(Closed) ‘Won’ a photo package at the bridal show

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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627 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Hm, I guess you’ll find out when they respond.

I won a free engagement session at a bridal show as well, but it turned out we were the only people who won and there were no strings attached. It worked out prefectly because we had actually already bookd our wedding photographer but didn’t get engagament photos through them!

I am usually skeptical about these things too, but sometimes it does turn out to be the real deal! I hope it all works out for you!

Post # 4
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307 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Ya..I got one of those too last year after a wedding show. I don’t remember the name of the company, but I do remember having a sneaky suspicion that I wasn’t the only one who “won” a photo package.

Post # 4
Hostess
16215 posts
Honey Beekeeper

I know what you mean about feeling like every bride “won” the prize, and I’d also expect them not to give a free engagement shoot. It sounds like it’s a perk of booking a wedding package with them, unfortunately. But maybe we’ll be pleasantly surprised!

Post # 5
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7587 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@smiles4jo:  Lots of vendors after bridal shows will call and tell you that you “won!” However, it’s usually a scam. It’s something they offer everyone and not usually an actualy prize.

I’m a wedding vendor and I don’t play those silly games. I give coupons for discounts to every one that’s there and I actually do give one full free service. I always suggest that you question a vendor before filling out their forms. Some people do it just to add names to their email data base and then send you tons of junk.  Be careful! 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

Yeah, I am sure everyone that filled out a card won something.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

I can’t speak for any business other than our own, but I don’t understand why everyone automatically is assuming it’s a sinister lie?  We did a bridal show this year, drew a name out of a jar randomly, photographed the whole process, and announced the winner’s name.  There was only one winner.  We had the terms of the free engagement shoot explained.  There were no strings attached, and we most definitely didn’t have the time and resources to do a free shoot for everyone that had signed up. Guess we’re old fashioned.

Post # 9
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554 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

OMG one of my best mates won a free engagement shoot at a bridal expo, and the company offered some kind of discount if she booked them for the wedding. I never even considered it being a dodgy scam they tell everyone!!

Post # 10
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3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

This could be legit. There are photogs who offer the entire shoot & dvd at no cost for a contest to 1 winner. I know a photographer who does this, she does amazing work & she announces the name of the winner on her blog or FB.

However, there are those who offer a “free” engagement shoot, but charge $100 for the cd of the pics to everyone.

Post # 11
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1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

@canthugallcats:  Even if that’s the case, as long as they are disclosing that I don’t see a problem with it. A $100 engagement session is a very good deal.

Post # 13
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554 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@canthugallcats:  That’s what happened to my friend – the e-shoot was free & they got 1 free 6×8 or 8×10, but any other photos were crazy expensive per pic.

Post # 14
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3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@continuumphotography: In my case, it wasn’t stated. I got a call that I won a free engagement session & I asked if everything was free or if I’d have to buy anything. She said it was 100% free. On her website she includes the cd at no additional charge for her engagement sessions. We finalized details & just before hanging up I asked if the cd was included (just my gut feeling) & she said ohhh… its $100 for the cd. It was the tone of her voice/ the way she said it was like she was caught. I canceled & later she said that the past 4 people cancelled when she said that.

@mcgoo: That’s one business model for photographers (they have a cheap or no cost session but the way they make $$/ stay in business, is by charging for the photos). I don’t have a problem with that. However, IMO if you “win” an engagement session, its different & you should get it for free. Did your friend do the photoshoot with them?

@smiles4jo: I dislike things like that, makes it sound like you get something for free & you don’t. They should have worded “$500 off any photo package (all packages include free engagement shoot)” or something similar.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@canthugallcats:  My friend did do the e-shoot with them on Sat 28th Jan. (I remember the date cos the day after we all went to a bridal expo & my friend had a chat with the lady who took her pics the day before). She hasn’t mentioned getting any pictures back yet, so I’ve just dropped her a line about it.

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