(Closed) advice about photographer

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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1426 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

He offered you the discount because he wants to help you out. I wouldn’t say anything else about it.  Plus, $1000 isn’t unreasonable.  I’m only paying $750 for mine.  And if you buy prints off of him, he’ll make more money there.  If you have any extra money, just add it in as a nice tip for him and the second shooter.  But I would wait and see what he says before you take your offer back.

Post # 4
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2703 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

i honestly don’t think $1000 is unreasonable for your personal situation.

if his starting packages start at $1500, and you are paying for his travel, i think it’s a decent offer with a “friend” discount.

Post # 6
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1426 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Don’t think about it that way- think about it as your friend is offering to do your photography for whatever you are willing to give him, and you are offering him $600.  He would probably still would have done it if you said you could only give him $100 on top of the travel expenses.  So really, you don’t need to feel bad…

Post # 7
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2634 posts
Sugar bee

Since he’s doing it as a favor (of sorts) for you I don’t think offering $1000 is unreasonable.  If he wasn’t willing to help you out then he wouldn’t have offered.

Post # 9
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1315 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

It’s only a 33% discount! Stop stressing! And if you do have extra cash on the day you can throw in a tip, as greenleafmountain said.

Post # 10
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1000 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Just don’t hold it against him if he has to turn you down and you’ll be fine 🙂 Usually when family/close friends contact me about doing their weddings I feel like they expect it to be free and that’s REALLY frustrating. If I were a DJ or another wedding vendor, where it would only mean one day out of my life, that would be different, but I just can’t afford to do 80 hours of work for free for every aquintance. There is a reason I charge what I charge.

That being said, I think it’s nice that you expressed that you are willing to pay him and you offered what you had. He can take it or not, but I don’t think you did anything you should feel bad about at all 🙂

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