Post # 1
In my search for photographers I came across a very talented guy whose artistic style meets my taste. I googled his website and found that his price range was very reasonable – $1800 – $2600. This was what the website said. And I thought this was well within my budget.
So I filled out the form, requesting for more information on their A la Carte options, and I included my phone number. The photographer was so kind enough to give me a call and have a personal conversation about what my vision is for my wedding day and how important photography is to me, as well as what kind of wedding I’ll be having. Basically, he just wanted an overview of my vision so that he can be prepared for our meeting.
He was so nice, not even giving me a sales talk at all, and so I agreed to book an appointment for me and my fiance to see him. Then he said he was going to send me the complete information on their packages. Well, it turns out that their updated packages start at $2600 and can go up to $7000.
I want the basic package now, because that is what suits my budget. But how can I tell him now that this is what I want without sounding too cheap?
How do vendors usually behave once they know you don’t have much money to spend?? Thanks ladies!
Post # 3
Just tell him that you want to go with his basic package. There is no reason to explain anything else- if he is credible, he will not treat you any differently b/c of the money issue.
Post # 4
Be upfront and straightforward. The updated information was different than what’s on his webpage, and your budget means you can only afford his basic package. Do not feel guilted into spending twice as much money as you can afford. You might also want to hint that he should update his website. That’s bad business practices to advertise such lower costs than the real ones.
Post # 5
I defintely agree with the other posters, if your photographer is a professional he will be pleased to have your business no matter what package you chose. Think about it – he wouldn’t offer a package at that price if he didn’t want people to chose it. I’m not sure where you’re from, but I know I had a hard time finding a photographer for a reasonable price too. There are tons of them out there and there is no reason you should sacrifice your vision over cost. Maybe even talk with your photographer about putting together a package at a price that works for you if the lowest one is not right. He may be willing to work with you on those things. Good luck!
Post # 6
Don’t be ashamed to pick the smallest package if that’s what you want! As others have said, it’s available because he’s willing to sell it.
You might also talk to him about your budget. If you let him know what you’re willing to spend, as well as what’s most important to you in photography (ie. an engagement session, album, etc.) he may be able to put together a custom package that better utilizes your budget and fits your needs better.
Post # 7
also, you really just need him to take the pictures. a lot of packages include the big expensive albums and stuff, which aren’t necessary. You should find out how much it would be to get the rights to the pics after the wedding, and then you can make your own albums. just make sure he’s there for the time you need. meaning, make enough time to get the photos you want. You defnitely don’t want to rush the photo session.
Post # 8
- Wedding: September 2018 - The Desmond Hotel in Malvern, PA
I’d be weary of the fact that his website states different prices than what he told you — that just doesn’t sit well with me. I would make sure that he is honest and trustworthy before even booking him at his starting rate. Definitely be up front with him about the fact that the prices on his website differ from the prices he sent you, and find out why.
Post # 9
have you pointed out to him that his website states different prices than what he is actually charging? This happened to me when I booked my photographer and when I pointed it out to her and was honest about not being able to afford everthing we initially wanted with her new/updated prices, she was extremely apologetic that her website had been misleading, stating that I was the first bride to point out that it wasn’t updated (to her very recent price changes) and decided to throw in all the a la carte items that I originally wanted for her new basic package price. I am so happy because I LOVE my photographer and her work! So, it doesn’t hurt to be upfront and honest, as long as you are nice and respectful about it 😉