Post # 1
- Wedding: September 2013 - Outdoor
So I don’t have a photographer yet, my wedding is 9/28/13. Last week my venue (already booked) had a small bridal show where they showcased a few of their favorite vendors. Since I don’t have a photographer booked, I was interested in talking to their feature photographer, especially considering that our venue is has a lot of unique photo opportunities so our venues manager recomended finding a photographer who has worked at the venue before.
So I meet the photographer, her photos looks great and best of all, I felt like we really clicked. We actually chatted for like 20 minutes and not just about photos. I didn’t bring up pricing at the time because there was so much going on at the venue that day, but later I checked out her website (also great) and saw that her packages start at almost twice my ideal budget! Major bummer, but not the end of the world! The photographer search continues…
EXCEPT… they had a raffle, and I won a free engagement shoot with this photographer!!! Woohoo, right? Except now I am conflicted. I feel like if I take advantage of this freebie I should give back by booking her for our wedding, even though I am not obligated to, but I really can’t afford it. I am SO excited to shoot with her for the engagement photos and really wish I could book her for the wedding. I will also be pretty sad if the engagement shoot and the pictures are really good and then we book someone else for the wedding and they aren’t as good.
So what does everyone think? Should I skip the shoot that I won so I don’t feel bad about not being able to book her for the wedding? But I hate to give up a freebie. Do you think I will get anywhere if I just tell her all of this and see what she thinks or if we can do a custom package or cut down on things so that we can afford her? So far I haven’t really talked with her since it’s only been a few days since she told us we won the shoot. I’d love some advice!
Post # 3
You won fair and square and if you create a relationship with her by usimg the prize and she is the one you truly want just ask her if she could create a package within your budget.
Post # 4
Go for the free engagement shoot! She may be willing to cut off some hours for your in order to fit in your budget
Post # 5
@Stephefanie: Definitely don’t pass up the shoot! Not only is it a great opportunity, you get another chance to make sure you really like this photographer.
Based on what you said, it sounds like you know that your ideal photographer is going to be more than your budget. Definitely talk to this photographer about that… She may be willing to give you a discount on a package that already includes an engagement shoot, since you won one, or to work out a payment plan schedule for you. Either way… I advise you not to settle for lower quality photography. You can cut your budget elsewhere….at the end of the day, the food will have been eaten and forgotten, the flowers will be wilted…and the only thing you’ll have to remember it all by is those photos. You deserve the best you can get. I bet you can find a way to make it work!
Post # 6
You don’t owe her anything. You won a raffle, if she asks about booking with her for the wedding just be honest and tell her you can’t afford her services. You won’t hurt her feelings, at least not if she’s a good person.
Gosh, that sounds mean. I meant all of that in a nice way.
Post # 7
Maybe you could tell her about your budget and maybe she could come up with a package for you? Personally, I think Photography is one of the most important things for the wedding and if you really love her work then you should try to work something out with her.
Post # 8
Have the shoot. If she’s double your budget I doubt she’ll have anything in your price range. It can’t hurt to ask but if she can’t , she can’t. Give her good referrals to other friends getting engaged who can afford her services. That’s a great way to give back to her. Give her images good exposure if she gives you the right to put them on Facebook etc.
Post # 9
To be honest, most photographers are required to donate those prizes to wedding shows. We know they aren’t going to end up in bookings. I’ve only done two wedding shows ever and at one they forgot to draw my prize. It was awesome haha!:)