Post # 1
What made you not choose a photographer you originally liked? I’m trying to improve my business, and maybe you guys could help me out. Is there something that was a deal breaker for you? Did your photographer do or say something that made you not hire him or her?
Post # 3
Bad communication and/or price point.
Post # 4
Bad grammar/spelling in emails drove me crazy. I didn’t choose vendors because of it. There’s no excuse for constant abuse of the English language.
Post # 5
Mostly price, or not having the kind of package I wanted. A lot want to sell you prints, whereas I just want the digital files.
Post # 6
@cofeegall85 yes bad communication is always a red flag. Everyone wants a reliable photographer who answers your questions promptly. I don’t like the fact that some photographers don’t post their pricing info on their site. I do, so I hope they contacted me after they saw the pricing…
@greeneyedmoon- I hate that too! I’m such a grammar nazi! I mean, if you are a professional, there’s no reason you should write like a 3rd grader.
@Soupycat- I understand the price point. I’m assuming you found this out after contacting the photographer. Customization of packages is always a must. Not all the packages fit the needs of the client. I agree with you
Post # 7
I felt like I was being spammed.
Post # 8
I always looked for many strong reviews, or at least a few reviews that made a strong positive statement. I know that a lot of photographers in the area would encourage former clients to review them on such and such page, my favorite being weddingwire.com, so if you know you were a star vendor for a client, maybe you could reach out to them and ask them to review you.
I also looked for a strong portfolio. And you definitely should have a price point comparible to other local photographers in the area corresponding to your level of skill and exposure.
Post # 9
Communication. When contacting a photographer for further information that isn’t posted on their website, such as price (annoying by the way). I expected a very quick response, 2-3 days max. If they didn’t respond in that time it made me rethink them.
Post # 10
Poor communication and not really listening to us during our engagement shoot.
Post # 11
@Paigey- Before contacting a photographer, one should always look at their reviews. See what other brides say about that photographers. Google them, and see what comes up. Check out their biography, their facebook, etc. You can easily find out when a photographer is an active one, and if their clients are satisfied with their work. That way, you’ll see if a photographer is just after your money. I have blog, which I keep updated on a weekly basis, and references at the click of a button. Good point, thank you!
Post # 12
You guys are making excellent points. I do find it annoying as well when the photographer doesn’t have their prices online. It would save everyone so much time!
Post # 13
We looked at
2. Thier photos ( weather we liked there style)
3. Price and how flexible they were. Like would they change packages and adjust prices or have build your own packages.
4. how much time we got for our money (i.e we get 2 photographers and assistant one photographer we get for 6-8 hours other one for 5-7 hours and a assistant for 2550, this includes engagement session and a flash drive with all out edited photos on them)
5. The reviews. I looked and read all the reviews for any place before we even called them
6. I really honestly picked the person we got along with the most. I wanted someone who I knew I wouldnt mind if they followed me around for 8 hours.
Post # 14
I made appointments to sit down and talk to 3 photographers.
The first photographer – I wasn’t actually meeting the ACTUAL phtotgrapher, but the owners. I felt pressured like they wanted me to choose right then and there. They kept telling me that my date was poular and that they had so many people inquiring about my date. They also, couldn’t tell me WHO my photographer would be. I looked at multiple albums done by each photographer in the company. They were very nice and the photos were fine, but I didn’t like that I didn’t know who would be my photographer and I didn’t like the pressure.
The second photographer – I had met her at a bridal show and had seen some of her work that she had brought along. She drove over an hour to meet with my fiance and I on Friday during rush hour. I LOVED her photos and so did my fiance. We really clicked right off the bat and she has a great personality and is very funny and light hearted. You have to be able to get along with your photgrapher like they are your best friend since they are going to be with you most of the day.
The third photographer – He was a reccomendation from a friend of mine who works in the wedding industry. He seemed like a really nice guy, but his photos didn’t even touch the second photographers, so we decided not to waste his time and meet with him. I’m sure he’s a good photographer, but we had just found ours already.
Other photographers I talked to at the bridal show – I was looking for specific styles of photography. I wanted a mix of posed pictures and candids. One photographer told me she only did candids. That is a BIG no no for me.
Post # 15
@jadite- it sucks that your photographer didn’t listen to you during your engagement shoot. Those sessions are supposed to be fun not frustrating. While you have to trust your photographer to know where and what poses look best and natural, as a photographer, you still have to listen to what your customer wants. I personally love to capture spontaneous moments!
Post # 16
The areas that were important to me:
- Rights to print photos
- 2 photographers
- communication skills
- personality (some just didn’t mesh with us)
- amount of time the day of
You can’t impact all of that, but that was what was important to us!