(Closed) Ready to Give Up!

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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870 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I’m not sure if I should even look for one or not. My Fi’s SIL is a photographer and has taken all of our couple pictures for free over the past couple years but has decided to charge us for the wedding. She hasn’t told us how much or anything and she doesn’t do photos like other people. Usually when you pay a photographer you get printed copies as well as a cd of al the pictures and all she ever gives us is a cd. I don’t know if I should ask for printed copies since we would have to pay or to start looking for someone else. Weddings are so stressful!

Post # 4
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3671 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

It took me FOREVER to find a photographer both times (we planned a big wedding then changed our mind to a smaller wedding somewhere else).  I looked and looked for someone in our budget that I loved.  We finally decided on someone even though they were slightly over our budget.  Then my brother suggested someone who comes into Starbucks (where he works) everyday.  She ended up having a much better style and giving me a discount to fit what we wanted into our budget.  Maybe you’ll have a break through like that too sometime soon.  It makes it much more worth it in the end when you have to work harder at it.

Post # 5
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1000 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@bride21: wait a second here, so you expected to get FREE prints (which cost the photographer money btw) in addition to the FREE photo sessions you’ve been getting? Wow, sorry to be blunt here, but that sounds a little greedy.

Also, it’s become the standard for wedding photographers to only give the dvd now, no box of 4×6 “proofs” etc. You used to get that in the days of film, as it was the only way to see the images but now everything is digital and we can just put it online. You are actually kind of lucky if you do get the DVD even, as there are a good deal of photographers who don’t even give that. You just get your online gallery and when it expires, any photo you haven’t ordered from the photog you pretty much never see again. Sorry you feel you’re being ripped off.

Post # 6
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2867 posts
Sugar bee

@PassionatePhotoLady:  I actually like just getting the disk, that way I don’t end up with proofs I don’t want or know what to do with.

@OP:  It’s definitely tricky to find a photographer that has a similar perspective or view on your wedding while remaining affordable.

Post # 7
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870 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

@PassionatePhotoLady: I don’t expect to get everything free but I think that if she should charge us she should give us the prints because she never charged us before and never gave us prints before. It’s just one of those things if you pay a photographer you should get everything included. If she would do it for free I’d go print off copies myself at Wal*Mart, I don’t really care as long as I get good photos. My Fiance feels the same way. We never cared about not getting prints before but if we are paying her for the pictures we should get some prints. She did my FSIL’s wedding for free and gave them prints as well as the cd.

Post # 8
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2867 posts
Sugar bee

@bride21:  The prints most photographers give you are special and last a lot longer than walmart prints and are of higher quality.  They also are expensive.  I agree, though, if you’re paying for her services then in her “contract” she should add in the proofs.  Also, maybe she doesn’t want to do things for free anymore, people change.  Maybe she felt stretched or taken advantage of during the last wedding?  I have a cousin who is a photographer and he refuses to do family pictures anymore because some of his other family members became demanding and he was doing it out of the kindness of his heart and people were being ungrateful.  It takes a lot of effort to edit pictures.  If she’s an amateur, that’s one thing, but does she do this full time?

Post # 9
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505 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@FutureMrsChaney Have you tried looking on your local Craigslist?  We had an almost non-existent budget for a photographer and I ended up finding one on Craigslist that took photos as beautiful as the photographers that charge >$2000.  She only charged $580 at the time which included a nice package because she was just starting her business.  I feel like I really lucked out because all of the other photographers that I looked at in my price range just did not have very professional looking pictures.

Post # 10
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870 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

@beekiss2: She doesn’t doesn’t do it full time but she is a pro. She has her own website with at least 6 weddings done, over 20 couple pictures, some senior pictures, a few galleries of nature picts, etc. I don’t expect her to go all out for free but if I am going to pay I want the whole deal. If they won’t do prints maybe her husband, my FI’s brother, can video tape the wedding? I don’t want to take advantage of her yet I don’t want her giving me a raw deal either.

Post # 12
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2867 posts
Sugar bee

@FutureMrsChaney:  Ohh, trickiness. Yeah, craigslist makes me uncomfortable, too. 

Post # 13
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505 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Oh, well, it was just a thought.  I think I just got lucky.  She is also very versatile in her packages, though, and she had a professional website.

Post # 15
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2867 posts
Sugar bee

@FutureMrsChaney:  Weird, did she give a reason why?  Does she want the copyright b/c I thought she gave that up when she gives you the proofs?

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