Post # 1
So I’d lined up a photographer that used to do photography for my old museum job. His stuff rocks and I was so so excited but he just emailed to tell me that he can’t do it. I’m 10 months out from the wedding and stressing out big time — we were getting him for a steal plus his stuff is great. Now I’m experiencing major sticker shock ($4500?!?! That’s half my budget!!) and I’m without a photographer. My FI keeps trying to calm me down by saying that we have plenty of time but — stupid boy — we do NOT have plenty of time! And to add insult to injury he thinks we don’t need a photographer because everyone will take digital photos and upload them to facebook! I know he’s trying to calm me down but it’s just making me cry harder. Oh, for the winning lotto numbers … :-/
Post # 3
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
You do have plenty of time! When you get to six months or less, panic is starting to become appropriate. 🙂 You’ll find someone! I booked mine with seven months to go, and I didn’t come across anyone who didn’t have the date available. The budget issue is obviously a lot harder, but there are definitely decent photographers out there who will work for a whole lot less than $4,500!
Post # 4
Take a moment and breathe. You have plenty of time. I know that you will find a photographer that completely rocks in this amount of time. I wouldn’t start the panic until you have 5 months until the wedding.
Post # 5
Cheer up!! Check craigslist and ask other bees in your area for suggestions.. you’ll find someone in no time at all. And, look at this in a positive way- maybe you’ll find an even better photographer! All the best!
Post # 6
You’ll be fine!!! I’m going to be finding a photographer in less than 5 months! You can totally find one in 10!
Post # 7
- Wedding: May 2010 - The Chesapeake Bay Beach Club
You’ll definitely be fine! We found an awesome photographer with a little less than 9 months. Pleeeenty of time 🙂 Deep breathes!
Post # 8
Aww I’m so sorry! You have plenty of time! Just keep looking and talk to everyone you know that has gotten married. As long as you find someone with at least a 3 month notice you will be fine. I know I was. Best of Luck.
Post # 9
You really do have plenty of time, and there are so many good deals out there. You can find a very reasonably priced photographer if you know where to look- on WB, look into photography schools, etc. Don’t worry!
Post # 10
I’m sorry that your photographer had to cancel on you – at least it was with a good amount of time before the wedding and not the month before!
Post # 11
omg honey ((HUGS)) sorry your photog bailed. how much is your budget? i have friendors who travel to tx and may be able to refer you to them…
Post # 12
Thanks all — I’m feeling a little bit better this morning. I was actually okay-ish immediately after he emailed me, and had it in pretty good perspective — I thought to myself, well, at least he didn’t bail with a month’s warning, it could be worse! But then, the more I thought about it, and how we would fit photography into our budget that was quadruple what I thought it would be, the more I started to panic about the whole thing, and money and by the end of the night I was basically a mess. It sort of snowballed on me.
@crebre — Our budget is … interesting. Originally we’d budgeted $20,000 as our max, tippy-top. My parents have contributed about 1/4 of that, so it’s not totally all on our own. BUT I’m trying really hard to slash that in half — I really want to do the wedding for around 10K, so the inclusion of a $4500 photography fee was a harsh blow last night. Any friendor info you’ve got would be great — the photog I’d originally lined up was a college student, majoring in photojournalism, so I don’t have a problem taking a chance on someone just starting out. Our theory was that we’d rather have 20 amazing photographs than 200 ho-hum photos.