(Closed) Negotiating with a photographer?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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49 posts
Newbee

As a wedding photographer I would not throw in something for free. It takes time to offer everything on my price list and to do so would be the same as working for free. However, if you really want a boudior session or an additional book, then maybe you can swap out items already in the package for the difference of these items instead. I personally would be offended and feel you dont respect me as a photographer to ask me to give you something for free. Would you go into a restaurant and ask them to give you a free steak because you bought the house salad and feel it would be a nice addition to the meal, I dont think so. Value what you are getting and dont negotiate, I think it is tacky and unethical and photographers surely feel the same if not stronger on this topic. You wouldnt work for free so dont expect them to do the same for you.

Post # 4
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660 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I was able to negotiate with my photographers, it was more like my friend had a referral discount and I just asked if I can utilize the discount to my package and they agreed.

So technicallly, i wasn’t asking anything for free, but I was just negotiating the price for a discount.   It didn’t hurt to ask and they were happy to do so.

Post # 5
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1328 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I don’t think it’s wrong!  I understand the PP how it’s time and effort, but I would also think that a potential vendor that wouldn’t even be up for negotiating is a waste of time.  If they want your business, they will try to fit your needs.  We talked to a couple phot. that offered a couple hundred off if we got a larger package.  Our final pick was already so great priced that we didn’t think to ask.  Remember, YOU’RE the client.  You can ask for anything, the most they can do is say no!  At the end of the day, you’re still paying them $$$, they should try their best to please you/be hired.  I don’t think you should ask for a free session, maybe just $$ off the package.

 

Go for it!

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

The editing time required for a boudoir shoot (or any shoot of that length) is a lot – hours and hours. You’d be asking them to work for free for 10+ hours. I think that’s asking too much. Same with the free “book” – the time devoted to layouts and the back and forth with you choosing and approving pics/layouts is a LOT. You’d be surprised how little photographers make after expenses, and how many hours they work. It’s expensive for a reason. If you want a cheaper package, do it by deleting services, not by getting them to throw things in for free.

Post # 7
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Newbee

Thank you crayfish for supporting how I feel. It irks me that brides feel photographers not negotiating are a “waste of time” as someone on here said or not worth investing in. We offer you a service, we arent available for a discounted rate. Photographers who are willing to bend on what they offer are desperate for your business, I am not offering that. Either you want me or not, that is okay, I wont settle for less and dont want couples who feel it is okay to ask for less either. Its a matter of choices and what you are comfortable with but personally I would be offended and not offer a discount. Good for you if you can get it, otherwise dont expect the photographer to automatically say yes if they are established in the industry.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

The one thing I negotiated for with our photographer was an extra hour of photography for the same price.  It was reasonable since we’re having a weekday wedding.  They agreed and seemed happy about it!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@IVKWed:  Not trying to offend anyone, I just feel that those who price their own services should have the ability to bend.  If they are not flexible, I just prefer not to work with them. 

Post # 11
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1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

I negotiated with my engagement photog and she offered me a fantastic deal for my wedding. I haven’t booked her yet, but I’m pretty sure I will very soon. She said she really wanted to shoot us again so she cut her prices in half to fit our budget. 🙂 I was sooo happy! I think asking them to “throw in something extra” is a little rude, but asking them to work with your budget is appropriate.

Post # 12
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3126 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

I didn’t ask for anything extra or for free from my photographer. After got to to know her a bit, she offered to do some things for us that she doesn’t normally do. It was nice and totally unexpected but I would never go in and offer less than an asking price. People do that all the time at my store and I don’t get it. I dont go into Target and say, hey… if I give you cash will you give me this expensive item for less money? Or go into the grocery store and say hey, I bought apples yesterday and today I found this coupon..can you give me a refund? Drives. Me. Insane. We offer a fair price compared to our competitors and offer much better service..please don’t ask me for money off of our product because it is too much for you to spend. Either buy a similar (but not the same) item somewhere else for less money, or find something else at our store that costs less. /end rant.

Post # 13
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Newbee

@M.Ruder: I understand what you said and like I said, it is your opinion but my business doesnt offer work for free. I didnt say that I dont support exchanging services for others, that is different when negotiating.

Post # 14
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5657 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

My Fiance is the king of negociating. He negociates anything that’s worth negociating. He also owns a business and negociates with clients all the time and is never insulted by it. It’s a regular part of business and it’s not innaprorpiate at all. They can always just say no if the deal doesn’t suit them and then you can just take their original terms. As long as you’re not a jerk about it, there is no harm in just asking.

Post # 15
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1000 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@IVKWed: Thanks for providing such an awesome response! I, too, would be offended and not offer to “throw-in” anything for free. Consider me a retail store, my prices are my prices, and you wouldn’t take items to the counter and ask me if you can have them for free. Totally agree photogs who do this are desperate for business, and devalue the industry.

On a final note, it’s one thing to try to customize a package (take items out) when you are truly struggling to afford the photographer you love, but it sounds like the OP has already come to terms with the rate and just wants more in her package because she think’s she’s entitled or that our prices aren’t really our prices… either way, it kind of makes it even more offensive 🙁

Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@IVKWed: No problem! I have shot a couple of weddings, and know the insane amount of work involved – and the cost of pro eqipment. $3000 sounds like a lot to the average bride, but I really think they don’t understand how much gets taken out of that in insurance, licenscing, gear, web hosting/design, advertising, taxes and just plain old time before it ever becomes a wage for the photographer! I think good photographers are one of the industries that have the slimmest profit margins when it comes to weddings, and couples just don’t see that because all they hear is “X thousands of dollars for a few hours of photography”

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