Post # 1
Just wanted to get some insight on this.
My Fiance and I are trying to nail down a wedding photographer. I am looking into the photographer my friend is using because they are significantly cheaper than other photogs in our city. The annoying thing is they live waaaay out in the middle of no where, about 40 min drive from the city (a spot where they’d have a drive to meet clients practically anywhere) and they want us to drive 30 min to meet them “half way” (obviously not halfway).
My Fiance is not impressed by this, because he says if they want our business they should go out of our way to try and get it, and regardless of whether or not they are cheaper it reflects poorly on their business practices. Which I sort of agree with.
On the other hand they are also a LOT cheaper than most other photographers.
I understand that most vendors charge for places outside of their radius, etc, but as I said, they live in no mans land, so they’d have to travel to get anywhere anyway.
I guess I just want to know what others would do in this position.
Post # 2
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
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
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
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
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
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
You’re not even technically a client yet. I would go to them, at least for the consultation.
Post # 9
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
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
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
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 # 13
mrsfancycups: ah I am so dumb not to have thought of this! Just set up a FaceTime consultation!
They really are a better deal either way, they only charge $1200 for 7 hours, 2 shooters, and a complimentary 1 hour engagement shoot.
Thanks for the suggestion.
Post # 14
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
you should be the ones driving.