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Dedicated May 2019

Boudior Pictures

CountryBride, on April 12, 2019 at 2:42 PM Posted in Etiquette and Advice 0 8
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I am literally 34 days away from the wedding and so much to still do. I little while ago I met with a photographer of Boudoir photos. Felt very comfortable with her and I think her pricing isn't too bad....the only thing is money is very tight right now. When I made the appointment I thought I would be able to make it work but things have changed with the extra costs of the wedding. Well my appointment is next Friday 4/19/19. I still want to go through with it bc I know I wont have the courage to do it after.

My FH didn't even know we gave each other gifts. I told him some couples decide to and others don't. I told him the day I went to meet with the photographer that I was meeting with someone for his gift. He does not know its for Boudoir. Well now that I told him I was getting him a gift I cant not. Also my gift is obviously more expensive than what he would get me since he didn't even know we were supposed to give each other gifts.

I know he would LOVE this gift and its the gift that will keep on giving Smiley winking I am just struggling a lot with the cost. We are going to pick up our rings this weekend which is going to be $400 for that (paid half when ordered) And now the photo session being next week. The photographer does have a payment plan of 50% at time of session and the balance when the photos are ready. I'm looking at $970 for the package that would be the best. Is this too much? I don't know what to do. I am worried about the money and I still have to pay my bills every month. I considered borrowing some money from my FIL but they are already paying so much for the wedding. I cant borrow money from my FH for his gift and I cant ask my family.

UGH!!!! what do I do????

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Latest activity by Halle, on July 23, 2019 at 10:04 AM
  • Megan
    Super May 2019
    Megan ·
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    Like wedding photography, I think boudoir photography can vary A LOT. My wedding photographer does boudoir as well and her price was $400-$600 depending on session time. Another place that is specifically boudoir STARTS at $750 up to $1500. I found someone who did a mini session (30 minutes and 50-75 images) for $200.

    If money is tight, I think $970 does sound like a lot. Is it possible to find another photographer who can do them for you for less cost?

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  • Mrs. S
    Master November 2019
    Mrs. S ·
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    My package was $450 for hair makeup and 60 photos. But at this point you’re on a time crunch bc it takes time to print and ship your order. If it were me I would keep looking and tell him you need a little more time to work on it. I’d have a hard time paying $970.
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  • Iva
    Super September 2019
    Iva ·
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    Where are you based? I’m in NYC where everything is crazy expensive & $970 for boudoir photosession sounds too pricey, unless you’re being shot by a very well known, awarded photographer.
    Did you get quotes from other photographers to compare? Can you get a smaller package from your photographer? I personally think you’re overpaying, especially since you’re currently tight financially. I would definitly NOT borrow money for this. Try looking for other photographers! You still have time, if you get some other quotes asap.
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  • CountryBride
    Dedicated May 2019
    CountryBride ·
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    The package includes 2- 4 outfits, hair and makeup, 25 photos and 8 x 10 photo album. Apparently the session is one price and the purchase of the pictures for the album is another price. Is this still too expensive?

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  • Iva
    Super September 2019
    Iva ·
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    I really do think it’s too expensive, especially since your finances at the moment are tight as you mentioned. In NYC, I don’t see myself paying more than $500-700. Again, unless you are hiring some award winning photographer. Number of outfits changes has little to do with the price, more relevant would be length of the shoot & number of retouched photos (you mention that’s 25, which is not a lot). I would exclude photo album & do my own hair & makeup (I prefer to do it anyway lol, but it’s also a great way to save), or look for other photographers that you can afford more comfortably. Good luck!
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  • Rachel
    Super July 2019
    Rachel ·
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    What do you get included with $970? I’m also in a high COL area and I think that’s way too much. If it were $600 or less then I could agree that it was maybe a fair price
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  • Pirate & 60s Bride
    Legend March 2017
    Pirate & 60s Bride ·
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    1) Can you cancel? 2) If so, can you ask her about a lower package because finances are too tight and otherwise you may need to cancel and you really don’t want to?
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  • Halle
    Devoted November 2019
    Halle ·
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    I would def try to look into someone else if possible I feel like that is way too much!! I know areas matter as far as cost so it doesn’t surprise me that I’m only paying 150 mine is without hair and makeup tho just the shoot and photos . I still think that is ALOT . Maybe research around. I mean do a smaller package with someone else with one outfit and not as many photos ? Idk how the photographs are where you live 😪. Lastly freelance websites you could hire a photographer and get a hotel room and do them there and that may still be cheaper than you’re paying . I hope I this helps !!
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