Post # 1
….Meaning do you need to book them way in advance?
Do the require full payment or 50% down?
I still don’t know what I’m looking for in a photographer.
For some reason this is the scariest decision of all for me and IDK when we are going to have the $ to hire them.
Did any of you hire your photographers last minute?
Post # 3
I think that yes, you do need to book them quite far in advance. I’ve already booked mine for August. Mine don’t require a down payment until a few months out though with full payment on the day.
Post # 4
I’m signing my contract with mine shortly for my late June wedding. She already has the date blocked on her calendar though.
I contacted a number of photographers and many were already booked for my date. I am getting married in a major city in which summer only lasts a few months though, so I imagine my date is very popular.
Post # 5
Yeah, our photographer was the second thing we booked. We put down a $500 deposit to save the date. You don’t have to pay in full or anything, and the deposit will vary based on photographer and packages, etc.
You can’t really wait if you want your date to be available, if photography is important to you.
Post # 6
Oh man! It looks like I could be in trouble since my wedding is in 6 months and on a Saturday during a peak wedding month for AZ.
Post # 7
@luvmyDwight: I would definitely try and find someone soon. Maybe they could work out a payment plan with you for the deposit or something.
Post # 8
@luvmyDwight: Yes you need to hire someone now. anything closer than 6 months is a gamble – I was completely booked for April and May 2012 three months ago.
Post # 9
I book usually 10-14 months in advance. Especially for May to October. I require 1/3 down.
I would definitely book ASAP. Speaking from me though I still have a few April dates. I think someone should. May is usually the BLOWN up month!
Post # 10
I think you’ll always be able to find a photographer, even last minute… It just might not be a great one! but if you’re not sure you’ll have the money for one, I’m going to go against the grain and recommend that you NOT make a hasty decision in booking one that you realize later you can’t afford!
Post # 11
I had to put 50% down when I booked and 50% 2 weeks before the wedding.
I tried looking a year out and 90% of the best photographers were already booked solid.
Post # 12
Our photographers were the very first things we booked after our venue. Photographers book fast, and since good photography was a high priority for us, we wanted to make sure we got our first pick.
We have our charges broken up into four or five equalish payments. We put the first bit down when we booked, and the last one is due two weeks before the wedding.
Post # 13
- Wedding: December 2019 - Paris, France
Our photographers were the first thing we booked.. everything else was second (including our venue! eeek). Actually.. we booked our chapel first.. but that was free and done years ago lol! Anywho, I have a very popular date so I needed to book wayyyyyyyyyy in advanced. We put half down.. and will be paying another 500 at our eshoot.. and the rest I believe is on the day of.
Post # 14
@luvmyDwight: We paid an initial deposit and the rest two weeks prior. I booked in May 2010 for a June 2011 wedding and my first two choices were already booked at that point. I would definitely get going on that ASAP. April can be a pretty popular month and I would hate for you to end up with a photographer you don’t love because everyone else is booked!