Post # 1
So I’ve been looking for a photographer for a while now, an wow almost all the ones I’ve met have been rude!!! Today I sent a message to a woman a friend of mine had used. I told her that I was looking for something simple. Maybe one photographer for a couple hours. No fancy stuff. I also said I would be willing to spend around 1500 in cash.
You see my dads company had to let him go shortly after pinning a date down. So unfortunatly we can’t spend a ton on the wedding. He wants to just pay for the photographer with his tax return. The lady emailed me back saying and I quote ” my minimum is 4500. I’d like to tell you someone who you could afford, but no one professional will work for that price. Might I suggest a friend with a digetal camera?” RUDE!!!!!!!! anyone else seen rudeness likethis?
Post # 3
@AmandaLP: First let me say, I’m sorry you are so frustrated. Second, yes, I do believe the lady is correct you will have a tough time finding someone for that price. However it is not impossible. I know as a vendor myself that I sometimes work with photographers that are trying to make a name for themselves. They are usually much more reasonable on their prices. I would suggest, if you have not already done this to go to a few different wedding sites and post your needs. Explain exactly what you want and how much you are willing to pay. Many professionals will have apprentices that are affordable.
I hope this helps you and good luck.
Post # 4
That response was BS. My photography budget was smaller than the cost of most photographers. I called plenty of those type photographers you have called. Most were jerks. But a handful were very pleasant and two were more than willing to work within my budget constraints (I was capped at $2k). Keep trying. I suggest calling, rather than e-mailing…it got better results.
Post # 5
Wow…thatis really rude!! Might I suggest a friend with a digital camera? What a jerk! I hope they never get busy. That may be mean but I think $1500 is alot for just a couple hours and more than enough! People are rdiculous when it comes to certain things and they don’t have to be rude, just decline. They need to get off their high horse, freals!
I have also been faced with extreme, unwarranted rudeness. My caterer is also doing our flowers because he has his own flower shop in my home town. He has always been borderline rude but his prices are great and so is the food so we decided to go with him anyways. I went with my mom and sister on Saturday to pick flowers out. My Future Mother-In-Law and Future Sister-In-Law also came and he goes “My God, how many damn women does it take to pick flowers out!” And then we were talking about my mom’s corsage as well as my FMIL’s. My mom wanted a wrist one and my Future Mother-In-Law wanted a pinned on one. No big. They could have both. Then my Future Mother-In-Law goes “You know what, I’ll do a wrist one too so we match” and her and my mom were going back and forth about. No arguing. Just voicing pros and cons for each (my mom over does EVERYTHING) finally he slams his hand down and goes “MY GOD!!!!! IT’S JUST A DAMN FLOWER YOU WOMEN ARE DRIVING ME NUTS FIGURE IT OUT ALREADY!”
I said “that was quite rude, Bill. We are the ones paying you, ya know!” And he just laughed it off and went on like he didn’t just blow up at us all. WEIRDO.
I guess people in the wedding business tend be a tad bitchy and high strung.
Post # 6
have you considered going to the local colleges and hiring a photo student?
Post # 7
I found four great photographers for under $2000. I also found a ton more for over $4000. I think that it is completely possible. I see that you also live in a major city, have you thought about finding a photographer from the suburbs and paying a travel fee? Photographers based out of smaller cities sometimes charge lower prices.
Post # 8
I found that photographers were the rudest people to deal with. All they did was put down every other photographer by saying unless you spent thousands and thousands you were not going to get quality pictures and would regret it for the rest of my life. Well, every photographer who told me that was automatically rejected by me, I don’t think that’s any way to do business. And yes I spent a couple thousand on photography and found a photographer I loved who sold me by how great her work was and how nice she was, not by how conceited she was or by telling me my wedding would be horrible without them. You just have to keep looking around and you will find somebody who fits your needs.
Post # 9
@redhead46: I had the same experience with photographers I called! Is it an artist thing? I don’t get it.
Post # 10
I just don’t get it. I am willing to spend as much at 2500. I said 1500 because I know they will go up in price from what I say. But I just felt that was extremely rude! 4500 just to show up is crazy. That doesn’t even include anything! Sigh. I think the stress is beginning to eat at me. Lol