PHOTOGRAPHER BEES – is this a silly question?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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433 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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
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Bumble bee

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I don’t think the day of the week will affect the price. 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

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.

Best wishes!

Post # 11
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Helper bee

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
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Helper bee

@mgol25:  not for portraits. Perhaps for a wedding. 

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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.

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