Post # 1
I have a photographer that I’m absolutely in love with, however the full day package is way out of my price range…by about 2k. EEK 🙁 Their work is great so I don’t want to offend them by any means but the highest I could go is $3,000 and their listed packages for a full day (8hrs) is $5k.
I’m having a smaller wedding so I realistically would only need one photographer but their packages only list out with two photographers. That will be the first question I will ask, however they are a husband and wife team so I’m not sure if they’ll book separately.
Secondly, my wedding falls on a Thursday so I’m hoping that may give me a better bargaining standpoint.
My main question is to see if anyone has suggestions how I can negotiate or if I even should try being that my budget is so much lower. I absolutely love their style and know they are worth every penny and I definitely do not want to offend them by mentioning such a lower price.
I know I could book them for fewer hours but I really would like my whole event captured :/
Post # 3
Since your wedding is a smaller wedding, as you say, could you book a package other than their eight hour package? Is there any way to cover your event in fewer hours? Please keep in mind part of the quality of their work may well be due to having two photographers, and two point of view/angles/locations.
Post # 4
Some photographers offer a weekday discount. They may drop the price a little (but not that much) to exclude hours and/or a second shooter. I wouldn’t count on it if they are a husband/wife team. I cut the price of what I pay my second shooter. But seeing they are husband/wife team, that is their income.
Honestly, not to sound rude or harsh, don’t count on it, I’d ask, but you might just get a weekday discount and offered less hours for a cheaper package.
As a husband/wife team, and being professional photographers, you have to remember that this is their income. They have to pay overhead costs with the business ontop of anything their packages offer and taxes…then pay themselves. Not leaving them with much income.
Post # 5
@espie24: If you want to pay a lower cost you’re going to have to go into the negotiation willing to sacrifice something. A Thursday wedding is just as much work as a Saturday wedding so that is generally not a factor for me. To be totally honest, as photographers we look at it this way – why should I book a smaller package when I could just book another couple at my full pricing? It’s not like we are able to cut our shooting hours with one couple and therefore fit in another wedding the same day, you know? And I agree with PPs, a husband and wife team is likely not going to go for the solo shooter option because they are accustomed to shooting with each other and rely on each other to provide the coverage you see in their work. A shooter who always works with someone else may feel like a fish out of water trying to cover everything on their own, while a solo shooter who doesn’t often shoot with someone else is accustomed to the work that goes into covering the day comprehensively on their own.
I totally understand not wanting to reduce the number of hours since the whole wedding day is important to you. My advice would be to look for another photographer. If you’d like to share with me who the photographer is that you’re looking at (either here or private message) and where you are located I may be able to suggest some photographers with a similar style who might be more in line with your budget.
Post # 7
That’s a pretty big discount to ask for. Id start off by foregoing any physical products in the package( if any)
Post # 8
I’d just be honest with them. Tell them you love their work but they are out of your price range and you understand if they can’t work with you on a cheaper package but you’d just kick yourself if you didn’t ask. So with a budget of 3k for a Thursday night, is there any coverage they could offer you?
Post # 9
I don’t think you can negotiate with photographers. If they are out of budget, they are out of budget. I think asking a photog to lower their price can be offensive (especially by so much). The amount of editing work does not change. You will have to pick someone you can afford.
Post # 10
@CorgiTales: “I’d just be honest with them. Tell them you love their work but they are out of your price range and you understand if they can’t work with you on a cheaper package but you’d just kick yourself if you didn’t ask. So with a budget of 3k for a Thursday night, is there any coverage they could offer you?“
@MrsTVLover: “I don’t think you can negotiate with photographers. If they are out of budget, they are out of budget. I think asking a photog to lower their price can be offensive (especially by so much). The amount of editing work does not change. You will have to pick someone you can afford.“
I would do a combination of the above.
Contact them, explaining your situation (wedding day of Thursday, budget of 3k) and ask if they would be able to put together an individual package within your price range.
If they cannot, don’t try to bargain with them, as I agree that’s offensive.
They may be able to accommodate you, in which case – Yay! If not, continue the search for a photographer, as I’m sure you will be able to find someone with brilliant portfolios for 3k.
Post # 11
Yeah as others have stated from the photographer’s point of view small weddings are not less work, weddings on weekdays are not less work, and for us personally splitting us up is actually more work for us because we are a two person outfit. First and foremost is 3K your absolute ceiling in budget? You do have a few months before your wedding and likely all you’ll need to do in the beginning is come up with the retainer and the rest will be due closer to your date. You may be able to scrape together a few hundred or another thousand dollars which would likely have an impact in whether or not they would be willing to do it. The best approach as others have suggested is do not ask for a discount or any special favors based on the size or day of the event, but instead tell them how much photography is important to you and that you have a max budget of X dollars.