Post # 1
- Wedding: June 2013 - Country Club
Long story short, a friend of mine from high school who is in the multimedia department at the university in my hometown (big SEC school) told me about her photographer friend, who would give me a great deal on shooting the wedding. I sent him a facebook message back in September, where he told me it’d be $700 for him to shoot the wedding and ceremony, as he’s only been the second shooter at a wedding before. He told me that “you get what you pay for” (which I believe wholeheartedly) and that he would normally charge upwards of $2500 (and I think that’s crazy for someone who has never been the main photographer of a wedding).
Anyways, I said, great, awesome let’s do this. Send me the contract and we will sign our souls over. Well, he hasn’t sent the contract and it’s almost January. At the begining of this month, I asked him a couple of questions, and he responded in a way that made me think that he may not actually want to do it. He keeps telling me over and over again “You get what you pay for!” which is making me think that he is only going to do a half-assed job at taking pictures for the wedding since he is only charging us $700. He told us that would be the price, not the other way around. I asked him what he charges and he said $700 because I know our mutual friend.
I found another photographer who has shot weddings before and will throw in a free engagement shoot (which the first photographer did not) for $500. I know that wedding photography is normally super expensive, and I don’t want to hear the “you get what you pay for” from anyone on this board. The new photographer has great pictures from previous weddings, has worked with brides, and is cheaper because she’s a friend of my mom’s friend.
I’m just wondering, would you switch? He hasn’t sent me the contract and said he would around the first of November and everytime I’ve asked him questions he’s made me feel like I shouldn’t be bothering him. I’m ready to have some kind of commitment.
Post # 3
Ohhhh girl. Cut bait and forget that guy. If he can’t be relied upon to even send you a contract, he can’t be relied upon for your wedding day. He doesn’t sound like he really wants to do it, and he doesn’t sound exactly professional either. The “you get what you pay for” bit he keeps throwing at you is worrying too. You don’t owe him anything because he never sent you a contract. Go with the other photog you found or keep looking.
Post # 4
@missmorganista: I feel like he really is using that phrase as an excuse to do a really shitty job.
You’ve waited around 2 months now. Time to move on.
Btw did you compare their portfolios? How does the second photographer’s look? And I think the free engagement shoot sounds awesome 😀
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
I agree with everything the pp said. Telling your client “you get what you pay for” is about the WORST way to market yourself, and he sounds really unprofessional. Go with the new photographer.
Post # 7
I agree with the PPs. That guy will never make it in the business with his attitude. Go with the new photographer!
Post # 8
- Wedding: June 2013 - Country Club
I’m just worried that if I don’t sign a contract soon I won’t be able to find a photographer for the wedding in time, with it being only 5 months away. :s Thanks, Bees!
Post # 9
Anyone who is going to perform a service for you that says ” You get what you pay for ” should be let go as soon as that phrase is uttered. Move on!
Post # 10
@missmorganista: I planned my wedding in three months, and I was able to find a photographer and I am thrilled with our pictures. In fact, our wedding was 13 months ago and people still give us compliments on our pics 🙂 Chin up! It can be done!
Post # 11
@missmorganista: EEK! I chose the wrong option – I meant to pick “get a new photographer”.
This guy sounds unreliable at best.
Post # 12
@missmorganista: Just start looking for the new one now. Dig deeper into the search, some great photographers get lost on page 9! You have time to find one if you start now. 🙂
Post # 13
Even if that 1st photographer sent you the contract right now, do NOT go with him. If you’re having this much trouble with him handing over the contract imagine how much harder it will be getting the wedding photos from. I don’t like his “you get what you pay for” response to all your emails either, just sounds like he’s not very good & will not care if he does a bad job.