Post # 1
My FH and I have a relative that is a professional photographer, however he just closed down his business because we have a lot of younger college kids taking pictures for much cheaper and he couldnt compete. We are really trying to do our wedding on a very tight budget, and were thinking of asking him if he would take pictures for us as a wedding gift, and we’d pay for prints. Is that rude? how would we go about asking that?
Post # 3
@busybride215: In general, it’s not considered polite to ask for things like that.
It’s totally different if they approach you and ask if you’d like photography as a gift.
Maybe you can ask him if he offers a family discount for his services? Then let it go from there?
Will your uncle also be a guest at your wedding? He might want to enjoy the reception and not have to “work.”
Post # 4
@sienna76: He’s actually like a 2nd cousin, his son is a groomsman so i’d assume that he’d attend, but i’m not sure, the wedding is in april, so we haven’t sent out invitations/rsvp yet. But i also thought of asking him if he would do a family discount, cause i’d feel extremely rude asking him to just take them, but i’ve seen other brides post about how they’ve gotten family friends to take their pictures for free, so i was wondering how they went about that.
Post # 5
@busybride215: It totally would have to be the family friend/relative/whomever approaching you. Some photographers charge as much as $7500 for the day – and I’ve never seen a professional for less than $2000. It’s one thing to ask for some towels, it’s another thing to ask for services that are worth that much money (not to forget time – most photographers use Photoshop or similar services to edit your photos)
Post # 6
@red_pepper_gal: We live in a really small town, so honestly the most i’ve been quoted is $1200, which is more than our entire budget, we are young and have a one year old son, so we can’t really afford much. we’re just having a small wedding at my fiance’s grandparents farm. And he isn’t even doing photography as a profession anymore, as i stated in my first post. He has completely closed his shop, and is working at the same corporate office as i am. I guess i’ll just ask how much he’d charge to take them and go from there.