(Closed) Photography Problem. Need one earlier than other.

posted 10 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
1276 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

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
2004 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

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
1379 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

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!

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