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OK...so, as I've mentioned we decided to scale back, and just get married on our own throwing a big AHR later in the summer. I feel good about that, and I've been so stress free since making the decision, so I know it's the right one.

 

HOWEVER, when we started talking about what our real needs were vs. what we were doing for everyone else's sake, I realized that I was NOT willing to forgo getting good pics. Like a lot of other ladies I've seen here on the board, I found myself looking forward to the day after/TTD pics even more than the wedding pics. (yes, I know..insanity) ANYWAY, we decided to still let someone from Claudia Rodriguez's team do that session for us, and I've been happy, FH has been happy...fine.

 

Well, we want a lil' more...extensive shoot than the usual frolicking on the beach, though we definitely want beach shots (and lots of 'em) too. So, FH had the idea of doing some of the shoot in one of the cenotes. Still happy, still great. Love all the cenote shoots I've seen.

 

Now the ouch part...$1200.

 

It IS going to be more than two hours with transportation (which is included)..so I really shouldn't be so awe struck, right? Righthuh.gif lol

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Yeh, that is a bit of an ouch, but I guess you have to look at (1) how important it is to you and (2) what all is included in the shoot.

 

If the TTD is high on your priority list then I'm sure you could probably scale back something else (especially since you are just focusing on the two of you) to really make that happen.

 

Someone once said to me (on here, of course) that you can make the money back that you spent...but you can't go back and have your wedding over again to do something you regret you didn't.

 

Good luck in your decision!

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Do you already have a contract signed? If not, I would say it's worth checking with other photographers. It sounds like a fun idea that a lot of photographers would love to do!

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Ooh, that is a little bit of an ouch. If it makes you feel any better my ttd is more than that and we aren't doing a cenote. lol I just feel like after you leave, and when your memory starts to fade, the pictures are what you are going to have to remind you. With that said, you probably can find a way for it to be a little less expensive, but for me, the pics are most imporatant and I'd even be willing to not feed anyone at my wedding to be able to afford them! rofl.gif

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I had a good photographer for a reasonable price. However, looking back we somehow managed to not get any photos of the two of us alone together on our actual wedding day.

 

In my experience, it will be well worth it for you to go ahead and do this if it something you really want.

 

I made a few compromises and occasionally find myself thinking that maybe I shouldn't have.

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I feel that it is reasonable. Remember in cenotes it takes really great equipment, experience and the photographers get wet! You should watch Del Sols video on a cenote shoot so you can see all that goes into it. My opinion is that, if you get all of the rights, you are getting a great deal!

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I don't think the photographer getting wet should really make a difference in the price. Some might argue that it's dangerous (might drop the camera), but that's what insurance and a back-up camera is for. Plus, if they are a member of Nikon Professional Services or Canon Professional Services Etc, I don't think they can really argue that they are worried about equipment since NPS & CPS can overnight just about any replacement equipment.

 

We just spent 8 hours in a river in the mountains a few weeks ago. The water was probably high 40˚ to early 50˚F and we had no problems. Your body sort of numbs to it, but you won't freeze.

 

Why not just ask for a break down of the price quote? Then you could see what the majority of the cost is and figure out if there is a way to bring that cost down.

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I understand about wanting great photography, but if I was you I would splurge on the wedding day photography, and get somebody cheaper for TTD.

 

Don't get me wrong, TTD pictures are awesome, but the wedding day is obviously a lot more special than a TTD session.

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