(Closed) Discounts for a certain demographic.

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

It doesn’t bother me. I see it as the photogs wanting to get more original/non traditional photos for their portfolio. No offence to the tall, size 4, blonde bride but we’ve all seen that before. Give me a curvy girl with tattoos and a retro style and I’ll eat that right up.

Also offbeat/tattooed brides are pretty big on the internet right now so maybe they want to cash in on that? 

ETA: Answering your question at the end, I’ve never seen that type of discount before. But I’m in small town Ontario so that’s probably why.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I’m pretty sure we got a discount for being a same-sex couple.  The photographer was based in Massachusetts and just starting his business, and wanted his online portfolio to reflect his willingness to shoot same-sex weddings.

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Most often it’s because they want to use pictures of that particular “style” of bride for a portfolio, and people are more willing to let their pics be shared if they got a discount.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’d assume it’s because they’re wanting to expand their portfolio – so they’re willing to offer a discount so they can show a range of work.

I’m a designer and there are some projects that I would do for low or no cost just to get a chance to work on them and have them in my book. So from an artist’s perspective I think it’s totally fine.

Post # 7
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Helper bee

From a photographer’s perspective. I don’t advertise or solicit certain types for discounts, but am more likely to volunteer a discount if there is something particularly interesting/unique about your event that makes it seem like it would be a good addition to my portfolio. Especially if there’s some aspect of your event that is not currently shown in my portfolio. Currently, id be likely to discount really elaborate themes (i would kill to do a film noir/1920’s style wedding) or a same sex wedding, just because i dont have any weddings like this in my portfolio. Im sure that photographer just has an idea perhaps, of a specific demographic that they would really like to work with and is offering a discount just to get started.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

When I was doing research for wedding photographers, I came across one who provided discounts for same sex couples I guess as a compensation (not the right word, he phrased it better) for the unfairness of lack of marriage equality.  I thought that was really awesome.  🙂

So, I guess for OTHER situations…that’s fine for the photographer.  If people find it weird, they don’t have to hire them.  🙂

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I have personally offered discounts to certain people in order to build my portfolio, that’s most likely the reasoning behind the ad you found.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

I see why photogs do it. I’m not sure of the legality of it, however. You can’t discriminate for any protected reasons, such as age, sex, race, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, etc.

So to me, I wouldn’t touch specific discounts with a ten-foot pole. There’s too much leeway for someone to be offended. I wouldn’t say “Hindu weddings are discounted,” for example, because that discriminates against Jewish, Christian, or civil ceremonies.

Now, if someone came to me and wanted a discount for say, a Hindu wedding or a same sex wedding, I *might* discount because I have never done one and don’t have that experience. I wouldn’t be discounting because of their sexual orientation or religion, but because of my inexperience.

Other than that, I believe in fairness in pricing for my brides. Feelings will be hurt if Sally finds out that Jenny got services for 20%. She might think “What, she doesn’t want to do my wedding as much? My wedding won’t be as blog-able?”

I don’t personally do things to fill my portfolio. I love every wedding and figure that my portfolio will be flushed out in time.

If you are going to discount, it would be fairer to discount for everyone across the board than a big discount for one couple?

Just my two cents worth!

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

“I’m not sure of the legality of it, however. You can’t discriminate for any protected reasons, such as age, sex, race, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, etc.”

Those laws don’t exactly pertain to people’s business services offered to others. A business has the right to refuse service to anyone.

Military frequently gets discounts at places, that doesn’t mean that non-military is discriminated against. Same with senior citizen discounts, doesn’t mean younger people are disciminated against.

The dicrimination laws pertain mainly to hiring practices, protected rights, etc.

 

 

As for me, my photographer is flying to my destination wedding and not charging extra for doing 2 days of wedding photography (wedding and reception are a month apart and even in different states) because he’s working on his destination/beach wedding portfolio. I’m paying the same that a local wedding and reception on the same day bride would for the same package.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

They probably want to expand their portfolio, so they’re offering discounts to the clientele in question. I guess I’m fine with it. I paid full price for my photographer. She wanted to shoot more black brides because almost all of her clients were white. Technically I got “special treatment” because she wasn’t taking any brides for the month of July.. but was willing to work for me. But another reason for that is we are acquaintances and I have been following her work for over two years! I met with her before I was even engaged to see about her shooting my wedding. This is a different situation, but maybe comparable? I dunno.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@Miss Tattoo: I think you answered your own question here:

“These photographers have been featured on this website, offbeatbride.com, Rock ‘n Roll Bride, The Gothic Bride, Eco Bride, Theknot.com, and some other sites.*”

I don’t think it’s a portfolio thing, necessarily, but what I do think is that the photographers are looking for wedddings that have a high likelihood of being featured on wedding blogs should they submit them afterwards.

Sad to say, the ONLY weddings getting featured on blogs these days pretty much fall into the categories above. Wedding blogs dont seem to want anything to do with classic weddings or non-vintage photography, so photographers are forced to go looking for off-beat or vintage brides if they want any chance of being featured.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

@abbyful:

“I’m not sure of the legality of it, however. You can’t discriminate for any protected reasons, such as age, sex, race, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, etc.”

Those laws don’t exactly pertain to people’s business services offered to others. A business has the right to refuse service to anyone.

Military frequently gets discounts at places, that doesn’t mean that non-military is discriminated against. Same with senior citizen discounts, doesn’t mean younger people are disciminated against.

The dicrimination laws pertain mainly to hiring practices, protected rights, etc.”

 

As a member of PPA, I recently read an article where a photographer was sued and lost because she said no to a same-sex wedding because of her beliefs. The ruling has been upheld on appeal-it is illegal to refuse service to a couple because they are a same sex couple. You can’t refuse to photograph weddings of a certain religion or a certain race of people. That is discrimination.

Being young is not a protected class of people, nor is being non-military. So those discounts are fine and legal. But offering a discount to a certain nationality or religion (20% off Hindu weddings or $500 off Italian weddings) and not to others could be seen as discrimination.

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