(Closed) WTH? Is she crazy?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

Don’t hire her.  Send her a reply thanking her for the quote and stating that you won’t be using her services.  If she asks why, say she’s too pricey.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I would respond with an honest statement.

“wow that is a beat steep for me. The other photographers that I have looked at in the area charge $X amount.”

And I would leave it open ended to see how she responds.

That is really absurd and I wonder where she got her pricing from?

Post # 5
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Busy bee

Honesty is best.  She’s too expensive.  Try to do somebody a favor, huh? lol

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

She’s lost it.  That’s too expensive for a photog even if they aren’t a novice.  She needs to develop a reputation first, then maybe increase her prices.  As a jumping off point, she shouldn’t charge much at all!  Yikes.  I don’t know if your family would be upset with you if you just said, “I’m so sorry, we’d really like to be able to work with you but we just can’t afford that right now”.  It doesn’t seem like something unreasonable to say to me!

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Wow. Really amazing, established photogs in big cities charge less than that for 2 hour shoots. Ours was $350 for 2 hours with 100% edited images on a DVD with release rights…in BOSTON. And she’s very sought after. She’s crazy if she thinks she can build a successful business charging people that.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

You might be honestly helping her out to let her know she is overcharging. Load your reply up with sweetness but still get the point across that she is too expensive.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

@MrsPinkPeony:

I agree with @FMM: you should let her know that you’ve checked prices with other Established photographers and their rates are $xx-xxx for such and such and leave it at that.  Then she will have to know that her prices are WAY out of line-that way it lets you off the hook for the crazy price she asked for-and you help her “business” by letting her know that she won’t get ANY business when asking for that much $$$. 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I wonder if it wasn’t a typo and maybe she added an extra zero?  I think your FB reply was a good way to go about it though.  It totally gives her the ability to let you know that it either was a typo, or to adjust her rate to something more reasonable.  500 is crazy.

Ours was 150 for 90 minutes and a DVD with rights released.  She even photoshoped a couple pictures for me.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

Wow…that is expensive.  I definitely wouldn’t book with her either.  I like the message that you sent back to her about her prices.  Hopefully she’ll realize that she’s charging too much!

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

Wow! Our photographer doesn’t even charge that much for e-photo sessions and she’s been in business for years! 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Yeah, our engagement session with proofs was $280, and our photographer is amazing and quite experienced (and only does 5 weddings per year so pretty in demand)

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Wow that is almost half of what our wedding photos will be w/a professional who is established, DVD, photoshopping select photos and owning the rights to our pictures. I think she is crazy to think as a newbie she can charge that much!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

wow, she just doesnt “get it”… some photogs charge that, but they are like award winning, been in the business a long time, etc… new photogs charge very little until they build up a portfolio.  I think you handled it well.

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