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#1 TheBHolders

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Posted 02 December 2014 - 01:03 PM

Hi Ladies,


I am in the process of trying to find a photographer and videographer for our wedding. We prefer them to be from the same company or be willing to "be from the dame company" to have one outside vendor fee, if we are unable to get day passes. What is the typical retainer fee for these types of services? I have seen 20% to 50%. I certainly think 50% is a little hefty of a deposit and a lot of money to put down over seas. I'm just wondering what is the average deposit I should expect.



So far 79 adult guests + bride and groom + 13 kids = 164 room nights. Focused on planning without stressing.




#2 LauraM

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Posted 03 December 2014 - 07:58 AM

I put down 50% for Del Sol in Cancun... I would also be skeptical of such a large down payment overseas if it wasn't for so many American/Canadian positive reviews. Definitely do your research before paying anything.

#3 Moments That Matter

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    Posted 04 December 2014 - 07:00 AM

    We're happy to reserve your date with a $500 USD deposit and signed contract.


    We frequently field inquires well in advance of a year, so advise our wedding couples to nail down their date with a professional photographer as soon as they've confirmed it, to ensure availability.


    You can hire us with an minimum package to start with - and get your date booked on our calendar.

    Our photographer reserves your entire day exclusively for you, so is available if you wish to add more hours to your package later on. 


    Our premier photographer is happy to connect via phone or skype to meet "face to face" and extends this personal invitation in his own words....


    "This is Lincoln at MTM Photography.


    I am the lead photographer for all GOLD packages and owner/founder of the studio. I would love to sit down and meet you to talk about your wedding day and plans.


    I personally edit all the images that we create here at MTM.

    It doesn't matter if i capture your day or one of my talented photographers is there. I do this because it's amazing to sit down after a session and re-live the entire day.


    The emotion and feelings. It's something I truly enjoy and I look forward to working with your images.


    Many photography companies hire people to edit, or send your images away.

    I feel this is why MTM is different.

    I want to be the one who personally creates all the images we produce. I'm not doing it for money... I'm doing it because this is my labor of love. Do something you love and you will never work a day in your life!!!!


    I invite you to share your contact number and I will personally call you back. I want to meet you... talk to you... help you... and put your mind at ease planning a photo session so far away from home. Let me know the best time for a call so we talk!!"



    We have been ranked #1 out of almost 100 local photographers in the Mayan Riviera from Cancun to Tulum for the past year!!! We are photographers who follow our passion! This is not our "jobs"... this is what we love and it shows!


    People love MTM Studios because they feel our passion for what we do.

    Creating beautiful images just for them is the most important thing on our minds!

    Its not a job... we really love what we do!!!

    Check out hundreds of reviews from the people we have met and read about our passion for making your day perfect!!!!  


    MTM Reviews


    Wishing you happy research, and all the best with your plans - cheers!!! team MTM :)


    Edited by Moments That Matter, 04 December 2014 - 07:16 AM.




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    #4 rachelia160

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    Posted 05 December 2014 - 06:11 AM

    I only paid an $100 dollar deposit for Photos in Cancun.  Overall I felt their prices were very reasonable, and they have absolutely raving reviews.  I'd definitely check them out.

    #5 LisaAnthonyPoppy

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    Posted 06 December 2014 - 08:21 AM

    I paid 35 % down for Gonzalo Nunez!
    He is seriously awesome!!!

    We hired him for photographs and then our TTD session two days later I paid 35% for as well.

    He was the most down to Earth and accommodating photographer I have had the pleasure to interview out of the top few whose work really shined.

    I was really nervous hiring vendors bc some vendors ask you pay 100% in advance 2 weeks before weddings!!!

    I started a topic like this a few months back... your welcome to read, a few responses were helpful.

    Trust your gut!!!
    Congrats :)

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