It was quite a while ago now since we had our family film made and our family photoshoot, I still love the photos and the video but they are out of date now sadly. Harry was around 2 and a half and Emmy 5 years old.
I’ve been wanting to get another video made but due to the cost it isn’t something I can do this year, so instead I’ve been toying with the idea of a family photoshoot instead.
Recently I was introduced to Bidvine a site where you can choose the service you are looking for in your area and then you are emailed competitive quotes for that service. I thought I’d give it a go to see which photographers were available in my area and get a rough idea on the prices I would be looking at.
Firstly, you start by adding your postcode and the type of service you are looking for – a handy dropbox shows all similar and related services so you can pick the correct one for you.
Next you have to add how many people will be in your photoshoot, and then choose whether you want this in a studio, home, outdoors etc.
You then choose the type of photography you would like – it seems like a lot of questions to start but this will help to ensure you get the correct photographer for the job.
Next up if choosing the type of finished product you would like, such as: Removable Media (CD/DVD/USB), Online or digital proofs and prints, physical proofs and prints, album etc. you can choose more than one option.
Now it’s time to set your budget, this can be from under £100 to £1000 plus – I opted for £100-250 to see what competitive quotes I could find.
Lastly, you choose if you’d like to travel to the photographer or if you’d like them to come to you (handy if you have a particular setting in mind – this is what we did with our photoshoot, I picked the photographer up from the station and we all went to the woods behind my house for our shoot).
Once completed you add your email address, open an account and wait for the quotes to start coming in.
I immediately received an email stating what would happen next and am now awaiting my quotes to come through.
The first quote came through within 15 minutes of sending the request.
This service was really easy to use and you can go back at any time to change your requirements and request different quotes, and of course once you have those quotes if you change your mind it doesn’t matter there is no contract signed – you can ignore them if you wish.
I’ll definitely be using Bidvine next time I need to gather quotes for work I need doing from plumbers to domestic cleaners and dog walkers.
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