(Closed) Groupon for Engagement Photos

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: What do you think of the Groupon Engagement Photos?
    It's a great deal, go and have fun with it! : (1 votes)
    13 %
    You can do better, wait for photos. : (7 votes)
    88 %
    An outdoor shoot is great. Work in whatever outfit changes you can. : (0 votes)
    Do the studio shoot, nature is too unpredictable. : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    Member
    484 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @Ms_Purple:  Don’t do it.

    If a photographer is on Groupon, it’s because they are desperate.  Groupon absolutely screws their businesses over.  They take half of the cost that you pay. 

    So this photographer is basically offering to do a shoot for you for free….. and then either hoping against hope that you will order a bunch of products to make up the difference (which I can guarantee that no one who bought the groupon will do)… or is doing it because she is subpar and needs experience.  Neither is what you want.

    And actually…. looking at all the stuff she’s already including, there is NO WAY that she will make any money on this whatsoever.  This is a bad deal for her.  No successful and established photographer is on Groupon, for that reason – it’s a guaranteed money loser, with no upside.   I don’t even have to look at her website to know this.

    Your results will probably suck.  She probably doesn’t know what she’s doing.  And she may have SO MANY people buy this deal that she can’t handle it all, and does a half ass job on your session, and/or takes a realllllly long time to get your photos to you.

    Good pro photography is WORTH what you pay for it.  Save up for a real pro, or have a friend take photos for you.  Sorry to be harsh…. I’ve just heard and read too many negative experiences with Groupon from both customers and businesses.

    And now that I have looked at her website… Yup.  Don’t hire.  Did you look at her regular session prices???  They are nowhere near the $620 claimed value.  The actual value is NEVER what they claim it is on Groupon.  Just get off Groupon LOL.

    Post # 4
    Member
    1314 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2006

    @seAprilbride:  I’d echo this.  When it comes to Groupon and photography it’s an act of desparation.  I’m not saying you are necessarily going to be getting a bad photographer, but you will be getting someone who is not making any profit whatsoever on their art/efforts/labor. I can’t imagine that individual approaching your session with the same amount of attention and love as one would who’s getting compensated for their time and energy.  There are also big advantages to doing an engagement session with the photographer you hire for your wedding. I’d wait and hire a wedding photographer and have them shoot the engagement session.

    Post # 5
    Member
    169 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I agree with the other two – sounds too good to be true.

    Post # 7
    Member
    11752 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I’m not a fan of her work but if you like it and don’t want to pay a lot, it’s only $90 if you hate it not a huge loss.

    Post # 8
    Member
    484 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @Ms_Purple:  I love good deals too!  You can’t find them on Groupon for anything.  When it first launched, there were actually good deals… like “customer ripping off the business” good deals, but now that businesses have discovered that Groupon is nothing but a great way for them to lose a ton of money…. there are only two types of deals on there:

    1 – Things that aren’t actually a deal.  $10 for a microwave!  Yay!  And then in itty bitty print that they hope no one will read – $200 in S&H.  This is a slight exaggeration, but regardless, I can promise you are paying EXACTLY what the company wants you to pay for that product – not getting a deal.

    2 – Deals from desperate businesses that can’t get customers and be successful any other way, other than going on Groupon and basically providing their services for free.  And why can’t they?  Well… because they suck.  Generally they have horrible reviews that they hope people won’t read before they buy, and they provide low quality products and services.  So again, you’re not getting a deal.

    /Groupon rant.  LOL sorry for sidetracking the thread.  I just think it’s good to warn people about this.

    Post # 9
    Member
    1880 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I have read way, WAY too many stories of groupon things like this going bad because the photographer is overbooked and not making any money. So if you can afford to totally lose the $90 and re-shoot photos, I think it’s okay to give it a shot, but if you can’t, I’d pass.

    Post # 10
    Member
    135 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    I have a friend who had a funny story from a Groupon engagement session. They paid 40 bucks and the guy posed them for four hours. He pretty much wouldn’t let them leave and kept taking them from place to place and trying to get them to switch up their outfits. He finally told them he was just trying to build his portfolio. Out of four hours she said maybe five weren’t totally horrid. And it was winter haha! 

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