Post # 1
I’ve been posting to the hive for a long time now, but created this username to preserve my photographer’s anonymity since I’ve posted his name before. Overall, I loved him, but now I’m hitting a difficult patch with the album process.
Our package, which we booked a year ago, included a $1200 print credit to be used towards prints or an album. At the time we booked, the photographer showed us a listing of the albums he used and the prices of the albums. The album was hugely important to me, and one of the criteria we used when selecting our photographer. I really liked 2 of the albums he offered – both were flushmount albums without a gutter between the pages. For the size and number of spreads we wanted, the album cost $1500, which was fine with the print credit in our package.
After waiting almost 3 months after our wedding to receive our pictures (understandable due to the holidays), we’re ready to make our album. The photographer sent me his updated album list. He no longer offers the 2 albums I liked when I booked him. All of the flushmount albums that he now offers have gutters between the pages. Additionally, the price of the album size I wanted has increased 33%, from $1500 to $2000. Yikes! I completely understand that prices will increase a little from one year to the next, but this seems like a huge jump.
So here’s my question – what do I do? Does it cost photographers more than the cost of the album to work with an album company (ie is there a membership fee)? Is it reasonable for me to ask him to make us one of the albums that he offered at the time we booked him? Am I completely out of luck on the cost issue? I was fine forking over the additional $300 to get what I wanted, but I’m having a hard time stomaching the additional $800. Any words of wisdom or helpful advice? I really love our pictures, so I don’t want to complain too much, but this is really disappointing.
Post # 3
The best advice I can offer is to talk to the photographer. See what he can offer you. Maybe he can order the book with another company that has books w/o gutters. Tell him this is really important to you and that it was your expectation at the time of booking that he would be able to offer the style of book you wanted.
Post # 4
Is the album pricing included in the contract?
Post # 5
@ JoJo Bananas – No, it’s not. Ugh. I didn’t even think about it when we booked him. Def something I would change in retrospect!
Ladies still looking for your photographer – get everything in your contract! Learn from my mistake 🙂
Post # 6
@photo, to answer your question it does not cost anything annually to work with a particular album company and I DEFINITELY think it’s not too much to ask to have him honor the original album AND prices originally discussed. My guess is either he had a bad experience with the original album company OR they raised their prices and he thought he could get a better value for the price OR he realized he wasn’t making enough money off the albums and decided to go with a cheaper company and charge more or simply change to an equivalent company to justify the price increase.
This should not NEED to be in your contract and it irks me that a photographer would actually do this to you, especially if he was aware how important the album was to you from the start. FINALLY, $1500 sounds like a lot for an album… a ridiculous amount actually. How many spreads/pages are included in that? Does he design it himself or have the company design it? You can save a lot of money by designing the albums yourself, so I hate to say it, but it’s possible you are paying extra for him to take the easy road.
I had a 5k photographer and got a PREMIUM album included in our package for an extra $600. It is seriously one of the best albums you can buy. I offer extremeley nice albums as well and am able to charge even less than that by designing them myself.
Post # 7
I don’t specifically list prices in contract, but the prices at time of booking are guarenteed for a certain time frame following the wedding.
I would talk to him and say you liked X album and have been dreaming about it since contract date… that the reason you booked him was that album… He totally can still give it too you, it’s just a matter of him doing it…
$1500 isn’t a lot for what you’re describing. At cost those things are usually in the range of $300-900 IF he designs himself… so you have to factor in design time and the fact that only 60% of that he keeps…He’s got bills to pay 🙂
Post # 8
@LBPhotography & @KLP – Thanks so much for your input! Based on all the research I did when I booked him, I thought (and still think) $1500 was reasonable for the type and size of album we want since he does the album design himself, and his albums are gorgeous. The jump to $2k just sort of puts a knot in my stomach though. I’m meeting with him next week, so hopefully he’ll honor the pricing from when we signed the contract, or at the very least we can come to some sort of compromise about the price. I feel a lot more confident asking him about it and the album company now. Thank you!
Post # 9
unless the manufacturer has stopped making albums that you loved from the time you booked your photographer and the time to create your album (in this case it is not the fault of the photographer, he can suggest you other models for a price equivalent to what you wanted), otherwise he must re-propose you the albums you wanted.