Photographer and budget issues

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
3978 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Inseptember82:  My photography package does not include taxes. You can try to see if you can negotiate their price down $200, but beyond that, I understand a strict budget, believe me! But photographers have to eat, equipment costs money, and they spend hours in the studio for every hour they shot on location. 

Post # 4
9526 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

It sucks he forgot to add on the taxes when he first gave you the estimate. But to be fair, the price quoted by my photog didn’t include taxes either. 

Honestly, I’d just cut some of the photography extras. We didn’t do engagement pictures or a bridal session and didn’t miss it at all! And I’m doing the albums myself and it’s so much cheaper! Or maybe cancel the albums for now and seei you he would be okay adding them on later if you can get some money saved after the wedding.

Post # 5
4638 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I assume that all prices don’t include taxes, unless they specifically say ‘taxes included’. Try to negotiate the price down $200 by asking them to not include something, thats the only way I could think of that you could avoid paying for taxes.

Post # 6
193 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Do you need to include the albums right now? My contract with my photographer gives me about a year from my wedding to order albums.

Post # 7
11626 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@JenGirl:  I agree – perhaps if you cut out your bridal photos, it would be enough of a difference to offset the wedding costs.  You could skip the albums and make them yourselves after the wedding.  Unfortunately, taxes come with doing business and he has to pay them, support his business, and support himself.  It’s a very expensive business. 

Post # 8
1902 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Honestly I didn’t find pricing to be different on Fridays for most wedding vendors.  It’s still a busy time, so I wouldn’t expect a discount for that reason.  I agree that I would cut out some of the extras in order to meet your budget.

Post # 9
1193 posts
Bumble bee

@Inseptember82:  You can try to negotiate. I know Fridays do save money, but I think in a photographer’s case, a lot of the costs associated with the product occur AFTER the wedding. You could try to negotiate or work out a payment plan?

Also, check the tax laws. My photographer is only obligated to pay taxes if they provide us with a tangible object. They use Dropbox for transferring files (instead of a thumb drive or CD) because digital items are not considered taxable in my state. So no tax for us.

Post # 12
631 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@Inseptember82:  I understand you have budget issues, but the photographer should not have to eat the cost of sales tax for you just because you are getting married on a Friday. We work just as hard on weekdays as we do on the weekend. I do not offer any sort of discount for Friday or Sunday weddings for that reason. You will likely create ill will if you ask them to eat that cost somehow. Based on the fact that your tax Other photographers who “include” sales tax would still cost you more money, they just round it up and take sales tax out of it. So if you have a $2,000 package with $204 sales tax, other photographers would just have charged $2200 or $2300 even. You’re still paying them no matter what, and photographers who just flat out don’t charge sales tax are not doing business legally. I’m actually more concerned that a photographer charging ~$3,000 is “forgetting to add in sales tax”. It seems like a newbie mistake and that is not a newbie price.  

Post # 14
995 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@Inseptember82:  I just went to the eye Dr. to get contacts and paid for a year’s supply of contact lenses and the exam in one transaction ($200 after insurance). I was then talked into buying glasses as well (which I originally wasn’t going to get at all) and spent another $350 on those in another transation.

Then I come in to pick up my glasses and contacts and the lady at the front desk asks me if I’m ready to order my contacts? WTF. I explained to them I had already paid, and the sales rep there admitted to his mistake (told me he had charged me for them and hadn’t). Should I get the contacts for free now? Nope. I’m crap out of luck. They gave me 10% off for their mistake, so that’s about what I would ask for (from the tax amount) if you want to be fair about them forgetting to include the sales tax originally. Just a gesture from the photographer would be nice, but I wouldn’t expect him to eat your sales tax.

Post # 16
273 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I found out the hard way that once they hear the word “wedding” it doesn’t matter what day you want to have it on. I played with a few different days to see if I could get any price savings and they were consistent in pricing. Your only luck would be booking a venue/hotel as they can have varying rates depending on the day. I’d never imagine a photographer being cheaper unless you picked a Tuesday or something when they normally have no business – even then they likely wouldn’t give a discount because when your planning a wedding they know that you need them.

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