calling all photographers! traveling costs?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: where to hire a photographer
    where you live so that you can meet first...despite extra cost : (2 votes)
    25 %
    where you live. . . there is no extra cost for traveling : (1 votes)
    13 %
    where the wedding will be, you will save $ : (5 votes)
    63 %
    where the wedding will be. . . it's nicer. : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2013 - Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

    Our photographer is from Atlanta GA, where our wedding is, since we figured that would be the best plan. He actually flew out to San Antonio TX,  where we live, to shoot our engagement photos free of charge. It probably depends on the photographer, but you won’y know unless you ask.

    Post # 4
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    Travel fees will vary from one photographer to another. There are some where I live that will charge for anything over x miles away or x hours away. I don’t do weddings but I have travelled up to two hours away at no cost for portrait sessions. This is a question that should be mentioned in your very first email when looking. Honestly, if you find a photographer near your venue you could always skype with them to get a feel for their personality or you could drive to them for an e-session so you can work with them prior to your wedding. 

    Post # 5
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    344 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I am in canada but I charge .50/km and a $200.00 hotel fee per night I need to be away. 

    Post # 6
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    Our girl (Cassidy Carson Photography) she’s incredible and you can see her stuff on my page from our engagement shoot, she’s very affordable. She also was telling us the other day that people always assume she is a fortune to travel but she barely chtravels travel fee to keep it affordable. You could check her out. I’m not sure of your budget, but she was very affordable and her pictures are true pieces of work. 

    Post # 8
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @Quickiebee:  Travel is going to vary from photographer to photographer. I don’t think that’s going to be the kind of savings you’re looking for. Also I just want to say that photographers work just as hard and theirexpenses are exactly the same for a weekday wedding vs a Saturday wedding. I wish photographers would stop giving arbitrary discounts based on days of the week – it devalues what we do. I personally charge the same rate no matter what day a wedding is – my effort and time invested in editing is identical so I don’t think I should be paid less. 

    Post # 9
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    I’m not a photographer, but here is my experience as a bride-to-be.  We’re getting married in a small town in the middle of nowhere.  There is one professional photographer there, and we know another one who’s originally from there but lives several states away.  Her work is AMAZING, so we hired her and are paying her standard $500 travel fee.

    As for negotiating, I don’t think it can hurt.  What I did was to say that we had a tight budget and that we were deciding between the two.  The other one had the same package for $500 less – is there anyway she could meet that price?  She agreed, yay!  Doesn’t hurt to try, as long as you’re not obviously trying to nickel and dime them…

    Post # 10
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2006

    We’ve had clients who live in different cities hire us to shoot their wedding in a third location that neither of us lived in.  We travel a lot for weddings, and we also get hired by a lot of people doing destination weddings in our city.  So there is really no definitive answer as to what to do – the main thing is to find someone whose work you love.  We sometimes make our travel expenses inclusive to our booking price, and sometimes our clients use their miles or their connections to help with the expense.  It’s very situationally dependent. The main point to make is that most photographers like traveling and working in new environments.  I’m always surprised to hear the statement that a photographer didn’t want to travel.

    Also if you live in an expensive metropolitan area like NYC, Boston, Chicago, etc you may find that you can get a really awesome photographer to fly in to shoot the wedding for about the same as you might hire a local one despite travel costs.  It can all depend!

    Post # 11
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Traval will really depend on each photographer, and the distance.

    I genearlly will shoot anything within 1.5 hours of me with no travel fee. I live in a resort area and while it’s still all considered our area, it can be a bit spread out. If someone wants me to travel more than 1.5 hours, I charge a travel fee.

    That being said, if it’s an awesome location that I really want to shoot in (like NYC, or a destination wedding) I would eat the travel. It really just depends on the situation. Most important is to find a photographer you like. When you inquire with them, let them know the location of your wedding and ask if they have any travel fees. 

    Post # 12
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @mariematt:  +1. I *hate* seeing people give week-day discounts. My cost of doing business is no less because it’s a weekday. I know some photographers see it as “well, I wouldn’t have been making that kind of money to not book it so it’s better to do it as a discount”. I guess that’s fine if they’re okay with it, but it definitely can hurt the rest of us. That being said, I live in a resort area where weekday weddings are popular, and so very few photographers give a discount for it.

    Post # 13
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    Agreed with some other posters. Its all going to depend.

    I dont charge for travel if its 2 hours or less. If its two hours I’ll require a night of lodging though. Certain areas Id charge for travel but no lodging. If I travel to NYC/NNJ I have a free place to stay but Id charge some mileage. (NYC is 4 hours from me, I service there) Some places Id eat the fees because I want to because of location.

    Just talk to the photographer, many of us travel certainly within 4/5 hours. Always check within a few hours from a major city as rates are usually less if your budget is tight and want a quality pro. My rates + travel for full coverage would be cheaper than most NYC photographers for the same coverage/quality. And Im not “cheap” for my area.

    Post # 14
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2006

    @starfish0116:  I hate seeing photographers eat the travel just because they want to shoot someplaces they never have.  It basically boils down to working for free – which I’m against.  I think that’s way worse than discounting a weekday or off season event.  

    Post # 16
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    Newbee

    thanks so much for all the help.

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