(Closed) Wedding photographer help and advice please?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
1623 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I would remind her that when you set up your arrangements, you agreed to pay for one room for her and her daughter for one night.  That is what you could afford which is why you agreed.  Now that she wants to change the plans, she will need to compensate for the additions.  This is not your fault, it’s bad taste on her part and I would stick to my guns on this one.  Be polite, but stern.  She shouldn’t be able to take advantage of you just because she is friends with your Future Mother-In-Law.  Good luck!

Post # 4
1405 posts
Bumble bee

@anon656987:  Do you have a contract?  Please say yes.  It’s very important to get a contract so the photographer is accountable for their services that you paid for.  It also sets expectations that should be mutually agreed upon including deliverables and a timeline.  I can’t stress enough that friend, family or not, you NEED a contract.

Who is this second person that she is bringing?  I’m assuming this is a second shooter.  I’d explain to her that you agreed to use her because the total cost of her services and travel fit your budget and you don’t have the money to pay for a second room.  Ask if there is any way they can share or if there is a better option that will keep the contract price the same.  I suppose worst case, you don’t get a second shooter, but if that is the case, thens he should owe you some money back.  Perhaps with that money you can hire a local second shooter for a few hours.

Post # 6
1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

Well first thing – while editing is a part of the process, most of the editing we do to our photos isn’t drastic.  If you don’t have a good foundation in the first place and have to rely on it as a crutch it’s not a good thing.  Sounds like this may be the case for this person.

Personally if it was me I’d avoid this like the plague.  Find someone else.

Post # 7
3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@anon656987:  Where are you getting married? & how much are you paying her?

Post # 8
739 posts
Busy bee

I would look for someone else, she is throwing up a lot of red flags.

Post # 9
814 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Don’t hire this person. Hire a local photography student if you have to, but do not hire family and/or family friends.

Post # 10
9548 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Honestly, this sounds like more trouble than it’s worth, so I’d probably look for someone else. But I can understand not wanting to ruffle the feathers of your Future Mother-In-Law, so if you would like to give her another chance, I would give her an ultimatum. Tel her that you agreed to1 room for 1 night and that is all you can afford. If she can’t do that then you’re sorry, but you’ll find somone else. If she cn do that then tell her you need the contract by X date. 

Post # 12
1000 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@anon656987:  I am glad you are finding someone else. Some of the sh*t these so-called professionals pull these days is nonsense. Yes, plans change sometimes, but a real professional would eat any unexpected costs. I think that’s what happens though sometimes when you get someone on the cheap. There isn’t enough profit built in for them to correct any issues like that without putting the burden on the client. Good luck, I hope you find a great student whose photos you actually LIKE!

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