Weddings create beautiful memories for family and friends.
A wedding photographer can get to be pretty expensive. A wedding photographer was not too pleased with a recent request that she received to come and shoot a destination wedding.
AJ The Wedding Photographer
AJ is a wedding photographer who is based out of Chicago.
She travels all across the country and shoots weddings for a living. This year alone she will be traveling to nine different states for weddings.
Request That Made Her Blood Boil
AJ was pretty fired up over a recent message she received.
The message was for a request for her to come and work a destination wedding in Cancun, Mexico. The request made her blood boil!
She shared a full screenshot of the message in the video.
The person was looking for her to come and shoot the wedding along with a videographer in exchange for travel and hotel while she was there.
What It Boiled Down To
There were many different elements to the request, but what it came down to was rather simple.
The bride was asking her to come to Cancun for three days in exchange for three days of her services.
Multiple Days Of Shooting
They were not only looking for her to come and shoot the full wedding day.
They were also wanting her to shoot four hours of a catamaran ride the day after the wedding.
Breaking Down The Offer
At the bottom of the message, she breaks down the offer of the costs.
In exchange for the three days of services, the couple would be paying her and her second shooter a combined $4,700 for flights and accommodations.
Trying To Avoid Extra Fees
They are looking for them to stay for three nights to try to avoid extra vendor fees charged by the resort.
Having her stay for three nights would help save possibly $2,000 in additional vendor fees.
She’s Not On Vacation
AJ was rather offended by the offer and said that the three days in Cancun would only be a vacation for the couple getting married.
Even though she is working somewhere beautiful, she is still working.
Doubling Up To Save Money
AJ was also very taken aback by the part where they were looking for her and her second shooter to share a bed.
If they didn’t want to share a bed, then they would offer them a cot.
Not How It Works
She said that what it comes down to is that this is not how hiring a photographer who is coming from out of state works.
The typical practice is that you would pay for their travel and services. The starting fee for AJ’s services is $6,000.
Other Professions Wouldn’t Do That
She goes on to say that non-creative services do not get offers to exchange services.
She said that you wouldn’t offer to take your dentist out to lunch in exchange for the filling they gave you.
Can’t Pay? Then Don’t Do It
AJ says that offering something like this is disrespectful and is urging people not to do it.
She says if you can’t pay for your destination wedding then maybe you shouldn’t have one.