(Closed) Weird to hire someone just for e-shoot and not wedding?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Worker bee

why would it be rude?

You are hiring him for a job. I’m sure there are plenty of photographers that’ll take the job. It is still money.

As for the prices, it varies, but you probably will be looking from 100-500 depending on how “professional” you want to hire.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m a photographer and I have had plenty of people just ask me to do their engagement shoots. I don’t usually ask about who’s doing their wedding unless they bring it up. I charge $80.00 for engagement sessions which comes with a CD of photos, but it really depends on the photographer…. usually the more experienced they are, the more you’ll be spending.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee

It’s not rude, but why not just ask your friend.  Engagement shots are probably a lot more in line with his actual work (newspaper photojournalism) than weddings are.  Weddings add a lot of layers of difficulty.  If you are prepared to have him shoot your wedding, the e-shoot should be a breeze.  Also, it will also give you an opportunity to sample working w/ him.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

It’s totally fine!

Lots of times brides will hire one photographer because they really like them for their wedding but they are too $$$. So they hire a cheaper one for eshoot.

Or if you don’t live where you are getting married and you want to do an eshoot local.

I’ve seen prices ranging from $250-$500 depending on the package.

Typically it’s 1-1.5hrs and 2-3 outfit/locale changes.

And I agree with @heather25:, why not hire your friend for eshoot as well? Just as I wanted to do a “dry run” eshoot with my photographer why not do a dry run with your friend? It will give him some experience in shooting people rather than more newspaper journalism. Could be a fun experience for both sides!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Not rude at all… lots of photographers just do engagement sessions!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@retroindigo:

If you do end up using him for a eshoot and he doesn’t want to accept payment maybe a generous gift card to a local photography shop for supplies? Or a restaurant, etc?

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Not rude at all!  I would imagine it’s popular for Destination Wedding as well.  We had a family friend do our e-session in our hometown since we won’t have time at our wedding location beforehand.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I did that! My wedding photographer is a friend of mine that lives in a different state. I hired a local photographer for our e-pics. And they turned out beautiful!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

nope, that’s what i did! we got them done while on vacation by another photographer, even though my wedding one includes them in her price. i’m just having her switch that one with a boudoir shoot.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Like @elliestan, we got a different photographer for our e-pics because we were on vacation (in Vegas) and wanted to get some cool shots in a different location.  Our wedding photographer didn’t include a free e-pic session and I hate to think how much more $ he’d want for it.  The Vegas photographer took over 650 pics in a couple hours and only charged us $300!

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

I don’t think that’s weird or rude at all, and I doubt the e-photographer would even ask why. 🙂

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

We have the opposite. We hired pro’s for our wedding but we’re hiring a photography student to do our engagement shoot..

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