- 5 years ago
- Wedding: May 2015
I contacted a few photographers in my area (North Jersey, Bergen county), and found one that I really liked.
The portfolio on his website was fantastic (Very artistic yet natural). I met him in person. He answered all my questions, acted professionally and gave me a good vibe. Pricing: 2 shooters for 7 hour wedding photos, HD copies of photos (600-800 shots) for $3000. Photos ready in 4wks. Engagement photos are another $600, photo booth for $1000 and additional fees for albums etc. He also has package of 8hr wedding photos + 2hour engagement photos for $3600. My fiancé and I weren’t planning on getting engagement photos or albums.
But I am torn because there are photographers referred by my friends. I am not as impressed with the portfolio of referred photographers. Their works on the website look average. However, I know I can trust them and wouldn’t mind paying everything in advance.
So here’s my dilemma. The photographer, who I like the most, wants 40% deposit, 60% on the day of wedding. He does not have physical address, and I basically looked him up on google. I don’t personally know anyone who used him or know him. He said he used to have a studio but got rid of it because there is no use for a physical address nowadays. I understand him, but I am worried that I wouldn’t know where to find him if I don’t get the photos back.I know the chance is slim but I’ve heard of people not getting wedding photos on time or not getting it at all. My brother used refutable photographer with studio and still had to wait 4 months to get the wedding photos. If I pay in advance, I wouldn’t have any leverage left.
This photographer has a beautiful website and is linked on some blogs with beautiful photos. He has some good reviews online but I know that I can’t completely rely on those reviews.
I told him I love his work but am a little concerned about the full advance payment issue because I have some friends who had hard time getting their photos back. I asked him if I can pay 40% deposit, 30% on the day of wedding and remaining 30% when I pick up the USB with photos. He said he would give me the photos in a month so I didn’t think it would be so hard. He said pre-payment is pretty much standard and we couldn’t agree on the terms.
So I can think of 2 options.
1) Trust and go with this guy because I love his work. Finish the payment on the day of wedding and hope for the best.
2) Try to re-negotiate. May be I can offer 40% deposit, 40% at the wedding, 20% at pickup. If negotiation fails, go with the average photographer referred by friends.
Any other suggestions from experienced bees?