(Closed) Can you haggle with photographers?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Should I try to hint at a haggle?
    Do it! : (11 votes)
    92 %
    Don't do it! : (1 votes)
    8 %
    Other (explain below) : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    Member
    688 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I would not call it haggle but negotiate…I saw this one photographer and she wanted 4500 but offered to take 500 off. I did not go with her but she was willing to work with me and she is well known.

    Post # 4
    Member
    705 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    The worst she can say is no–why not give it a shot?

     

    “Photographer, 

    I wanted to start off by saying how much I love your work.  You are quite literally my dream photographer.  I am planning a wedding for <Date> and would love to hire you.  That said, your services are a bit out of my budget, which is X.  Is there any way we can work out a package that will fit inside or be closer to that amount?  If not, do you have any associates who would be within my budget that you would recommend?  Thank you so much for your time!

    Sincerely, 

    curse10kaia”

    Post # 5
    Member
    3981 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    We did… well… kinda. We explained to them that we loved their work and style and that we really wanted to go with them but they were slightly out of our budget. Even if we did take off the album like we had discussed. They came back later with a grand knocked off their price because they loved us and really wanted to work it us. And when we told them where our venue was they said that if we had lead with that they would have knocked off some money just to be able to photograph there! I didn’t go in purposefully trying to get any money taken off. But that was just how it worked out!

    Post # 6
    Member
    1429 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    My photographers sent me a quote and tax was included that added up to over $200. I wrote back saying I didn’t figure in taxes and I am over budget as it is. They wrote back saying they would cover the tax! 🙂

    Post # 7
    Member
    7777 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    We totally did. We ended up getting an absolutely amazing, killer deal too. They took about $3000 off of their deal because they really liked me and my style and they were trying to break into a more offbeat market at the time. They now use my wedding photos at every promotional event they do.

    As for how to approach it, go in knowing what you want and how much you can spend. Just say “Hey, I really love your work and I would really love for you to shoot my wedding but your price is a little out of my budget. What can we do?” If they’re offering a package that includes some things you don’t want (e-pics, cd, album, extra prints, etc) just ask if they would be willing to cut out those services for an equal reduction in price.

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