Post # 1
Early on in our planning, we signed with a photographer that I adore. We signed a contract for her “middle” package.
Last week, I interviewed a wedding planner (I have a hectic travel schedule for work and I think I need help) and she seemed to think the price I was given was a bit high for that photog (she has worked with the photog before).
Now, I’m getting cold feet about the middle package. I thought about dropping down to the low package, which removes the engagement shoot (we already have our Save the Dates, so the engagement shoot isn’t exactly a “must have”).
My question is whether this is a big “no no” in the industry or if it’s okay to ask for such a think. FWIW, I’m having a Friday wedding, so my photog is still free to shoot another wedding that weekend.
Post # 3
Just ask you photog and see if thats an option, I personally wouldnt care if its a “no no” or anything like that, you should be happy with your package and your wedding is over a year away so I dont see why the package cant be downgraded
Post # 4
Photographer’s are always increasing their pricing. If you shopped around and did your homework, you like the photographer’s work, and what you commited too meets your budget, I wouldn’t change a thing. How much difference are we talking here? Also, if you scrap the engagement pictures, you will still have to pay someone to take them or do without them.
Post # 5
Is that the only difference in the two packages? Usually there’s less time included or less negatives/files.
It’s worth asking them, just let them know you no longer need the shoot. If there are other things included, let them know your budget has changed. Before any of it though, check your contract to ensure you don’t jeopardize your deposit and their services by changing.
I try to never get involved with vendor pricing as a coordinator because it can change, packages can change, and I don’t know what other things are included… so I wouldn’t make your decision solely based on what the planner says.
Post # 6
I think it’s perfectly fine to express the want to change because of pricing. They would have booked that day with you regardless of the package. Planning and budgets change during wedding planning all the time and it is pretty common for a bride to change her mind. I would be honest and express that it is for budgetary reasons, as the photog may be willing to bargain with you based on this information.
Post # 7
We have our Save the Dates done, I’ve just baded clay plaques for our table numbers the other night, and our guest book is actually going to be a big poster that we’re going to frame.
I’m trying to figure out why I need the engagement shoot now. My travel schedule for work is so crazy that I’m actually not even sure when we can do the darn thing.
Post # 8
@Jeannine @ Small Chic: The engagement session has other benfits. It gets you working with the photographer and comfortable with each other. It also gets you and your FI comfortable in front of the camera. Both of these things are helpful for you and the photographer for your big day, it’s not a requirement though. Also, seeing your photographers end product from your session is a good indication on how they will perform at your wedding.
Post # 9
Oops…I should have mentioned that we are friends with many of the photogs in our town (we’re creative types…involved in music and design). We’re both used to photo shoots, so that isn’t really an issue for us. We aren’t friends with our chosen photog (if our photog friends bring cameras to our wedding, we want it to be because they want to, know because they are contracted to), but we like her and her husband (her second shooter) and we know her work well.
I think I’m backing away now. I might ask her if we can change the engagement shoot to a post-wedding shoot. Maybe we can include our dog and make it more relaxed. If we did the engagement shoot, it’d be in the fall, the most hectic time of year for me. If we can do it after the wedding, sometime in the summer, it’ll be a little more relaxed.
Post # 10
@Jeannine @ Small Chic: I would go ahead and ask what your options are. Like USER said, it’s nice to have a pre-wedding shoot of some kind so you will learn how to work with your photog the best. It’s nice that you are comfortable with shoots, but the photog has to be comfortable with you as well, and they learn so much about you and your FI during pre-wedding shoots that make your wedding photos look way tawesome 🙂
I don’t think it’s a bad thing to scrap the e-photos though, just whatever you want really, and whatever the photog is willing to do. They would probably prefer a post-wedding shoot over scrapping the second session altogether, but that would just be my opinion. They also are going to be editing wedding photos afterwards… so just talk to them about the feasibility of that. Maybe you could do a Trash the Dress photo shoot!
Post # 11
That’s what we’re doing – our package included engagement shots but it just didn’t make sense for us.
We’ll be using that for a shoot later in the summer at the county fair where we had our first date 😀
Post # 12
@Jeannine @ Small Chic: It can’t hurt to ask, I would just say be prepared for the photographer to say no if you’ve already signed a contract. I think the photographer should at least be open to doing a post-wedding shoot. Those are really fun and relaxed, though you wouldn’t get the added benefit of working with the photographer before the wedding. Engagement photos are a really good indicator of how things will work for your wedding.
I’m not a wedding planner, but does it strike anyone else as kind of shady that they put a seed of doubt in someone’s mind about the price they already agreed on with another vendor? Like USER said, our prices go up all the time as we gain more experience, add more equipment, cost of living goes up, pax more taxes, etc. It doesn’t strike me as professional to question another vendor’s cost AFTER they’ve been booked. I guarantee she wouldn’t want a photographer to come along and question her rates after she already got the job . . .
Post # 13
Would you want to trade the engagement shoot for something else, like a mini album for a set of parents or something?
Post # 14
Photographers raise their prices as their businesses take off… mine has already increased her prices only a few months after we signed with her. It’s a good thing! That means demand is growing for them, and in our photographer’s case, the sooner that happens, the sooner she can leave her day job and increase the time she spends doing wedding photography, which she loves.
As long as you are happy with the photographer and feel that you signed for a fair price, I wouldn’t feel bad about what your coordinator says about the photographer’s past prices.
Post # 15
Personally from my experience thus far with photographers, they usually don’t allow you to downgrade your package, you can only upgrade it. But, try discussing your reasons with the photographer and see if they will allow you to downgrade. It never hurts to ask!