Post # 17
Ok so I didn’t really get the response back that I thought I would. She just sent me this message…
I didn’t realize you were on such a tight budget. I would be more than happy to cut you a deal and do the session for you for say $250??? That’s really as low as I can go. I can email you all the pictures too so you wouldn’t have to worry about paying for the CD and I don’t care if you print them yourself. Let me know!
Post # 18
Geez! Not the response I would have expected either! I think you should write back and thank her for adjusting the price…but explain that you have started looking around at more affordable options and you’ll get back to her ASAP if you decide to book with her.
That way the ball is in your court, she won’t be waiting on you to decide and you won’t feel obligated to explain later. I don’t know what she’s thinking…maybe she thinks that the more you charge, the better people think you are? Hopefully you guys will be able to laugh about this one day!
Post # 19
@bikinihoneymoon: I agree 100% ~ perfect response.
Post # 20
I’m still baffled about the email part. Why on earth would she want to email you the photos?!? To save money on a CD? Are her CD’s made out of gold? lol. I would ask if she would give you high-res photos, cause I can’t imagine those NOT being a pain to email.
Good luck with this situation, sounds like your best bet might be to just go with someone else.
Post # 21
She’s only really done photo sessions for members of her family so I’m sure she hasn’t had to charge many people. I am 100% sure that I won’t be going with her, even though she’s “cutting me a deal” I sent her a message that said, blah blah blah, thanks anyway… I’m really hoping she starts doing some research and sees that she is WAY overpriced, not foy my benefit but for hers.
Post # 22
HAHA @MissDoodles: You made me laugh out loud, “Are CDs made of gold?” Hers are diamond encrusted, didn’t you know?
But seriously — I would just say, “Oh, thank you so much for offering us a discount, that’s very thoughtful of you but it’s not necessary. There are plenty of reputable photographers around here that offer standard engagement photography for $200 or less, so rather than have you do us a favor, we will go with one of them. Here are a few that we are looking at, you might want to take a look at their package pricing: http://www.notcrazyphotog.com. Thanks again!”
Post # 23
@daniellemybelle– darn it!! I should have waited until I saw that post! Your response sounds so much better than mine! lol.
Post # 24
@MrsPinkPeony: If you can get a pro for the same or even a better cost, I’d go for it. I understand you are trying to keep the family peace, but I worry about what could happen next. What if you don’t like the photos? $250 is still a lot of money to spend out of obligation when you may not like the finished result. I’d be cautious.
Post # 25
@daniellemybelle: You’re so diplomatic. 🙂
Post # 26
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
I’d just let it go now. If she ever mentions it to you in person you can tell her that you booked with a pro who only charges $X for an hour. It’s not your problem to fix her business model if she didn’t ask for help; you’ll be more likely to end up in a fight this way then if you ignore it!
Post # 27
She’s insane and has not done ANY market research. Our wedding photographers are amazing and we get TWO for the whole wedding day, with rights to our photographs, 300 edited photos, 100 printed save the dates AND a 2-hour engagement session for $1500 – her price is 1/3 of that!
I think you’ve handled it much better than I would have, I probably would have laughed at her! Kudos to you, you’ve done your part to keep the peace.
Post # 28
@daniellemybelle: LOL! I literally laughed out loud at your link….too funny!
Post # 29
500.00 for e-pics is really high.. the highest I’ve seen is $300- for someone just breaking in to the industry 50-100.00 is about right. Like everyone else has said, I would just tell her she’s out of your price range but thanks. 🙂
Post # 30
maybe it was a typo.. $50 sounds more reasonable since pro’s only charge like $100 for e-pics!
Post # 31
Hmm, that’s very strange, she actually should’ve offered it to you for free, literally. Someone starting out, never charged anyone before, clueless, need to do research and evaluate her work before starting to charge anyone. Have you seen her work? Does she do a good job? Is it worth $500.00? Our photog does charge $299.00 with a pictured CD and all edits and copyright release, but free with any wedding package.
I’d say shame on her.