Post # 1
Have any other younger brides experinced this problem. Im 22 look younger then that most of the time lol and i brought along my best friend and Maid/Matron of Honor who is also 22 to look that this photographer that I love. He starts showing us all these beautiful albums and then starts to “interview ” me when I thought it should have been the other way around? So he gets through showing us and interviewing me i seriously felt like I was on a job interview. and hes like o do you have any questions so we are like asking about base packages and his base was $4,500 and for video and photos it was $6,200. I feel like he was trying to advantage of the fact that I am younger and a girl. I have experinced this before I really like his photography but now I feel like he is totally not an option now. any advice or similar experinces?
Post # 3
You have to go into a meeting knowing what you want to spend. If you are up front with your budget then you don’t have to waste your time. Photographers will share their pricing via email so they don’t have to also waste their time meeting with you.
I don’t think those prices are crazy high. It’s definitely more than I wanted to spend!! But there are people out there who pay that much. One photographer in my area has packages that start at $13K.
Post # 4
omg that’s so not cool =(
i have had similar experiences as far as looking younger, but not necessarily for wedding vendors – boo to him!!
seriously though, I see your wedding is in FL – check out my wedding photographer: Amanda McMahon; not only is she a talented professional, but she’s young, too!!
Post # 5
I think the best way to get around this problem is to get the photographer’s pricing before you meet with them. Most of the photographers we contacted had their rates up on their website, so we felt confident we weren’t being charged higher than other clients. If they didn’t provide pricing, we would get it by email.
Those sound like high prices, but not ridiculous. Our venue recommended a few photographers that were more expensive.
Post # 6
The photographer wouldnt send prices or talk prices till after I saw pictures and thanks so much Krissycake I will deff check that out right now!
Post # 8
- Wedding: March 2010 - Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
well, he definitely isn’t getting your business! he could have treated you that way for a number of reasons–his personality and general demeanor, your age, etc. i doubt that he quoted you a higher price than normal, though–those prices are expensive, but photography costs can shoot to the moon! i’m sorry you had a bad experience with him–but you will find a great photographer who you click with, in terms of personality and price!
Post # 9
Well you live in Florida, that could easily be the case. They sound like high prices, but from what i’ve seen around here in the midwest, guarnatee good work. We dropped about 3K on ours, a friend dropped $4500 and another dropped $1500. You get what you pay for sometimes so shop carefully!
Post # 10
I hate it when people treat me differently because I’m younger, but I don’t think he was jacking up the price cause you were younger… there are a ton of photographers that start at that price and even higher! I wouldn’t take it personally, I’m pretty sure our photog is going to be about 4000 but we’re in a way smaller city than… well, most anywhere.
Post # 11
I dont know exactly what youre photographer asked you, but is it possible youre being oversensitive? When I met with our photographer she asked me alot of questions about myself, how I met my fiance, Where he proposed, and alot of other questions. She was just showing her interest in getting to know me. I wasnt offended at all and Actually found it nice. Also, I doubt he changed his prices for you. Photography is expensive, especially the really good ones.
Post # 12
If someone won’t send you prices or let you know what their range is, don’t meet with them! Whether you’re 22 or 62, you deserve to be treated as an informed consumer and you should know what you’re getting into pricewise before you meet with a photographer.
I can’t imagine his practice of luring brides to a meeting and then surprising them with a big number is helping his business very much.
I’m sorry that happened to you. I don’t think it is because he was trying to take advantage of you personally, I think he just doesn’t know how to run a business!
Post # 13
We contacted all our potential photographers via email before meeting up with them. They all provided us with prices immediately and so we contacted those who were within our budget. We’re still spending about $4000 USD! I’m not sure if he was taking advantage of you, because from my experience, photographers are EXPENSIVE. In our situation, it just so happened that the photographers with the style that we liked (and the experience we wanted), are super expensive.
Post # 14
Trust me – I KNOW how you feel!!! I’m 20 yrs old & can sometimes look a little older, but my photographer and many many other people take advantage of this fact ALL the time. They try to tell me that they “have” to add this in the package because of my time frame…etc. It’s such a pain in the butt that people have to take advantage of us bc they think we don’t know anything!!
Post # 15
Well, 99% of our client interactions are primarily or firstly with the bride… so the fact that your a girl should have nothing to do with it… And I highly doubt he was trying to take advantage of your age… As many of clients are young…
Honestly though, the sad thing is, some photographers are just jerks. It’s just who they are. The “I’m so awesome” or “all about my work” complex. They feel entitled and are just plain jerks. That’s the way it is. And I feel I can say that because as a photographer I know a lot of them 🙂
You’ll be spending 6, 8+ hours in close proximity with your photographer. Other than price, your main considerations need to be 1) Does their work speak to you? Do you get excited seeing something new the post on the blog? and 2) Do you like THEM? Do you mind sharing the most important day of your life with them? Allowing them into those intimate moments between you and your new spouse…
Sounds like he’s just a jerk… Just keep looking, the right one is out there!
Post # 16
I don’t think the prices were because of your age. Some just think if they give you the sales pitch, you’ll still want them with the price. It’s just a sales tactic. Keep looking and go in with what you want in a photographer, make sure you are looking at full wedding albums too not just the best of the bunch.