(Closed) Friend/amateur photographer troubles…

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

I would talk to her in person with your concerns and state nicely what you’ve described here. Email can be interpreted wrong, and I think if you respond to her that way, it may not come off right. 🙂 You may not need to say “you said you would drastically discount this” but you can say “you’re a little out of our price range, so we’ll probably have to go with someone else…” and see if she will offer to re-quote with a real friends and family discount.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I had a similar thing happen when I wanted to do an e-pic session in my hometown. My cousins wife was just starting out so I asked her what she’d charge. I figured I was doing her a favor especially since she really needs the cash. She quoted me something ridiculous, I was astounded. I simply told her that it turns out she was more than I had planned to spend and that I found another photog that charged X and would be working with her instead.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

@soontobeasheehy: Good luck. 🙂 We have the same arrangement with one of our friends, but luckily she really did give us a friends and family discount. Otherwise I’m not sure what we would have done. If your friend has already said she’d be willing to adjust the quote, if I were you I might even tell her the budget you were thinking and see what she says (or wait to see if she asks you what budget you had in mind). It’s such a sensitive thing when friends are helping you out, but you don’t want to take advantage of them either. 😉

Post # 7
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Busy bee

How much does she normally charge for the disk she is giving you for free? Did you take in account the disk for the other photogs? Does she or the other photogs do any retouching of the images? Do they provide printing rights to the disk? How much time is she giving you vs the other photogs? How many images is she going to provide you vs the other togs? These are all things to take in consideration when evaluating pricing.

Say they are all giving you the same thing with only a $100-$300 difference then you definitely should hire someone with first the best portfolio, second how much experience they have, and third how comfortable you are with them.

It’s always tricky when working with friends, especially if you have different expectations then what they are able to provide you. If you do decide to go with your friend, make sure you have a contract that outlines both of your expectations. Otherwise you could run the risk of you guys resenting each other and loosing the friendship.

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