- 5 years ago
- Wedding: September 2015
Good evening all. This is obviously my first post and I wanted some opinions. Thank you in advance for reading this.
Our San Diego venue is all inclusive and the photographer is included in the package. Our venue allows you to modify any package so its our discretion to keep the vendors. Our photographer is $2400 I believe. This past May my friend ‘liked’ a photographer on FB (from the midwest) and I clicked on that photographers page. I was in AWE and reached out to the photorapher for pricing via email, because I was curious. Our wedding is June 2015 and people in general dont take it as serious and I am afraid that it may cause some vendors to be lackadaisical with their response. After several failed attempts about four weeks ago I was able to have a phone conversation with the photographer and we vibed immediatley. We got their prices and the most expensive package was $1000. Just in case anybody thinks this is too good to be true or anything, its not. The photographer is far from a novice. My interest was immediatley piqued and I inquired about travel costs. The photographer said that they would get back to me in a few weeks with a travel quote. (I still havent heard anything)
I was thinking we are responsible for roundtrip airfare and hotel accomodations along with meals at the wedding, and rental car. The photographer said that they love to travel by acr to stop and take in the sights. Thats all good and wonderful….. however…. that will quickly add up; gas (roundtrip), hotels along the way, and extra nights in San Diego (for recovery after the car ride, etc). Is my rationale unreasonable? The photographer is sweet and as genuine as can be and far from entitled…. its just so much more expensive to drive than to fly. I think. I was thinking if the travelers quote is $1000 or less then we will sign a contract. Or should I allow $1400, to make the entire total $2400 and break even with my current photographer? Am I being cheap?
And opinions or concerns? Any photographers want to tell me their stance? I know that we are 19 months out from our wedding and I am a bit ‘early’ We are a dual military couple, we both just got stationed on the east Coast (and this was very sporadic/ unexpected/ undesired, but thats the ardious nature of the military) and I am also in a graduate program. I am trying to ‘handle as much as I can now. This isnt a pressing issue, if we kept our preferred photographer the world wouldt end. We are just extremely impressed with the midwest photographer.
Again, I appreciate you taking the time to read this. I hope I clearly stated my dilema.