Post # 1
We have hired a great photographer duo for our wedding. We are paying extra to have them stay for 12 hours instead of 10 as we have a long day. however, I want getting ready pics to start at 11:00 for the girls, but the guys don’t need the 2nd photog until 1. In fact, my fiance prefers to have as much time alone with his groomsmen as possible before they get dressed (which won’t be until 1:15ish).
Is it in poor form to ask the photographers to bend their extra time rate for us (something like $300+ an hour) considering that we don’t need the 2nd photog until 2 hours later? The 2nd one will already be at the hotel as they are driving from an hour away together, but we just don’t need him until later.
Post # 3
Well, I think there’s no harm in asking. If they are driving, then they’d be there (not getting paid) an extra two hours anyway. But if you’ve already signed a contract it might be hard to change things. It’ll depend on them. And depending on how they work, this might not make sense for them. You might alternatively ask them to include some other extra since you won’t be needing both their services. I suppose it depends a lot on their pricing structure though. My rates incl. a second photographer, but they are more of an assistant. So the charges are driven by the cost of the main photographer. I don’t know exactly what your rates are, but $300-500/hr is the typical cost I’ve encountered a single photographer, so I’m not sure whether they’ll come down much.
In general, though, if you are still drawing up the contract I’d just make a list of the services you want and then offer them a (fair) price for it. I find it’s easier to negotiate with lump sums than talking about discounts on specific items. And in my experience, especially when you are willing to pay more than their average contract for extra services, there is always some room for negotiation.
Post # 4
Does your photographer specify different rates for one vs. two (vs. three) photographers?
If the rate is $300/hour for two photographers, for a cut of one photographer for 2 hours would be $300. If you ask politely the worst that will happen is that they will tell you no.
Post # 5
I think if you explain your situation to them, they’d be the best persons to answer your question. I know mine is a husband and wife team and they pride themselves on being "green" and drive their Prius to all the weddings they attend together. They actually specifically spoke about that when we were meeting them for the first time.
I was actually just thinking about the same thing, I want to have one of them with me probably an hour or two earlier then the boys need a photographer … I might suggest that the second photographer go scope out the venue fcr good photo locations (the hotel we will be getting ready at is the same location as the wedding) and maybe try to get some detail shots if any are set up yet!
Post # 6
Thank you all for your advice. We already have a 10 hour contract with them but need to add time and I wasn’t sure how to approach it. i would LOVE to be able to just pay the 3 hours and be done with it, but I just hate that for 2 of the hours I only need and want one of them. They are a husband and wife team and will travel together.
I will ask them bc you are right, the worst they can say is no!