(Closed) Asking for a lower price…

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
1071 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@LadyMoriarty:  What I found is, it is best to just tell the photographer your budget and ask what they can do for you for the price.  I don’t know if having a smaller wedding actually means less work for the photographer.  I got my dream photographer for $1200 less than his lowest priced package because I told him, this is my budget, what can you do for me.

Post # 4
9575 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I don’t really think the location or number of guests should have anything to do with it.  Most people don’t require (or want) a photo with every guest.  I think it really depends on the hours you are wanting. 

If you want them there all day or for 10 hours taking pictures…you should pay more.  If you want to save some money and have a small guest list why not just ask for a photographer to give you 3-4 hours of time or something?  3-4 hours equals less time, less pictures, less editing.

Post # 7
1572 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

While I think size should have at least a little to do with it, I agree that the number of hours is likely to be more important. I’m dealing w/ your situation right now – emailing and calling photographers to see what they can offer. One photog I really like… all of her packages are a minimum of 8 hours. We’re eloping. I’m not sure what we’d do w/ 8 hours – maybe take her to lunch and get to know her? When I emailed her, I let her know that I don’t need her for 8 hours and that it’s eloping (so, there’s actually NO guests to deal w/), then I included my budget.

Post # 8
2556 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

The worst that can happen is that they say no.  I’m not afraid to try to bargain, but there’s a tactful way to do it, I think.  When I first met my photographer, I asked her to waive her travel fee since my ceremony/reception were located in the same place (and, she did even though she has to travel about 30 miles from her studio) and I also asked her to waive her “booking” fee if I paid in full at the time of the contract signing.  She tacks a booking fee onto every client that doesn’t really go anywhere.  Really, she just pockets it (which is fine, I respect that… it’s her own business).  She actually ended up waiving both fees (she’s super sweet!).  I probably would’ve booked her even if she said no (she was actually within my photography budget to beging with), but I figured I could try to save a few bucks from the get-go!

Post # 9
4771 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

your resoning is illigical – web designer makes 1 page isntead of 6, makes sense

photographer makes for example 300 photos edited for small or large wedding.  so unless the photogs package is like 12 hours shooting and 300 photos and you say we only want 6 hours shooting and 150 phots then you have a case, but size of wedding is not equal to how much a photog works.

Post # 10
263 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

The reasoning for the web designer you posted doesn’t work for wedding photography. It’s not the same thing. I don’t know what kind of style you want, but for a photojournalist, it’s really hard to be invisible with only 30-40 guests. It makes our work even harder, than with a 150+ guests. The amount of editing is the same, the time and effort is the same. The best thing to do in your situation is to approach a photographer whose work you love, and tell them the following:




I’m _____, I’m getting married on ________ at ____________. My fiancé and I really love your work, it is beautiful, and it’s the style we are looking for our wedding. Our budget is $$$, and I would need about 6 hours of photography. Would it be possible to customize a package to fit my budget?

Thank you for your time, and I look forward to hear from you.”

This lets the photographer know you are serious, you are pursuing them for their work, and not their prices, and you are not technically asking for a discount. The photographer is more likely to reply positively, with pricing options.

Post # 12
263 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Just to clarify: It’s OK to ask for a lower price, if you want less things. Like removing extras. It’s not OK to ask a discount simply because you don’t want to pay full price.

Not that you are doing that… I’m just saying.

Post # 14
10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Most of what you are paying for is the time spent editing, which does not depend on guest # or how much they are running around. I honestly don’t think you’ve got a leg to stand on here.

Post # 16
622 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Agreed with other bees. The guest count doesn’t effect the amount of effort I put in. It doesn’t mean I’m on my feet less, or taking less photos, or spending less time editing. I’m taking the same amount of photos, they just have a lot of the same people in them. If you want to be charged less you have to expect less tangible work from your photographer.

As an aside for other bees who expect photographers to charge less on days other than Saturday . . . day of the week doesn’t effect these things either. πŸ˜‰

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