Photographer Happy Dance

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
Member
631 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I don’t want to rain on your parade, but please make sure you have a thorough contract with this person. $300 tells me this person has little experience and may be working with less than professional gear/back up equipment. For 15 hours of just shooting work she is charging less than minimum wage. Add in the hours of editing and she isworking for free or worse, losing money. I hope this works out but I would be wary. 

Post # 4
Member
518 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@mariematt:  +1

OP – I would also be wary, because that price is super low.  Usually, $1000 – $1500 is considered a really low price (though I suppose it does depend on where you’re located), so $300 seems insanely low.  I wouldn’t want you to get burned, since photography is so important to you.  (I feel you on that!)  I’m glad you’re getting to do an e-shoot first to see how things go.  Did she provide you with a contract?

Post # 5
Member
975 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

Sounds like this person does photography as a hobby and is just starting. Make sure you look very carefully at their portfolio. When I first started I was shooting family and they didn’t even pay me that little. 

Post # 7
Member
518 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@wabanzi:  Sounds like a good deal then!  Happy dance the night away 🙂  You’ve got plenty of time to find someone else if the e-shoot doesn’t go as expected.  (PS — that is BS that the others aren’t returning your calls!!!)

Post # 8
Member
4043 posts
Honey bee

@wabanzi:  A 3 hour engagement shoot? That seems really long. 

As other bees have noted, just be cautious. I understand your area may have low cost photographers and she is trying to start up her business, but she is essentially making no money off your engagement photos/wedding. A 12 hour wedding package is also on the high end of hours offered. Most brides book 8-10 hour packages.

It is possible work out fine, but just be thorough and cautious!

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