(Closed) Negotiating with photographers

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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393 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Tigrrlily04: You’ll have more success asking to take things out of a package to lower the price than you would just asking a photographer to arbitrarily charge you less than they charge other people. We price things so we can run our business and pay our rent/feed our families.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

We felt we could because we were getting married “off-season” and she was still “new” to the business world. So luckily we were able to negotiate a price. We explaind our situation of our being a young couple and paying for this wedding on our own; we too were willing to lose out on some of the perks her packages offered. I say just remember to do it with sincerity and class. This is their passion and career; you can’t put a price on that.

Best of Luck!! xo

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

@CupCakeMeg: <—- we did what she did as well.

Def. don’t ask for a lower price without taking away any extra services or perks. But IMO, I think it is perfectly acceptable to go over what you do and don’t need out of their packages.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Tigrrlily04: I understand, we just get a lot of crazy inquiries asking for everything for nothing so I’m just advising that it’s best to knock out some of the perks of the package in exchange for a lower rate. The video at the end of this article is the perfect example of what not to do during negotiations! http://www.lightstalking.com/obnoxious-photographer-beliefs

That said, have you already set a date in stone? Photographers often offer slightly discounted rates for non-Saturday weddings and also weddings that fall outside the most popular months (April-October). If you can work with that you might find yourself not only getting lower rates with photogs, but with other vendors too.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee

@Tigrrlily04: when they don’t remove any of their package, it’s because the amount of advanced editing will go down. (usually) less turn around time for them

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Another reason for being delicate is that if you put a bad taste in their mouth (photography is what lasts forever) you dont want that to show when you get your photos back. You want them to be happy to work for you and give their best!  Again, just saying! =)

There are good business owners with good hearts and who are willing to work with you!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

The typical Saturday package from our photographer is around $2000 or $2200, I believe. We are doing a short Sunday wedding and decided on $1300 since I would only need 4 or 5 hours of shooting, plus it’s on an ‘off’ day. I’m not going to get any of the ‘extras’ either, but I’m ok with that.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

BEEM is right.  There are only so many weddings you can book per yr, a photographer has to make a certain average or else they will be out of business.  They may be willing to include more items for the same price in a higher package, but it will be difficult to get them lower than their base package.  A photographer will negotiate based on how busy and in demand they are.  If they are averaging 5K a wedding, and only have 2 dates left, they probably are not going to give those dates away for 1500 bucks.  Make sense?

That being said, there are a lot of newbie photographers out there probably willing to deal…..just make sure they meet your quality standards and that they will be around when your wedding comes.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I was able to get out of paying the taxes. $200!

When they sent me the contract I replied with “Oh, I didn’t figure in taxes. My budget for wedding photography was $2000 and I’m already going over that with your price of $2300.”

They replied almost instantly with. “We can/will waive the taxes.”  So i save $200 at least. Smile

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

You might try and see if the photographer you really love will work with you and set up a payment plan rather than actually lower the price. 

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Most photographers won’t negotiate, we don’t. However we are more than happy to change the package around to fit needs. However, the price it says for exact packages are the price we charge. We change something different for non-Saturday weddings, that’s the only way to get a discount. We do payment plans as well. However, there isn’t wiggle room built into our packages. This is the same for almost any established photographer.

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