- 4 years ago
What about forgoing engagement pictures?
What about forgoing engagement pictures?
Where are you located? I used thumbtack because all of the quotes I had seen around town were 2000 and higher and I got quotes from 500-800. Its worth a shot. BUt like everyone else has said I would ask her to hold her quote. You never know she may do that or may even work with you make split it in the middle.
I know you’re really upset, and understandibly so, but it sounds like this is a blessing in disguise. The photographer seems ridiculously unprofessional and who knows how much stress she would have ended up causing you down the line. Wedding planning is already such a stressful time you really don’t need to hire a vendor that won’t return your calls or contact you when necessary. I would put out a message on Facebook asking if anyone knows any budding photographers looking to build their portfolios. You should be able to find some new photography graduates or photography assistants who would photograph your wedding within your budget.
Good luck, Bee!
I think you are getting stuck on how much you love her work, but trust me, she is not the only decent photographer out there. What is it that you love about her work?
I’m also joining PP who are alarmed by her manner and the way she blew you off until she upped her prices. This and the sudden sabbatical make me think something happened that she is reacting to, but that’s neither here nor there.
Tinatiny1: Something did happen. Which is why I was more than understanding of her hiatus. And that doesn’t bother me. It’s that she’s supposedly held my date, know I’m ready to sign a contract, but wouldn’t meet with me. It makes me think she knew she was going to do this.
ClaudiaKishi: Unfortunately I need pictures ASAP. I lucked out getting a free 8×11 shutterfly book (worth about 40 bucks). And it expires at the end of next month. I was planning on using it for the guestbook as I can get it shipped for about 10 dollars.
I will try and talk to her and see if she will honor her original price. Even if it means cutting back the hours. Would it be acceptable to blanketly ask for quotes from a bunch of photographers. Even if their “starting” price is somewhat higher than what we have budgeted? Everything else I have looked up so far starts at about $1100.
I came home and arranged my bouquet (silk/fake flowers). That made me feel alot better. 🙂
You want a photographer who will communicate openly with you. I would ask her to honor her original quote since you had been trying to get her to sign the contract. If she refuses, I would consider walking away, unfortunately. I do understand her raising her rates, especially since they were so low, but to refuse to sign contracts in-between isn’t right.
Something similar happened to me (well, the photog just fell off the face of the earth while we were trying to book a contract signing date). This happened less than 2 months before the wedding.
After ranting about it on the Bee, I contacted around 9 photographers (based on Google searches) that were decent saying that I have a budget of $X and can they do anything for that price. 5 were already booked. 3 responded immediately, 1 was too expensive. I was wowed by one and her prices were great. A few days later I signed a contract with a wonderful, talented, communicative photographer. So, contact you photographer to ask if you can get the original price. Also contact a bunch of photographers in your area. You’ll find someone!
shutto: It can’t hurt to ask her if she’ll honor the old prices. If she won’t, you’re better off knowing how she operates now before being locked in with her. I’m sure you can still find someone good who can take your pictures at your price point. There are SO many photographers out there!
As for the free shutterfly book, they have coupon codes for free photo books all the time. If you just wait a bit, another one will come along.
Ask photographers whose work you like. They may have an open day they would like to book or they may know someone.I found a photographer we loved, but when I called he was way out of our price range. I thanked him for his time and said I understood that his great photos justified the price, but that I didn’t have the budget. He kindly asked my budget and made some calls. A great photographer, looking to do more weddings had our day open. 🙂
Well bees, I wanted to update yall! I contacted several photographers around the area. I normally don’t contact those without posted prices because I assumed they were insanely expensive. I contacted one and instead of giving me her prices, she asked about my wedding and budget. So I explained briefly what had happen and that I knew our photography budget (around 500) was really small so I completely understood that she might be out of our means and that we’d completely understand. To my amazement, she messaged me back saying that she would definitely work with our budget! She was so sweet and understanding. And if all looks good, we’re signing a contract with her next week! She even is letting us pay a smaller deposit and pay the rest when we can before the wedding. Fiance has a truck note that will be done in october, so we plan to pay in full by December then save for those last minute costs. I seriously cried, I feel so relieved. Her communication is AMAZING. And I’m so glad to be away from the previous photographer, she was making me so nervous. And I’m so glad to have the last big thing on my list pretty much checked off! Thank you bees for your advice and support! So glad to have a happy ending!
Yea! So happy that you have stress off your shoulders!
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