(Closed) Am I crazy for wanting to pay photographer 2/3 in advance and 1/3 at pickup?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Which photographer should I choose?
    Trust and go with this guy because I love his work. Finish the payment on the day of wedding : (27 votes)
    77 %
    Try renegotiating. If fail, go with referred but average photographer : (6 votes)
    17 %
    Other creative suggestion? : (2 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 2
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    if you’re that worried, why not ask him for references?

    Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    dkfls:  Ask him for his mailing or home address if you’re that concerned, but I agree with the photographer – industry standard is paid in full the day of wedding and I’d insist on that if I was him. 

    Post # 4
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    the pictures are going to be the only thing you have to go back and look at. you’d hate yourself forever thinking how nice your pics are but wouldve been nicer had you gone with…. He can’t be too much of a scam if he has all his work on a website and the equipment. iIown a small business most people find me on google. I require payment 1/3 up front before I deliver. It’s just the way businesses are especially small business we get screwed a lot.

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    Post # 5
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    4037 posts
    Honey bee

    We had to pay in full a certain number of days before the wedding – can’t remember if it was 10 or 14?

    Post # 8
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    No you are not crazy if you that worried i would ask him for references.

    like other photographer who wants to be paid in full before or by the wedding,my photographer is diferrent she break the payment down and the last payment will be when we pick our wedding albums. 

    it’s 

     http://www.ksphotostudio.com

    This is our engagement pictures 

    Engagement picture (pix)

    • This reply was modified 4 years, 11 months ago by  Chaedra.
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    Post # 9
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    dkfls:  I feel Ya. 80% is a pretty good prepayment. our photographer wants half upfront then the remainder 2 weeks before. Never thought too much about that until now haha 😉 

    Post # 10
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    203 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    I am a wedding photographer and I don’t find it off at all that he wants full prepayment. I require the entire balance to be due a month before the wedding date – because I had one too many a bad incident with someone refusing to pay the rest and demanding their images anyhow. It’s pretty standard for most wedding photographers. That said, I have never had anyone be wary of paying ahead because they were afraid they wouldn’t get their images. In fact, no one has ever questioned it. At the end of the day the decision is yours about whether or not you feel comfortable with him as your photographer but if all of his reviews look great and you have seen multiple examples of complete wedding galleries from him I see no reason why not to book him. 

    Post # 11
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    128 posts
    Blushing bee

    Our photographer requires full payment a month before the wedding day. I didn’t think anything of it — she’s got a very good reputation and I’m not at all worried she won’t deliver.

    Post # 12
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    1002 posts
    Bumble bee

    If he has a website, do a whois lookup on it.  You should be able to get an address on him that way.

    Post # 13
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    6290 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2014

    dkfls:  in the UK it’s pretty standard to pay a deposit the time of booking/signing the contract, and then the balance a couple of months before the wedding (usually at the pre-wedding shoot if you’re having one). So, that wouldn’t bother me. With regards to the studio, we found about half had studios and half didn’t; it didn’t even cross my mind to be concerned about it as if someone wants to disappear they can, regardless of whether you knew their previous address. So again, that wouldn’t bother me. It also wouldn’t bother me if I didn’t know any of their previous clients; we wanted a certain style and a higher budget than everyone else we know, so we weren’t going to use someone just because other people we knew had (plenty of people gave us recommended, but the style wasn’t right for us.

    Read the testimonials, and some photogs will put you in touch with previous clients if you ask (I had a couple offer to do this). Ask to see at least one full wedding (ie every single photo) and half a dozen albums (150 ish photos) so that you can get a feel for their style and consistency. Also consider how professional they are in replying quickly etc as again that will give a good idea. But if you like their style, I would go for it. 

    Post # 14
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    Sugar bee

    I would ask for references and maybe proof of identity so that you know how to find him if he falls through on his end. Otherwise I don’t think you should go with some one that you don’t feel a connection to their work. If money isn’t the issue, keep looking for somebody that you identify with and love their work but perhaps are they are willing to negotiate with your terms or are willing to give you some better vibes about their legitimacy.

    Post # 15
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    7432 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Pay with a credit card. If he fails to deliver, a credit card dispute can get things moving again or in the worst case will get your money back.

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