met him. Doesn’t hurt to ask! If he won’t, than look around for another photographer & remember to get the pricing in writing on the contract!