Hi ladies. I was hoping to get some insight on photographers from the Finger Lakes region. I looked through the recommendations post and will be scoping out the suggestions.
The frustrating problem we're dealing with right now is the pricing. My fiance and I met working at summer camp way back when and a girl we used to work with is now a professional photographer working out of both Syracuse and Rochester. We had already met with her, dicussed our wants and needs and settled a price. We chose to hold off on placing a deposite with her until after Wedding World at the Geneva Ramada this weekend, just in case. But her prices that we settled on were absolutely unbeatble. But she just informed us that she's taking some kind of photo advertising job at Disney World and is moving to Florida. We had already pretty much budgeted her price into our wedding budget. In case you're curious, we were getting five hours coverage, two disks of photot (high res and low res), rights to our photos, and 15 edited/finalized prints for only $800. Now if we want to use her we'd have to pay her travel expenses, which is just ridiculous. I wouldn't pay to fly her up and put up for the weekend. We're hoping to find another photographer for around $1500 or less, which is seemingly impossible. It's just frustrating because we had budgeted with her prices in mind and now we have to make the changes. And it seems most photographers don't post their prices on their websites. So I was just wondering who you ladies used and what you got for the money you spent..?
Also, I never did introduce myself! My name is Courtney and I'm originally from Baldwinsville. My fiance Rob is originally from Liverpool and we met forever ago at Camp Talooli. We've been together a little over three and half years and moved to Geneva last fall. We're getting married in Geneva, on the lake, because most of his family lives in Tennessee and Mississippi and my family is in New Jersey. This is a good way for us to get everyone to come see our cute town and the house we just bought. Even though we aren't getting married until June of 2013, we're trying to get vendors booked early so we can have time to save for all the final payments and have solid number for what we will owe well in advance. Also, June is crazy popular, so we want first dibs on good vendors!
This board is probably the best tool I've managed to find as far as planning resources go, so thank you all!