Post # 1
In the beginning of my wedding planning I jumped the gun & booked the first photographer I met with. I put down a 1,000$ deposit & realized a few months in that I didnt think our visions were just right for my big day. I told the photographer that I wasnt going to use them for my wedding, & they told me I would just have that 1,000$ as a credit to use for any photography in the future. I got an email this morning from the photographer & Im a little confused as to what it means exactly. Help?
Email: <br />”I just wanted to check in and see what you’ve decided as far as me shooting your wedding. Last we spoke, I believe you had gone with another vendor for photo/video, which would turn your reservation fee into a credit. If thats the case, I was wondering if you had a photo booth for your wedding? If not, I would love to provide you one for no charge if you were interested. Im looking at offering an open-air digital photo booth service and need a wedding for my portfolio. Thanks!”
Soooo heres my question: Does that mean they want to give me a free photobooth for my day because its a new feature they are offering and they need to have a first wedding for their portfolio? Or does that mean they want to use my 1,000$ down payment in exchange for the photobooth? Ive never heard of a photobooth costing 1k — especially for someone just becoming familiar with it?? Am I missing something? Of course Im going to email the photographer back and ask to clarify, but I just wanted to see what you bees thought this meant?
Post # 2
Maybe email the photographer for clarification? I would think that they mean to use the $1000 credit, but it’s probably best to get all of that in writing from the actual vendor. I’ve heard of photobooths costing around $1000 after set-up, delivery, etc, but I’m sure that depends on your area as well.
Post # 3
Maybe they want to use a portion of your 1k credit towards a photo booth. I’d definitely email back to ask. It was kind of confusing the way they worded it.
Post # 4
- Wedding: December 2014 - 13th ~ TN
housebee: +1…. it is how it sounds to me
Post # 5
I think it’s them wanting to use the $1000 for a photobooth (which I agree sounds a little steep but it depends on what they’re offering with that…)
Post # 6
It sounds like they want you to use at least part of your credit on the photobooth, since the credit line of thought led directly into the photobooth question. Maybe they figure you won’t use your whole $1000 credit at once, but rather on multiple services? Either way, there’s no harm in asking for clarification on their photobooth prices (if you’re interested in that service).
Post # 7
Rarely does anyone actually offer anything for free. I think she is offering you a chance to use your credit for the photobooth, but I would email to clarify if you are at all interested.
I would also ask how much of your credit this “free” photobooth would use, and what it would include.
Post # 8
I don’t know, based on that email I wouldn’t assume that the $1k credit would go toward a photo booth. I’d definitely shoot her an email to clarify –
Hi Photographer – We would definitely be interested in having a photo booth at our wedding, especially one that was free of charge, if it helped you build your portfolio! Would that be applied to our $1k credit?
If she says yes, then reply sorry, we changed our mind and don’t need one, and then keep your credit!
Post # 9
Thanks eveRyone! It seems quite odd to say “free” when it’s really 1k. I would never spend 1k on a photo booth when other companies around here offer them for 300-600$. the email was quite strange IMO.
Post # 10
- Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX
Barbiestylez: Definitely ask for clarifiction. That was weirdly worded by the photographer and I really could see it meaning either way.
Post # 11
Thats a tricky one! I actaully read it as “If I’m correct about our last conversation and I’m not shooting your wedding anymore, I’m available on your date and want to build up a portfolio, so can I do a photobooth at your reception at no cost and you’d still have a $1k credit” but i think I’m the only one why read it that way lol.
Post # 12
It sounds like they are offering it as a way for you to use your credit with them
So it would use part of/all of your 1000 credit.
Post # 13
Is it normal to have your deposit kept like that? That hardly seems fair to keep your entire deposit.
Post # 14
- Wedding: October 2014 - Monday Night Brewing
Barbiestylez: Assuming the photog in your original post DOES, in fact, intend for you to exchange your credit for the booth: If you want to have/were thinking of booking a photobooth in the $300-$600 range, see if this photographer is open to you using part of your credit ($500 or whatever you think is fair) to compensate them for the booth, but let you keep the other $500 for future services. I don’t think this question would be out of line, at all.
Post # 15
I think they’re trying to use your $1000 credit towards this digital photo booth (they can definitely cost that much), though it is very strange to use the word “free” if they’re using your credit. Unless the photobooth costs more than $1000 and theyre discounting the remainder?
Usually when someone admits they need shots for their portfolio they’re showing they’re new and offer a significant discount or “free” services.