Post # 1
Hi everyone, I’m trying to plan our wedding and it occured to me that I would try to “trade” with other vendors for free or discounted services. I’m a budding photographer; I have done some events, portraits sessions, and just booked my first wedding that I will be the main photographer. I’m just wondering what your thoughts are, or if some of you have done this before and wanted to share your experience? Is it bad taste to approach a vendor asking to barter? I realize it can be complicated but can’t it be done with a contract? Thanks for any feedback.
Post # 3
@Orionpkmyz: Honestly, there’s not harm in trying, after all the worst they can say is, “No.” but you can’t swing a cat without hitting a freelance photographer and since it isn’t really an apples to apples trade…I don’t see how they could make that work if they have overhead and supplies to purchase with nothing more than a photographer in their back pocket…plus, contract or no, you could always welch on your end, leaving them no recourse but to sue for recovery.
Post # 4
what other skills do you have? when you’re at the top of your game photography wise that is a barterable skill, but as a novice it is a lot harder to do
also thinks like marketing are a more barterable skill.
Post # 5
@Orionpkmyz: I say go for it! I did this with our wedding and wound up saving a bunch of money. Granted, we wound up eloping, but we still got a free cake and officiant services out of it.
Post # 6
Thanks all for your replies. You’ve given me something to think about. Obviously I should approach those vendors who are also starting out like myself, and not big established top tier vendors. Maybe a florist whose photos were taken from the 90s, or a DJ who needs new headshot. (In my search for venues I’ve come upon so many websites with really terrible pictures that don’t do their sites justice!) I guess only the vendors can determine if my photographic skill is worth giving me a discount. I have an online portfolio but not sure if I’m allowed or should post here.
Post # 7
I would approach the situation very delicately. It’s hard to tell someone you think they need new photos, and btw, wanna give me free stuff?
Post # 8
I say go for it! I love bartering. The worst they can do is say no! I agree you want to do it without saying they have awful pictures. Maybe something like “Well in the past I’ve traded such-and-such service for updating their pictures on their website or creating a photo layout for their advertising. Is there anything like that which would be beneficial for you?”
Post # 9
Okay, maybe I should emphasize the word discount, not free.
Thanks @JenGirl for the wording!