(Closed) Photographers (Help, please)

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
32 posts
  • Wedding: May 2011

That’s a LOT for 30 minutes of travel. We typically just charge a hotel if over 3 hours, but nothing else. 

Post # 4
83 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2003

@hiroshymatetrastar:  $150 is a little rough, but as a photographer, I do not question others fees. We all charge what we are comfortable with, and feel that we need/deserve.

Let me ask you this: if you truly love their pictures and they are the photographer that you MUST have, then is it worth it to lose that and begin your search again for $150.00???? Only you know that answer. Can you find it cheaper? Undoubtedly. Will you be as happy???


Post # 5
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Like PP I would just pay it if you love their work. However, personally speaking, I’ve seen photographers drive way more than that as a cost of doing business (it is a write off!). For example, here in Southern California, a photographer will travel between several counties without charging extra and this can often be several hours of driving with LA traffic. 

Post # 6
959 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@hiroshymatetrastar: I’m going to agree with the PP who stated $150 is a lot for 30 minutes. My photographer who is amazing is located in another county than us and she does not charge any travel fees within South Florida. She gave us the option to have several locations for our e-shoot and she didn’t attach any travel fees (our package is a lot less than yours). Now, I do not think it’s wrong for photographers to charge travel fees for reasonably lengthy distances but for 30 mins….come on!

Despite my opinion, if you truly like them and do not think you will find someone else who can top their work then just pay their fee. You still have time to shop around since your wedding is until next year. Hopefully you are not being charged any travel fees for your wedding.



Post # 8
263 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Hi, I think this might be a little late, but it really depends on what you are paying overall. I remember when I did my first (professional) wedding, and I charged less than $400 for 8 hours or so. AFTER we signed the contract, I realized I had to travel 2 hours to the wedding site. I requested additional money, because the $400 payment is for the actual photography service, and it didn’t include any travel expenses…

However, if you are paying $3k+, I think they should travel to you for no additional costs… and it’s only 30 minutes! Yeah, I think you are paying too much!

Post # 9
5547 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

Yeah, that seems step for 30 minutes of travel. Our photographer had us pay for the hotel because she came out the night before and took pictures at the rehersal and rehersal dinner and she came 3 hours. How far is it miles wise? Could you negociate and pay for gas or something that is acceptable to you and then they dont lose a customer?

Post # 11
263 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

@hiroshyma tetrastar, yes photography is something you should give priority, but there comes a point when you have to realize someone is trying to take advantage of you :/ best wishes though!

Post # 13
1252 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@zarethacosta:  In my area $3500 is about the average for photographers, so I wouldn’t jump to the conclusion that she’s being taken advantage of. 

@hiroshymatetrastar:  If the site is 30 minutes away from their studio, and they have to travel both ways, it is actually $150 for an hour of travel.  I don’t think that is unreasonable.  But if you don’t need 2 studio sessions maybe you could swap them both for the off-site engagement session.  However, if I really loved the photographer’s work I’d just pay the extra $150.

Post # 14
389 posts
Helper bee

I think he is taking advantage.  But, only you could make the decision.  If you absolutely love the work, then pay. If not, find someone else.  You could tell him that you got a better price and if he is willing to throw in something for free (like a large portrait) – at least you’d be getting something for the money.

Post # 15
1000 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@hiroshymatetrastar: The photographer told you that your sessions were “studio” sessions before booking right? Honestly, a studio session is SO much easier than an on-location session. Everything is already set up, you don’t need to travel, so you just “insert couple here.”

You decided you wanted something different (more labor intensive) after you booked, so unfortunately that means you’re going to have to pay for it. If you were already getting an on-location session I’d say $150 is a lot to charge for half an hour of driving, but he’s probably factoring in that it will be a different type of session in the cost. He’s not taking advantage, just charging what it’s worth to him to do a different type of session in addition to travel I’d imagine.

Post # 16
2335 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

You all signed a contract and if it didn’t include anything about travel fees, so I don’t think he can ask for it.  My photographer was very upfront about travel costs for my e-session and I had no problem with it because it was already discussed.

If this is going to be a regular thing (“oh, btw, we need $200 for gas money to drive to your wedding…”), I would cut ties now.  If its just a one-time thing, maybe just suck it up and get your pics.  Definitely talk about the contract either way, though.

PS- where in Gburg are you taking photos? 🙂

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