Afraid of annoying my photographer with emails

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
5697 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Considering that right now and the next few months are prime wedding season I would cut her some slack. When is YOUR wedding exactly?

Post # 3
2358 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I bugged the crap out of my busy photographer. She handled me with professionalism and a great attitude. Id bet u could not behave as badly as some ppl photogs have seen in their careers!

Post # 4
995 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

xtals:  As a pro photographer I find it very disturbing that you are using your photographer’s status  as a little black book member as a testament to his or her professionalism. I have friends who are members and there is NO vetting of professionalism during the membership application process. And the only thing they look at in terms of work is if the photographer takes the type of detail shots THEY find attractive. It is also a PAID membership so they are inclined to accept just about anyone. Little Black Book is one of the biggest jokes among photography communities out there. If you want a better measure, check out ISPWP, now THEIR application process is one of the most stringent and selective as I’ve ever seen. They interview your brides AND your peers, make you prove you’ve shot at least over 50 weddings, evaluate FULL galleries of your work, etc.

Please brides, dont be fooled by this gimmick. As for the rest, honestly, in all likelihood your photographer probably already has you labeled as a problem client. Think about the fact that you are bugging them for photos that aren’t even from your wedding… I’m sure she’ll be imagining how impatient you are going to be when its YOUR photos. That, and your need to continue “interviewing” her after she has already been hired demonstrates an offensive lack of trust in her abilities. If you dont like her night shots, its too late to switch photographers without paying a high price anyway, so why waste the energy and frustration. Personally, I’d forget about it and just leave her alone. Save your pestering for your own wedding pictures.

Post # 5
4072 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I’m confused as to why you’re asking for this stuff after you’ve already booked her? My photog sent me a few full galleries from weddings in similar locations after our initial meeting well before I booked him. I wanted to see his style in all lighting and situations before I gave him a dime. Therefore I can see why she isn’t giving your request much urgency since it isn’t even about your wedding and you’re booked.

That said, she should still be a professional and get back to you in a timely manner (within that week). It wouldn’t necessarily concern me that she didn’t have any such photos, but it would concern me that she isn’t the best with communication. 

Post # 6
6048 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

It’s a very busy season for weddings.  Plus your wedding is next year ….. so even if it’s in Jan you’re still 8mos off.  I’d cut her some slack until the end of the summer.  If you like the pictures you’ve seen of hers, I’m sure it will be just fine, tell your FMIL to back off and give her something else to work on.

Post # 8
1315 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

xtals:  As a photographer I agree with most of what PassionatePhotoLady said. That’s the blunt truth of it, although I would have worded it to you in a bit different manner. Simply put this request should have been handled in the booking process, and if a client were aggressively asking for samples of photography after we had already been hired it would indicate to me that they were second guessing their decision to hire us. 

I also doubt that she is sitting at her computer deliberately not replying to you either. For a busy photographer there are so many things that pull you in different directions in respect to your time – just consider that you’re not her only client.

You said, “I recently asked her for a full wedding so I can see what her outdoor shots look like at night (I’ve seen those photos too, but wanted to see a full series just out of curiosity).” Are you confident in her abilities to take these sort of photos or are you not? If you are – then you’re just creating busy work for her. If you’re not, what will the ramifications be if you discover that maybe she’s not great with outdoor photos at night? How big a percentage of coverage is outdoors at night? Will you want to back out of your contract if you don’t like whatever work she sends? Has she already turned away business for your date? See how it can get complicated?

If you want advice on how to diffuse it I would send her a message saying in the effect that you realize she’s busy, you’re just creating extra work for her, and to not worry about it.

Post # 9
858 posts
Busy bee

I agree, cut her some slack just cause wedding season is now! But i still would resepct a response, she is running a business. At least to say, hey im busy, ill get back to you! You are a paying client and have every rigth to quesion and request information. 

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