Post # 1
so I found a fantastic photographer who’s just starting out and only cost $500!! Being on a very tight budget, you cannot even imagine how excited I was. So she sent me a contract and I just got it last night. Except at the very bottom, she adds on an additional $100 for CD, and than a $300 travel fee. Her advertised $500 price tag is now almost double at $900!
the distance from the city where she lives and the town my wedding is at is about a 40 min drive. I drive it everyday and it only cost $15 gas round trip. She claims to need a rental car as well. But isn’t $300 a bit excessive? Or am I just being crazy?
Post # 3
I think, overall, for the price, if you are happy with this photographers work, you should book her. Travel costs could entail a hotel (if your wedding runs late-night) or baby sitter as well as the rental car and getting paid for her travel time. $900 seems like a really good deal, and the $100 for a CD Is pretty good, as long as its all the images.
Post # 4
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
OMG, that’s definitely crazy. She should be charging mileage ($0.55/mile) for that trip, not some overexaggerated fee.
If she’s just starting out maybe she doesn’t know how ridiculous this is, you might try talking to her about it and offer to pay mileage. She should have her own vehicle to drive, no one else gets paid to drive their behinds to work! It’s part of making money!
Post # 5
Are travel fees common in your area? I had a number of conversations with photographers in my county and in nearby counties (with longer/further drives than this) and no one did a travel fee. Granted, I had other vendors (e.g. MUA) that said they do charge travel fees and it was clearly stated up front with the math broken down for x, y and z.
That said, I didn’t work with any vendors that charged an extra travel fee. I had some from neighboring counties, but no one charged extra for the travel (or told me about it).
Would you feel differently if she charged $900 up front for “everything” so you don’t feel like you are being nickeled and dimed?
Post # 6
If you are happy with her work, I would just go with it. $900 is still a great deal.
Post # 7
What time will you need her til? How many hours will you need her total? Maybe it inludes a hotel room since it’ll be really late a night??? It wouldn’t hurt to ask her what the travel fee covers exactly.
Post # 8
I’d be concerned – not because I think the travel fee is insane, but compared to her prices it is. I’d be concerned with her quality of work based on the $500 alone, but the fact she feels the travel is worth $300 and her time and pics are only $500 is kind of a red flag. $100 is a steal for a cd of wedding images. I’d ask for some customer reviews and do some research – smells a little bit scammy to me.
Post # 9
I think the bottom line is, she has a right to choose whatever she wants for whatever she wants and you have the choice to book her or not. (Although, I would have hoped she was a bit more up front about the extra costs).
Another thing you need to keep in mind is that photographers who charge more can absorb more of the cost of travel because they’re actually making a profit. $500 is like, nothing, to shoot a wedding. It very well might actually be a loss because she is trying to build her portfolio. So if she has to travel (lets say an hour if she lives on the far side of town) an hour each way + gas, yea maybe $300 is a lot but over all she is still cheap.
If she is a good photographer and you’re happy with her photos, $900 seems like a steal. But ultimately you have to be comfortable with what you’re paying.
Post # 10
@MrsWBS: I’d agree generally but it is possible. Mostly because I”m kinda doing the same thing. I’ve been second-shooting weddings for over a year building my portfolio and I am finally ready to start taking my own weddings, but getting your first couple is HARD. Who is going to book a photograher for $2k who has never shot a solo wedding before? Yea. No one. lol. So I am currently doing $600 for my base packages (which include CD) for the first couple weddings just so someone will take a chance on me! As soon as I have 2-3 weddings under my belt pop right up to normal pricing.
Post # 11
Shooting a wedding for $900 is pretty much zero profit if the photographer is taking time to edit the photos. If this person has talent and is professional then I don’t think you can complain much. The pricing has been disclosed to you before the contract has been signed, so it’s up to you as to whether or not you want to pay her rate.
Post # 12
My photographer travels up to 40 miles for free, then it’s $1 per mile, unless she has to fly/stay overnight. Her most basic package is $600, which includes 200 retouched images on DVD. I live in the southern US though, so I’m not sure how different prices are up in your area. I’ve heard that places like NYC and Boston can be really pricey. Your best bet is to keep this one on the back burner and keep shopping. Best of luck.
Post # 13
I have another issue…if you do not get a cd, how does the photographer plan to give you your pictures?
Post # 14
@miss_n_hope: They print a specific number out as part of their package, and then charge you for any additional ones. Just because they give you the digital images doesn’t mean that you are at liberty to use them for anything other than personal use. So no loading them to the web without permission, no having them published in a magazine, anything like that. They don’t just operate the camera, touch them up and then give you their complete work-product.