(Closed) How would you reply to this photographer? Strange email…

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

If you like his work, i’d tell him exactly what your budget is and see if he can match it. Opening the floor to discussion is always a good thing. It can’t hurt! 

Post # 4
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857 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Also, I wouldn’t judge him for the time the email was sent – many people who do not have a 9-5 work late at night, especially photographers. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

It sounds like because you were booking so early, he didn’t have his 2014 prices yet.  My photographer always used to email me in the middle of the night.  I think that’s when she did all her work.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I think he was trying to predict what his price would be in 2014 (a lot of photogs raise their rate slightly each year as they get more credibility under their belt) and possibly overshot his estimate a little bit. If you like his work and he’s willing to meet you at your budget, I’d take him up on it.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@StL.Ashley:  Not at all. My friend, who is a photographer, often shoots all night (fashion shoots) or weddings at night, then catches up on emails at night, afterwards to decompress. The few precious hours she has free during the day, she spends doing things she cant at night – like going to the bank, grocery shopping, etc….

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@StL.Ashley:  He may have just been up late, following up with previous quotes such as yourself. If you like him that much, tell him exactly what your budget is and he may just be able to work with you. 

I’ve heard it’s quite the battlefield in the photography business and $2500 is better than absolutely nothing.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I’d email him with my exact budget. That’s what we did when booking photographers. And the 2am ins’t weird. My brother does fashion photography and has weird hours!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

i would reply if you like him and havent found another photog yet. what can it hurt?

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

The 2am thing is not weird at all, and in fact you will find many vendors calling and emailing at odd hours— fortunately those I worked with didn’t call too often at weird hours and never after 9pm but still, it’s a little weird to have the venue coordinator call you so late at night.  But when they are working all day with weddings, that is often the only time they have to catch up on things.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

If he turns out to be your dream photographer then he’s worth talking to.  Maybe the budget you’ve set for yourself is $2500.  Maybe he can do what you want for $3000 (asn an example).  Sometimes you can make an adjustment in one area to make something that is important to you happen.  Point is it is never bad to talk to someone.

As for the 2am thing if you’re a full time professional you can set your hours.  It’s not just that some “creative types” work better at night, a lot of people in general are not morning people.  9-5 is a lot less the accepted norm that it used to be.  We actually use an email scheduler though so if we send something out late at night it doesn’t send until it’s more in the traditional time block so no one is judging us based on when we are awake.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

I’d tell him your budget, and see what he comes back with. 

Our photographer was way over our budget, but I asked if he’d do a shorter shoot than normal, and he did. One of my MOHs took the hair salon/makeup photos, and I don’t regret not having a pro for that part of the day.

Our DJ usually emailed me “after hours,” so it’s common for some vendors.

Post # 15
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

If you like his work, I’d definitely start a dialogue with him about your budget and what you’d expect from him.

As for the timing of the email, my academic advisor emailed me at 2am yesterday.  And that is someone who has a typical office job.  Some people are just up then!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

Calling in the middle night – that would be unacceptable.

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