(Closed) Are photographers ignoring me because of my small budget?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Have you tried looking on craigslist under services?

I’m not sure where you are located, but I knot that in FL there are lots of professional vendors on there who are very responsive.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Why are you telling them your budget at all? Are you trying to negotiate with them right away? Our photographer is around $1600 (including ALL of the good stuff: 2 photographers, 6 hours, copyright release and engagement shoot), so that isn’t a TINY budget, but we’ve never told any of our vendors our budget, either for their services specifically or for the wedding in general. We’ve just asked their pricing and availability, and that’s that. Unless there is something you didn’t say, I am not sure why you need to tell them your budget in the first place.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I emailed a TON of photographers, said nothing about my budget, and still only got responses from about half of them. Don’t take it personally! (and don’t tell them your budget. ask them straight out what they charge, or look at their website. I found that most of the ones I looked at had their price right on there.)

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I had the same issue! Most photographers didn’t contact me back–and I had one photographer essentially “break up” with me after we’d made a date to meet and talk details and I told him my budget; he emailed me back and said he’d changed his mind and thought I should contact someone else.

Luckily, I found a fabulous up and coming lady and I think we both just snapped eachother up with equal eagerness (me for the deal, her for the client). The best part is tracking her blog this past summer and seeing all the new work she’s doing and how FABULOUS it is.

 

Neener neener neener, $4k photographers. I win. (:

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@ebet24: Ok, that makes much more sense, that’s all I was asking. To be honest, then yes, if you are asking photographers to cut their price in half for you, then some of them may be ignoring your emails. I am not saying quit trying, because if you get someone to say yes, then AWESOME, but I wouldn’t be shocked that some people won’t bother responding.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Wow, I think it’s pretty rude of a “professional” to not even respond! If they can’t work with your budget they could at least send you a little email back saying so. I only emailed 1 photog, the one we absolutely loved, and I did mention that I wasn’t sure I could afford her package. She said she couldn’t budge on the price and was sorry, but we decided to meet up anyway. Then FI’s parents offered to pay for the photog so it worked out anyway 🙂 But at least she repsonded politely, when we thought it wouldn’t work out.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@ebet24: I don’t think that is too low for a photography budget! A helpful hint that I got from a photographer that was way out of my budget… If you like a photographers style, show interest in them, and when they tell you they are out of your price range ask them who they use as a second shooter, they typically have the same style as them but will be a lot less money! 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

If you like photojournalism, check the Wedding Photo Journalist Association website. They list photographers in your area and their starting price. http://www.wpja.com. That’s how I ended up finding mine!!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Our wedding was this last Saturday and I booked my photographers through http://www.thepros.com

We paid $2000 for two photographers for 8 hours of shooting.  They were FANTASTIC.  I tried to not let the stress of having perfect pictures plague me, so I just booked them about 4 months ago and tried not to worry about it.  All of the positive reviews about The Pros are correct.  I was extremely impressed with their work and I cannot wait to get my pics.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

On one hand, yes, of course it’s unprofessional for them to not even respond. On the other hand, it really doesn’t make any sense to e-mail photographers starting at 3k when your budget is half that. I’d do some more looking for photographers that fit your budget – I’m sure some can work with you but half off their normal price would be a very extreme discount. But you’d get more responses if you just e-mailed them with what you need as far as hours go and things like that and ask what they would charge. Then you could possibly try to negotiate a bit, although I don’t see many brides have good luck with that.

Post # 15
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Busy Beekeeper

i never told photogs my budget when i sent the first email. i wanted their prices first.  but a few of them, before telling me their price ASKED for my budget, and when i told them, i never heard from them again!  i figured it was safe to assume i could not afford them so i didn’t care!

i also don’t think its that bad for them not to reply.  i can imagine they get tons of emails, so why waste time replying to every single one when it wont even bring them a chance of getting more business.  seems fine to me.

Post # 15
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Busy Beekeeper

i never told photogs my budget when i sent the first email. i wanted their prices first.  but a few of them, before telling me their price ASKED for my budget, and when i told them, i never heard from them again!  i figured it was safe to assume i could not afford them so i didn’t care!

i also don’t think its that bad for them not to reply.  i can imagine they get tons of emails, so why waste time replying to every single one when it wont even bring them a chance of getting more business.  seems fine to me.  i wouldn’t be put off by it either.  like say in the future i need a photog for something and i have more money to spend, their lack of reply would not prevent me from contacting them again…..probably cuz i didn’t remmeber. i sent so many emails to vendors, i don’t even remember who replied and who didn’t.  

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