(Closed) A Photography Pickle

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Just negotiate with the photographer and tell them you don’t need the e-pics. They should be willing to drop the price, most photographers are flexible about customizing packages to their client’s needs!

Post # 4
383 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Packages can be negotiated.  I’ve found that vendors are usually willing to either add or drop items from their packages.  If you explain that you only need them for a certain part of the wedding, I’m sure they’d be fine with it.

Post # 5
1518 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Yes i would just ask them to use it another way.. or negotiate with you. For instance we didn’t have engagement pictures so we are using the extra session in our package for an hour at rehearsal dinner. That way the photographer can come and get pictures of the evening and dinner– we are having around 60 family and friends so it will be nice to have some pictures of it. Another option they gave us was to do a session after the wedding kind of like engagement pics but newlywed pics instead. 

Post # 6
5147 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Do your friends have to be labeled “official photographer”, they could just be friends with cameras!

Post # 7
1995 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

random question but how is the venue suppose to know who’s the professional & if they’re drinking?  Is there a monitor checking people’s glasses?

Post # 8
391 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

See if you can take out the e-pics from the package. Although, e-pics are meant for your photographer to get to know you, your angles, style and etc. Maybe do two e-pics sessions? A formal one with your photographer and a casual one with your friend.

Post # 9
193 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Having two sets of engagement photos isn’t a bad idea 🙂 But if you don’t want that I would go with the other posters’ suggestions about negotiating with the pro photogs to remove the e-pic option. Also, you can find a photographer who is flexible and will only shoot for a few hours. It doesn’t have to be for the entire day. Good luck!

Post # 11
3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Why don’t you have your friend be your photographer right up to half way thru the reception. Get a contract that says when your photographer will be done. When it hits the time, you can tell the vendor (if they ask) that the contracted time is over & he’s staying now as a guest.

Maybe your friend doesn’t mind not drinking for your wedding day… you could try talking to them about it. Maybe you want them the option to drink, but maybe they don’t care if they have wine or sparkling cider.

Post # 12
2532 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I know my venue requires me to give the names of my vendors because all guests and vendors have to check in at a security gate beforehand. THat is the only thing I can think of in terms of them “knowing” who is the photographer.

But besides the security guard who else will really know who those people are! Also though – you should just be sure that your friends are okay to take pictures while drinking. I know that my pictures get progressively worse when I get drunk. IT almost looks like the camera is drunk too! I would just be worried that your friends would be less careful if they have had a few drinks than if they were sober. Maybe they would be fine, Im just saying that this is something to think about!

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