(Closed) Is it okay to bargain with a photographer? Help she’s calling in an hour!

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Should I "talk her down?"
    Yes : (20 votes)
    69 %
    No : (6 votes)
    21 %
    Other, please explain : (3 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    2742 posts
    Sugar bee

    I negotiated with my photographer. But not because I thought she needed the money or anything. Adding bridals is a lot though. That’s like adding an extra shoot time into the mix. I can’t tell you whether or not to add that. I told my photographer the price I wanted to pay. What else she could throw in there etc. She was at the absolute TOP of my budget too. She added an hour shoot time on the day of the wedding AND also gave us a canvas print and print credit. I was very happy with the results I’ve seen so far.

    Post # 4
    Member
    5670 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I would personally let her know that her price is at the top of her budget and that you really love her work, but you are going to need more hours and bridals and are afraid that your budget will not allow you to work with her based on her package prices. Please do not mention anything about how you should get a deal because she knows your mom. Taking your relationship out of the discussion and talk to her and explain your budget issues, She may be able to meet you in the middle.

    Post # 5
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    2584 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    If you’re not sure you can afford the package, you could tell her what you CAN afford and see if she’ll negotiate a package for you. I emailed our photographer to ask if there was any way we could design a cheaper package, and she said she would have to cut time off as there wasn’t much wiggle room.

    Good wedding photography is VERY expensive to keep running. All the equipment and maintenance, the editing program, not to mention the time they spend going through the hundreds of photos and editing them. If you add up the running costs and the time spent, photographers prices are pretty fair and I personally think that unless she’s overcharging compared to photographers of similar quality, you probably shouldn’t try to haggle.

    ETA: Fiance and I booked a photographer we love who is WAY over budget- we cut a ton of other wedding expenses because it was our priority, so if extra hours are a must, you could try to cut in other areas, just an idea!

    Post # 6
    Member
    994 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    What is she charging for 4 hours? Is it already a low price to begin with?

    Post # 7
    Member
    955 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I do think it is ok to be honest about what you are looking for and your budget to see if there is any wiggle room. Our photog had all packages listed and in speaking with her she was still talking about the packages, but we didnt need everything in her package, so I did negotiate and she was flexible. I don’t think there is anything wrong with seeing if there is wiggle room as long as you are nice about it and acknowlege that you understand that their time is very valuable, because it is.

    Post # 8
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    1820 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I agree with everything @roxy821: said.  Just one thing to add – I had more success negotiating with vendors for my wedding when I accepted their price but asked that more be included rather than asking them to drop their price.

    You can negotiate with any of your vendors, just remember to be respectful of the fact that they are running a business and this is their livelihood.  With that in mind – negotiate away! 

    Post # 10
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    2584 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Another thought- have you researched other photographers and their prices? Is this a meeting to discuss or have you already booked her? Even though she knows your mom, you may be able to find another photographer who would charge less.

    Post # 12
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    14496 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I dont see anything wrong with asking her to add shoot time or bridal shoot if you really wanted it and could not afford more than what she’s already charging.  I think its easier to ask for more, than to talk down a price.

    Post # 13
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    3314 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I let my photographer know of our budget issues and because he was just a bit over our top limit, he threw in a disk of all pics in high res (the package came with low res and he knew that I wanted high res), and a bridal shoot (though we haven’t used that yet and will be doing a family shoot instead), as part of the package.  He also gave us A LOT more time then listed in the contract – by like 8+ hours!

    It’s definitely worth asking.

    Post # 14
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    878 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Doesn’t hurt to try- people are usually willing to give and take a little. I dont’ think it would be offensive to admit you have a tight budget and ask for her to work a little with you.

    Post # 15
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    5657 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2012

    It’s okay to bargain with anyone, just don’t always expect it to work.

    Post # 16
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    371 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    I agree with pp’s I wouldn’t worry about trying to negotiate, esspecially if you are willing to pay CASH up front, almost all of my vendors had discounts for people who did this, and that was without asking, so I don’t think it is unreasonable to ask.

     

    It also looks like your getting married in January, is that accurate? I would also make a point of the fact that you are getting married in the off season, a lot of vendors also have discounts then as well.

     

    Good luck!

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