Post # 1
Ok so i know this sounds a little silly… but back in May 2009 my then Boyfriend or Best Friend and I traveled to Mexico for a destination wedding. The day of the wedding the photographers had pictures up of the day at the reception and I fell IN LOVE with them. Borderline obsessive. Ok not borderline… full blown obsessed. I have their blog saved on my favorites bar, they are friends with me on FB and I see updates when they update their blog… and well its slightly a problem according to my FH. Since my whole family was around when my FH proposed… these photographers were like the first people I contacted. However, now that theyve sent me their price list including travel expenses since they are out of state… its WAY above what we can afford… Ive looked at other photographers.. A MILLION of them… and not a single one provokes the same emtion in me that these people do… Now they are e-mailing me to set up an engagement session and I havent responded… I feel like im cheating and I dont want to have to tell them we cant use them… and I totally feel like im cheating on them 🙁 what to do what to do!
Post # 3
I would just e-mail them back and say that as much as you adore them, they’re out of your price range. It doesn’t hurt to ask if there’s anything they can do with the price, but if not, keep looking.
Post # 4
I 100% agree with Miss Chapstick! Ask if they can work with you on the price since you love their work so much! You never know!
Post # 5
I went through that type of situation recently when I was searching for photographers. I emailed a few and the one liked was way out of my price range so I just emailed them back thanking them for their time and let them know that as much as I loved their work, unfortunately they were just not within our budget at this time.
However, I also had a photographer who I absolutely loved and hoped to be my photographer and was devastated that they were way out of our budget. But I decided to skimp on some other details and go way over budget on photography because I loved them that much. We booked them and I couldn’t be happier so I’d try to see if theres any way to make the budget work first.
Post # 6
See if there is any way they will drop their price—cut the engagement session (nice, but really not necessary), get fewer prints, no albums, lower-res for the digital negatives, etc.
Post # 7
Also, as summerbride12 said, you could always cut back drastically on other things if you really want this photographer. First, I’d see if they can do something with their prices for you. Then see if you can cut out favors, have one small cake to cut, and get sheet cakes for the guests, buy a dress online used, etc. There are so many ways to cut costs.
I think photographer is the one vendor I will always say to splurge on. After the wedding day, he photos are all you have. Just how much to splurge, though is up to you.
Post # 8
I would be honest – tell them you love them and would adore to hire them but the price is too much. See about maybe cutting the engagement and any other sessions (boudair, portrait etc) to just hire them for the wedding. What about cutting to just a single photographer or editing the photos yourself. Maybe you could negociate on travel expenses.
If all else fails ask them for recommendations. It seems like cheating but most times they know other people in the business who they’d love to recommend! Tell them you’ll keep them in mind for future business (maternity, baby, family, graduation etc).
Post # 9
All great Ideas guys… unfortunately we blew 70% our budget on our venue already… and it includes the cake etc and were skimping just to have that… To include this photographer would be the rest of the budget… sooo sad, just emailed them… hoping she comes back with something they can do… like lower their travel expenses cuz they are definitely not at cost…
Post # 10
It’s hard – I had the same situation. I’d been following these photographers that a friend showed me and I loved them. But even with them reducing some of their travel fees…it just didn’t seem feasible. Which was stinky! But I also am relishing in the fact that I will have someone local – I don’t have to stress about where/when the photographers are or if their flight is late or if my family is responsible for picking them up at the airport. I also have someone who is familiar with the area, has shot at our venue before, and knows many people in the local industry. So there are definitely some perks to having someone local!
Post # 11
Fingers crossed she can work something out for you!
Keep us posted 🙂
Post # 12
This is a really random thought but I use this site as a network to get models and network with my clients. I know that not all are wedding phoographers but there are some. You might be able to search on there and find other respectable wedding or fashion photographers (fashion photographers will usually do weddings on the side because the industry can be hard at times. I know I do weddings on occassion to pay off credit cards and what not) that are suitable for your engagement/wedding photos. http://www.modelmayhem.com
oh and as for the search you can easily search for photographers in your area on there. 🙂 best of luck
Post # 13
I was in sort of a similar situation as you. I found a local photographer that I fell in LOVE with when I first got engaged. I got a price list and went into mental shut down when I saw how much she cost…. not that she isn’t worth it- in my opinion she definetly is… but i pretty much chalked it up as a dream. I still stalked her site, and continued falling more and more in love with her work. Every picture she takes is like a piece of art… you feel all the emotion and feel connected to the people even though you don’t know them at all. I looked at other photographers in my area and nothing wowed me… nothing even remotely peaked my interest and it was heart breaking.
I sat down with my future hubby and explained the dilemia, we looked at her site together and then searched for others and he pretty much agreed that she put everyone else to shame. We went back and forth over pros and cons, and ultimately decided to book her because pictures are the one thing you have forever. Think about it… no one remembers your favors or invitations or centerpieces BUT after that day is over you will always have your photographs.
I feel like I should include some of her work so you can see her magic! Get ready to swoon! <3 I can not wait to work with her! Engagement pictures 1 month and counting!
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