If a wedding photography package sounds too cheap….it quite possibly is!
Occasionally I get couples requesting a price list and then returning a week later saying that they like my photos but X Studio or Studio Y are offering the same wedding photography but at half the price. Can I possibly match it? Of course I can, but I’ll hire a student with a crappy kit lens and wish them alot of luck! It doesn’t sound like a good idea – mainly because it’s not! Plus, it’s my name attached to the brand and I don’t like outsourcing my photography – I like to shoot each wedding myself!
One studio in Melbourne that will beat my prices every time is Dreamlife. EVERY time. In fact, they’re about half my prices! Yes, that would make a big difference to your budget and maybe allow for a videographer too. But ask yourself this, HOW are they making their prices so much more affordable than other photographers? Before you go any further I suggest you google ‘wedding snapper reviews’ and then ‘dreamlife melbourne reviews’ and read both sets of Google reviews. Now, I don’t think I need to add any further comments to that evidence, and I acknowledge that Dreamlife do indeed have some great reviews. Some, but not all….
I’m not singling Dreamlife out in particular. I’m just trying to make a point about doing your research in all areas before committing to a photographer for your wedding.
Are you having trouble seeing the wood for the trees? Try asking yourself these questions : What does your gut instinct say? Does it all feel too good to be true? Do you love the photos or is the fantastic price clouding your judgment? Do you feel confident handing over your hard earned cash as a deposit? Is the price too good to be true?
If your wedding photographer is too cheap, my guess is that they either enjoy eating baked beans every night or they’re cutting some major corners with either their equipment, level of ability or final product. I’m happy to be shown evidence to the contrary, but in my experience that seems to be a fair assessment of the situation.
In closing, if you like my photos but don’t have a large budget to work with, please do get in touch to tell me what you have planned for your wedding. I can promise you that I won’t be matching any of Dreamlife’s prices but I hope to be able to offer you a price that keeps both parties happy!
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