Post # 1
My husband and I are going on a delayed honeymoon in November to Hawaii. We were engaged there in August 2011, and we want to get some professional pictures taken on the beach. My sis ter did this and her photos are gorgeous.
A wonderful Bee referred me to a photographer she used, and I’m in the process of asking for a quote. We are extremely flexible with the date and time for our session. I am wondering if it’s silly to ask if it’s cheaper to get photos taken during the week? I was kind of set on getting them taken on December 1, which would be out six-month anniversary, but if I can get them for less because the week is less hectic for a photographer, then I’m all for saving money.
Is this a dumb question to ask?
Post # 3
I don’t think it’s a dumb question, it never hurts to ask 🙂 The worst that can happen is the photographer says no.
Post # 4
Depends on the photographer. I only offer discounts on Sunday and weekday weddings. Not for e-sessions or portraits.
ETA: Photographers don’t typically give weekday discounts.
Post # 5
I don’t think the day of the week will affect the price.
Post # 6
@mgol25: To be honest, I’ve never heard of a photographer discounting based on the DAY of the week. We got a discount (without even asking) because we’re getting married in the winter, and it’s an unpopolar time of year up here.
I really don’t like when people ask photographers for discounts, to be honest. I think the better approach is saying “our budget is $XXX, is this something you can work with?”
But, there are plenty of photographer bees, and hopefully they’ll chime in.
Post # 7
Starting off a communication with a photographer and immediately asking for a discount just says you don’t think the their work is worth their rate. Some may tell you that it doesn’t hurt to ask, but I think it sets the tone of your relationship with them.
Post # 8
Apart from “mates rates”, I don’t work more cheaply on particular days of the week and I think it’d be surprising to find many photographers who do. You’d be better to set a budget first and then find a photographer whose work you like and ask for quotes.
I’d be very polite if asked if I could work for less on Wednesdays, say, but I’d seriously consider whether I wanted to work for a client who thought my work was worth less on that day! I wouldn’t mind being paid twice as much for anti-social hours, mind but it doesn’t happen! Mainly because it isn’t an office hours profession.
Post # 9
The amount of work done is the same whether it’s a weekday or a weekend.
In fact, being in the Washington DC area, I charge more for weekday sessions because of traffic around the rush hour in DC, and brides completely understand how terrible it is.
I agree with BlondeBee, that you should tell the photographer your budget, and ask what they can give you for that.
Post # 10
Thanks so much for both of your feedback. Just to be clear, I was considering asking only because I thought there were “peak” versus “off-peak” hours. I figured that weekends would likely be considered “peak” hours, and December 1, the day I was semi-set on, was a Sunday. But based on your feedback, this isn’t how the industry works! Thanks for letting me know!
Post # 11
i would never discount portraits because its a week day. That’s when I do portraits. Weekends are reserved for weddings. Any time of the year.
Post # 12
@mgol25: not for portraits. Perhaps for a wedding.
Post # 13
I don’t discount anything, weddings or portraits. I don’t work any less hard, or have less expenses, just because it’s a weekday. Portraits especially, because I only shoot portraits on weekdays.
While I guess technically it couldn’t hurt to ask, I am automatically put off when a perspective clients fires in with wanting a discount or cheaper rate. It gives me the impression that they don’t value my work.
Post # 14
I agree with PPs. Shooting during the week takes the same amount of energy and editing time as shooting on the weekend so I don’t charge differently, but I also charge the same for weddings whether they be Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. I will sometimes offer $100 off an off season wedding but I’m getting away from that now too.