(Closed) Change Photographer less than 40 days before wedding?

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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458 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Yikes!  While it’s kinda scary to me to imagine switching my photographer so close to the wedding, I think you should go ahead and do it.  $1000 an image?  Are they embossed in gold?  That’s a little silly.  Getting the rights to the images is really important to me too — I chose a more expensive package just so I could get the rights to both my e-pics and wedding photos.   I can’t really wrap my head around the fact that she doesn’t release the rights to her photos AT ALL.  If your boudoir photographer is available and you’re happy with the images she’s provided thus far, I say go with another photographer!

Post # 5
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563 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Not having the rights to the pictures would be a dealbreaker for me.  To put it in perspective, my photographer is much more expensive than yours and the rights to all of the wedding pictures cost $500 – or are free with the purchase of a wedding album.  You really don’t want to be resentful of your photographer on your wedding day since she will be with you every moment.  I would research the alternatives and if you are comfortable with another photograper, make the switch.  Did you like the boudoir pictures?  Does that photographer have experience shooting weddings?  When you interview photographers, try to make sure that you look at whole albums they have shot since even a mediocre photographer will take the occassional good picture – especially with a 1,000 digital images and photoshop.  Good luck!

Post # 6
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86 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I would in a heart beat if they will cooperate with you in terms of the digital photos you are after. 1,000$ per digitial image is absolutly unreasonable! I’m not sure how she stays in business at those prices.  I have seen photographers charge steep fees for digitals before around 1,000$ but it was for ALL of them not PER PHOTO.  EEEK!

Post # 7
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952 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I would dump her. $1,000 an image is INSANE. Since your other photographer is available on your date, I’d say that’s fate’s way of telling you to get rid of her!

Post # 8
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2030 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

If she is being this unreasonable now, what is she going to be like AFTER she has your money? I think you should eat the deposit and change photographers. If you can’t ever afford to GET your wedding photos, what good are they?

Post # 9
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82 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I would dump her, def not worth the stress! I am getting all the rights for my photos included in the price I paid for my photographer, which was a little more that $1,200.00 and she is WONDERFUL! Fate is telling you to move on and it sounds like you have a "Plan B" and a "Plan C" to choose from.  Good luck!

Post # 10
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209 posts
Helper bee

Dump her. 

1. Over 3k package that doesn’t give at the least limited rights for personal use and personal distribution.

2. $1000 for an electronic version

 That is an utterly rediculous business plan.   Even high end photographers whom I know and are friends with, though charge 5k, offer the limited rights and affordable print options!  

Post # 11
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458 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’ve been following this post and I really hope you do decide to change!  Ten years from now, the photographs will one of the best keepsakes from your wedding.  This woman, your "friend," is crazy.  A la carte, the printing rights to BOTH our enagement photos and all wedding photos is only $1500.

Post # 13
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209 posts
Helper bee

Whoa!!!  Friend’s Mother in Law!!  Well at least you got that off your chest!!  you can breathe so much easier now!

Post # 14
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137 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

we had a similar problem, except our friend showed up to our eshoot 2 hours late and was not open to our suggestions.

 I would eat the $300 deposit and go with someone who will work with you and your budget.

Post # 15
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135 posts
Blushing bee

I agree with Bunnylove08. Forget about the $300 you put down and go for someone who’s open to working with you on what you want. There are a lot of photographers out there, I’m sure you’ll find one that’s available..and one that you’ll like even if it’s just a month out from your wedding. Best of luck!

Post # 16
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79 posts
Worker bee

lol

 

1000 bucks per image

 

lol

 

theres some crazy people out there

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