(Closed) Wedding photographer won't travel for consultation?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

When you’re paying significantly less than the market value, you should expect the service will not be on par with what you’d get if you paid full price. Cheaper photographer isn’t going to give the same level of service as the more expensive one.

Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

You get what you pay for. Pay for cheap service, get cheap service. They’re cheap, so they don’t need to fight for your business. People will go to them willingly. If you want a photographer to bend over backwards for you, find one that has a much higher fee, and you’ll get a much more quality service.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee

Save everyone some time and just Skype if driving is too difficult. My bff’s did that with their photographers since they lived in the northern part of the state and it worked out fine. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

Is it a pain that they won’t meet you? Sure. But, like others have said, they probably have tons of clients who are concerned about getting better deals/saving money, and will travel to meet them.

My florist drove an hour to meet me for a consult.

On the flip side, finding a halfway point to meet a vendor isn’t the biggest deal in the world. Our photographers live 3 hours away, so we set up Skype meetings with them.

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

My vendors kiss my butt because they’re paid buttloads. Typically when it’s a great deal you sacrifice something- product, service, presentation or all of the above. Up to you whether it’s worth it to pony up more $$ for a more convenient vendor. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee

I don’t see how living 40 minutes away from the city equates to “the middle of nowhere”. I really don’t. That’s close! And having to drive 30 minutes is nothing, in my opinion. I don’t think it’s a big deal if their services are cheap.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

You’re not even technically a client yet. I would go to them, at least for the consultation.

Post # 9
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1663 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m not sure I see the problem. A 40 minute drive isn’t that bad. Shoot, my DH’s commute is longer than that. If you really want to meet with them, drive to their studio. 

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper

If this photographer is such a better deal than the others, then I would consider an extra 30 minutes just a small concession for the money I’ll save. Do you have a car? Maybe there is nowhere convenient that is exactly halfway between you two, or maybe it’s actually about halfway to the city center rather than where you physically are located.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I’d travel and meet them. Sure its annoying, but i think it helps in the long run. Keeps both parties semi happy. i would have for the photographer to have a vendetta against me due to it later.. especially on my wedding day.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

We drove 1.5 hours (each way) to meet with our photographer for our final meeting 2 weeks ago.  He’s worth it for his price and talent. 

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

You get what you pay for. We paid quite a bit for our vendors and didn’t encounter anything like this.. Even our furthest vendor came closer to us. You have to decide if the savings is worth the hassle of dealing with subpar service. 

Post # 15
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Helper bee

you should be the ones driving. 

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