- 10 years ago
- Wedding: July 2011
Morning Bees, (sorry its a few paragraphs long)
I really need your advice about how to negotiate with photographers. What worked for you??
On Kijiji (the Canadian Craigslist), a photographer was looking to expand her portfolio so she was offering some free sessions. I responded quickly and got free engagement pictures (which was perfect because epics weren’t in our budget.) So we took the pictures and we loved working with her. We just got back some proofs (i’ll prob post later) and they are really good!
So out of excitement I emailed her to say that we were interested in hiring her for our wedding next summer and asked what she would charge us. She emailed back saying she wanted to meet with us to discuss coverage and prices once she was finished editing our e-pics. She said she considered next summer to be her first “real wedding season”. (she did photograph a wedding or 2 this summer for free) She admitted that did not yet have set rates. She did say she believed she could find a price “we were both happy with”, depending on our coverage needs.
So, my question is, what do I offer? Originally, I was looking for a photog under the industry average. In my city photography ranges from 1200-1800. I did find another good photographer who wants $800 for ceremony to first dance. I probably wouldn’t want to pay more than that, but I don’t want to insult the photog I like by “price comparing”. How should I do it? Should I be up front about the price i’m hoping for? Should I spend a little more for a photog I love? Should I get a lower price by having less coverage? She’s new but she’s good, so i’m not sure how much I can negotiate do to her “new-ness”