What does this mean? Photographer email from a photographer I decided not to use

posted 2 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
8387 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

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
2484 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

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
1737 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - 13th ~ TN

housebee:  +1…. it is how it sounds to me

Post # 5
9856 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

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
207 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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
42082 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
1924 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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!


  • This reply was modified 2 years, 5 months ago by  CityBearBride.
Post # 10
1893 posts
Buzzing bee
  • 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
1634 posts
Bumble bee

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
564 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016


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
441 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Is it normal to have your deposit kept like that? That hardly seems fair to keep your entire deposit. 

Post # 14
17 posts
  • 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
560 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

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.

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