| Originally Posted by cjb0arder13 |
Grrr Tiffany is so frustrating. I'd asked her about the policy for non-resort photographers. I'm really interested in Ivan Luckie (love his pictures) but according to Tiffany, we cannot hire a photog from within Mexico, we have to bring one from the states, and they have to stay a minimum of 3 nights.
I honestly do not understand their reasoning behind this...it's not in our budget to fly someone out there and pay for their stay PLUS the photography package, and I am really not a fan of the two photographers they use.
Ugh! Karisma is kind of on my shi* list right now.
I hear ya Celina! Not liking their two choices is why we ended up flying one down even though it wasn't in our initial budget. It was well worth it and we'd do it again in a heartbeat, but yeah it can cost a lot. The policy is the outside vendor fee or a 3 night stay. With Andrew we lucked out b/c his family has a house down there, so we only paid the vendor fee. Mind you that wasn't cheap, but it is cheaper than a 3 night stay.
I'll give you what they say their reason is behind not allowing any other Mexican photographers: They say that they've worked hard to negotiate contracts with those two photographers. Not only do they need to protect their business partnerships, but it wouldn't be fair to those two if their local competition got to come in and undercut them. They would lose their incentive to partner with those resorts.
Karisma's vendor policy flat-out sucks and they went on and off my shi* list many, many times. Hang in there!!