(Closed) Extremely Upset Bee :(

posted 4 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 16
4244 posts
Honey bee

What about forgoing engagement pictures? 

Post # 17
776 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - Magnolia House

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.

Post # 18
1241 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

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!

Post # 19
11654 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

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. 

Post # 21
44 posts
  • Wedding: November 2015

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. 

Post # 22
1353 posts
Bumble bee

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!

Post # 23
2005 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

shutto:  dont forget to check the freelance photographers in your area. a lot of photographers who are “fashion” or “editorial” photographers also do wedding or engagement/other styles on the side to make $. 

Post # 24
7905 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

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.

Post # 25
533 posts
Busy bee

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. 🙂

Post # 27
155 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

Yea!  So happy that you have stress off your shoulders!

Post # 28
9589 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

shutto:  yay!! congrats!  Also, it’s super impresssive you’re getting photos done for $500!

Post # 30
1353 posts
Bumble bee

shutto:  I’m sooo glad to hear your update! Life so much easier and less stressful when you have competent and thoughtful vendors!

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