Post # 1
I spoke to my photographer.. They want $150 ADDITIONAL money plus travel expenses to do our e-photos in Gettysburg (about 1/2 hour from their offices)… I am thinking I may not use them now, for anything.. The ONLY photo I necessarily WANT in Gettysburg is for our invites, but I LOVE the town, and would like to have an entire session there.. I would rather my wedding photog do it because, well, I want to get to know them.. The package we would go with is 3500+ AND includes 2 studio sessions (if we decided to use them for the e-photos, one of the ‘studio sessions’ would become our Gettysburg session) but I REALLY REALLY don’t want to pay the extra fees! I am so sad because this photographer has some of the most beautiful photos I have ever seen.. But fees like that are pusing me away from wanting them as my photog, I have already come to senses that I was going to spend alot of our budget on photos, but, that $150+ is just making my wallet cry! What do I do!!?
Post # 3
That’s a LOT for 30 minutes of travel. We typically just charge a hotel if over 3 hours, but nothing else.
Post # 4
@hiroshymatetrastar: $150 is a little rough, but as a photographer, I do not question others fees. We all charge what we are comfortable with, and feel that we need/deserve.
Let me ask you this: if you truly love their pictures and they are the photographer that you MUST have, then is it worth it to lose that and begin your search again for $150.00???? Only you know that answer. Can you find it cheaper? Undoubtedly. Will you be as happy???
Post # 5
Like PP I would just pay it if you love their work. However, personally speaking, I’ve seen photographers drive way more than that as a cost of doing business (it is a write off!). For example, here in Southern California, a photographer will travel between several counties without charging extra and this can often be several hours of driving with LA traffic.
Post # 6
@hiroshymatetrastar: I’m going to agree with the PP who stated $150 is a lot for 30 minutes. My photographer who is amazing is located in another county than us and she does not charge any travel fees within South Florida. She gave us the option to have several locations for our e-shoot and she didn’t attach any travel fees (our package is a lot less than yours). Now, I do not think it’s wrong for photographers to charge travel fees for reasonably lengthy distances but for 30 mins….come on!
Despite my opinion, if you truly like them and do not think you will find someone else who can top their work then just pay their fee. You still have time to shop around since your wedding is until next year. Hopefully you are not being charged any travel fees for your wedding.
Post # 7
@msfuturea: I figured out what we are doing.. We are going to keep our photographer for the ceremony.. A friend of mine is a fine arts student (she has already gotten a degree in photography) do our e-pictures, she said that she would give me all the rights, do the minor editing (blemishes, red eye, things like that). All for $60 (I’ll probably give her more than that) to let us put it in her portfolio. *DIBS* I’m gonna do it LOL! WOOT!
Post # 8
Hi, I think this might be a little late, but it really depends on what you are paying overall. I remember when I did my first (professional) wedding, and I charged less than $400 for 8 hours or so. AFTER we signed the contract, I realized I had to travel 2 hours to the wedding site. I requested additional money, because the $400 payment is for the actual photography service, and it didn’t include any travel expenses…
However, if you are paying $3k+, I think they should travel to you for no additional costs… and it’s only 30 minutes! Yeah, I think you are paying too much!
Post # 9
Yeah, that seems step for 30 minutes of travel. Our photographer had us pay for the hotel because she came out the night before and took pictures at the rehersal and rehersal dinner and she came 3 hours. How far is it miles wise? Could you negociate and pay for gas or something that is acceptable to you and then they dont lose a customer?
Post # 10
@chasesgirl: I think I’m just going to have my friend do it. I trust her and know she will do a beautiful job.. Just hope we like the photographer for our wedding.. We will still use the 2 studio sessions to get to know them 🙂
@zarethacosta: I agree we are paying alot, but photography was one of those things we wanted to splurge on
Post # 11
@hiroshyma tetrastar, yes photography is something you should give priority, but there comes a point when you have to realize someone is trying to take advantage of you :/ best wishes though!
Post # 12
@zarethacosta: for what we are getting, I really don’t think we are being taken advantage of… We are getting alot with the package, and probably won’t have to order much picture-wise outside of what we get
Post # 13
@zarethacosta: In my area $3500 is about the average for photographers, so I wouldn’t jump to the conclusion that she’s being taken advantage of.
@hiroshymatetrastar: If the site is 30 minutes away from their studio, and they have to travel both ways, it is actually $150 for an hour of travel. I don’t think that is unreasonable. But if you don’t need 2 studio sessions maybe you could swap them both for the off-site engagement session. However, if I really loved the photographer’s work I’d just pay the extra $150.
Post # 14
I think he is taking advantage. But, only you could make the decision. If you absolutely love the work, then pay. If not, find someone else. You could tell him that you got a better price and if he is willing to throw in something for free (like a large portrait) – at least you’d be getting something for the money.
Post # 15
@hiroshymatetrastar: The photographer told you that your sessions were “studio” sessions before booking right? Honestly, a studio session is SO much easier than an on-location session. Everything is already set up, you don’t need to travel, so you just “insert couple here.”
You decided you wanted something different (more labor intensive) after you booked, so unfortunately that means you’re going to have to pay for it. If you were already getting an on-location session I’d say $150 is a lot to charge for half an hour of driving, but he’s probably factoring in that it will be a different type of session in the cost. He’s not taking advantage, just charging what it’s worth to him to do a different type of session in addition to travel I’d imagine.
Post # 16
You all signed a contract and if it didn’t include anything about travel fees, so I don’t think he can ask for it. My photographer was very upfront about travel costs for my e-session and I had no problem with it because it was already discussed.
If this is going to be a regular thing (“oh, btw, we need $200 for gas money to drive to your wedding…”), I would cut ties now. If its just a one-time thing, maybe just suck it up and get your pics. Definitely talk about the contract either way, though.
PS- where in Gburg are you taking photos? 🙂