Post # 47
@jilleeann: “ @NauticalDisaster: How would you respond if your boss approached you and asked if you would be willing to work for, say, $2 less an hour all winter? It isn’t personal, its just buisness. “
Actually, there are places that work like that. Take my job for instance. I’m a nurse. We get paid about a two dollars more an hour if we work the night shift. The day shift is actually much more difficult, yet they make two dollars less an hour. It’s nothing personal, it’s just that everyone wants day shift and no one likes working nights. Many places have shift differentials like this and I’m sure some places (In other fields) have seasonal differentials as well. In many retail jobs, for example people are given less hours therefore make less money in the winter after the holidays due to less customers. I think it’s all a simple economics matter of supply and demand. In the summer there is high demand for anything wedding related and the supply dwindles. High demand + low supply = high prices. In the winter there is very little demand for these services and therefore are many more available to choose from. They in turn become more competitive. Low demand + high supply = lower prices. It just makes sense to me from an economic standpoint. I know that many venues offer discounts for winter weddings because they aren’t in high demand that time of year, and they would prefer to get some business than none at all. However, many photographers do more than just weddings and may be very busy all year round regardless. I don’t think photographers get as competative as venues generally.
One thing that I’ve disliked about searching for a photographer is that I can never find prices on their websites! I hate having to ask what they charge, it’s embarassing when it’s way out of my budget and it wastes my time and theirs. I wish they would be up front and say blank is how much I charge for this, blank is how much I charge for that. Every photographer I’ve talked to I have to call and basically if they tell me they charge say $5,000 I can say I’m planning an intimate wedding with a bit of a tight budget. I don’t know if I can afford your services. Do you have smaller packages? They may not want to work less an hour (and I really don’t blame them at all) but if you can’t afford it they might be willing to work something out. Possibly instead of their 12 hour package they only stay 7 hours, or they cut out the engagement photo shoot and parent albums. I don’t know something that can help your budget, but not cause them any real losses?
This could be rude too though, what do I know? haha
Post # 48
like others have said, you are the client! I went to my photographer knowing her package prices, and told her I have $X amount of money to spend, what can you get me for this? She was extremely flexible, as our wedding is off-season and on a weekday. It doesn’t hurt to ask!
Post # 49
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
OP- another option may be to see if your photographer will do a reduced number of hours. Instead of a full day rate of (I think?) ten hours, we had our photographer for seven. It worked because we were getting married on a “less desirable” day (Friday the 13th), but it’s worth looking into that option.
What we “missed” out on- getting ready photos at the hair salon (one of the girls took some, which I still haven’t see yet, so obviously those weren’t too important), and end of the night shots. And I don’t regret not having either.
The money for the photographer you want/click with is absolutely worth it. We saved on costs other ways (DIY flowers, DIY invites, wedding cake from a high-end grocery store) so that we had the photo budget we needed.
Post # 50
@urbanriceball: When I first reached out to my photographer, he responded with a winter special (this was back in Feb) – we didn’t even MEET him until July, and he honored the Winter Special price after I mentioned it. Doesn’t hurt to ask!
Post # 51
Thought I would leave an update here now that we’ve decided on a photographer and maybe it will be helpful to other bees.
We spoke with 5 different photographers and I asked all of them if they offered an off-season or cash upfront discount. None of them offered an off season discount as they felt that winter time was not actually slower than other times of the year. Fair enough, I totally get it. All of them offered a cash discount (btw 5-10%), although this was not for paying upfront, but instead for paying in hard cash money (no checks!). This seemed like a slam dunk to me since we will still be able to spread out the payments and be liquid.
Post # 52
I think I would say something like: ‘I love your work, and we would love to have you photograph our wedding, but you are a bit out of our budget. Would you be willing to lower your cost a bit for us?’
Post # 53
But yes, cash can have that effect too!
Post # 54
@urbanriceball: that’s so weird. I would never give a discount for paying cash. Good for you for getting one. I don’t begrudge you one at all but it costs me nothing to accept a cheque or an etransfer. Did they say why? Cash just offers me not adVantage. I actually don’t like taking cash payments at all. Cheques and transfers give me better concrete records. Unless they are going to hide it from the tax man haha! I believe for that very reason cash discounts are illegal in canada
Post # 55
@Jbbee: No they didn’t mention why…I didn’t want to press the matter since they were giving me the discount!
Post # 56
@urbanriceball: no kidding haha. Take it and run! 🙂