Photography issue, how would you feel? 25 days away

posted 3 years ago in September 2014
  • poll: Would you pay $1700 for NON-professional pictures
    Yes, he's doing you a favor by stepping in as your photographer : (2 votes)
    4 %
    No way, he's trying to rob you blind : (44 votes)
    83 %
    I think you need a new friend : (7 votes)
    13 %
  • Post # 2
    1237 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    First of all, it’s never a good idea to do business with friends.  Just because he’s a close friend doesn’t mean he has to give you a great deal. 

    That said, I think you’re getting a great deal. I’m paying $1K more than that for my photog and based on the quotes I got that was cheap. 

    You out probably shouldn’t have gone with family as photographers in the first place. It’s pretty crappy that they ditched your wedding to work if they were planning on photographing your wedding. 

    Post # 3
    3001 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I would not pay a non-proffessional over $1000.  I would be hard pressed to give a non-proffesional over $500, and I would definatly have a contract.

    If you can find a proffessiona that you like at this point still, I would think about doing it.  There are somethings that a proffessional is just going to be better at, from crowd to time control, that you will appriciate at the end of the day.

    ETA: my wedding photos ran me $1500 for 7 hours of coverage, 800 edited images, full print copy-right, a photo book, an engagement session and $100 worth of proffesional prints. 

    Post # 4
    1237 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    I can’t edit my post for some reason. I missed that he was completely a non-professional. I though you meant he did it on the side kind of making him a semi-professional. Has he ever done a wedding before?  If not then yes $1700 is steep but then again he is also helping you by stepping in last minute. It wolush be incredibly hard to find a pro at this point. If you end up going with him make sure you have a contract. 

    Post # 5
    8587 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Is he editting them or will you need to take them somewhere else for editting? If he isn’t, there is no way i’d pay $1200.

    Post # 7
    1237 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    You might want to try looking for a photography student. A lot of local colleges have students who do weddings and will probably charge less than your friend. And they’ll probably edit your photos too. 

    Post # 8
    7397 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    How much photography are you wanting to get? Is it an all day photo shoot? I am not sure if you live in an overpriced area where that would be considered discounted or if he is just asking a high price. It sounds like the price is not good to you period, so you should just decline because of that. That would be too high for me too. We’re getting 3 hours of photography from a local photographer for $400 fwiw. Just keep asking around.

    Post # 10
    785 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    NurseMandie:  Honestly his pricing seems ridiculous!! You said that your cousin is a photographer.. would it be possible to get them to photographer the wedding? Photos are the most important part of the day in my opinion.. I would hate to see you lose out just because this guy blindsided you! Hope things work out for you!

    Post # 11
    1215 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    NurseMandie:  NO WAY! I do hobby photography and charge like $500 for friends and family.

    No way someone who isn’t a professional should be charging more than professionals. Also for people saying that is a great deal that depends on your area. Where I live $1700 is about average.


    Post # 12
    1912 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    Personally I have no clue why you’re so upset at him. YOU came to him asking for a favor. He didn’t come to you asking for the job. Clearly he isn’t trying to make a career out of photography. If you don’t like his price, you simply say no and move on. He doesn’t owe you anything & doesn’t have to do a cheap favor for you if he doesn’t want to. 

    I would however be pissed at your family members who ditched you. You’re not upset because they didn’t realize it was football season/they didn’t check their work schedule? They made a commitment, period. They shouldn’t have said they would do something so important unless they were 100% sure they could. 

    Post # 13
    157 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    It kind of sounds like he isn’t interested in doing the photography… perhaps he is charging more and/or not negotiating with you because he was really looking forward to just being a guest at the wedding? 

    Post # 14
    725 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

    1) perhaps your friend is over-quoting you because he doesn’t want to do it

    2) if photos are important to you, and you want great photos, you shouldn’t expect to pay a few hundred dollars. Not to be harsh, but when it comes to photos, you will get what you pay for. 

    Post # 15
    600 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    I definitely feel he is over charging you. I think I’m paying around $2200, and I get engagement pics, 8 hours, a 2nd photog, a large canvas, rights and a few other things. And my quote is low in my area.

    I would forget the friend and try to hire someone else. Anyway you can borrow from yours or FIs parents? Grandma? Anyone? 

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