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as long as youre meeting in person and they can give you a receipt on the spot i wouldnt have a problem. its not my place to judge how someone runs their business. if its someone in mexico it could just be because it is more problematic when it comes to a check clearing from the states. not much difference in giving cash and getting a receipt and paying with a check in my opinion.

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Apparently cashing checks is a bit of a hassle for our Mexico vendors. I was able to transfer money into Maye's (our coordinator) bank account through Wells Fargo and she actually paid my deposits for me. My photographer, then sent me his receipt which also serves as his contract. The whole transaction took less than 10 minutes.

 

Wire transfers are too expensive.. $40 or so international. For me, that would add up too quickly.

 

Perhaps a traveler's check or money order so you have a record of sending?

 

I would find out if you could get his bank account number and deposit money from the US.. Bank of America and Wells Fargo will let you walk in and deposit.

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since it sounds like it is Juan then - i think he's the only male photog on this site that a handful of people have used - i'd say you're probably safe. but i am guessing paypal is anther option - that should be easy for both sides! i paid my photog (Leigh!) by CC

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We did a wire transfer, becuase I was having issues with Paypal. I would only do cash if it is someone with a really good rep and you trust him. If it is Juan Carlos, I would say go for it!

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Originally Posted by Ali0624 View Post
I have a question about deposits with the photographer specifically. How did you make your deposit: check, cash, other? Our photographer suggested making the deposit in cash, but I wanted to check if this is common. Thanks!Click the image to open in full size.
I recommend paying by credit card (paypal)--that way, if there's any problems with the photographer and his services, you have a recourse. I'd be careful about paying by check or cash.

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