(Closed) Aggravated — though it’s making the decision easier

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Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I would honesty cut them a little slack. This last weekend was the fourth of july and most ppl travel, have family activities, or they might have been really busy …so most likely they didn’t even get your e-mail to Tues or Wed, so I would only consider it to be one day without response. I would allow atleast a week for replies.

Post # 4
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Helper bee

I agree with Floridabeachbride, I’d cut them a little slack.  With the holiday weekend, I’d give them some time to get back into the swing of things.  I know quite a few people (and business owners) who traveled for the holiday.  Not only that, but they may be busy with other work, too.  I say if you don’t hear from them by mid-next week, I’d then start to consider other options.  I’d hate for you to lose out on a great photog out of haste.  I get the same way sometimes but always manage to talk myself into looking at the whole picture and ride out the wait.

Post # 5
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Busy bee

I think it is polite to respond even if the date is full and a few vendors have done this. Several vendors we were already in contact with notified use via email that they would be taking a vacation and when we could get back to them. However, if it makes you  decision easier, you have to narrow things down somehow!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I have found it to be so annoying with vendors not getting back to me.  I’ve had a florist never get back to me, a florist call me 3 weeks later and then not respond when I called back, and a band e-mail with me back and forth several times and then fall off the Earth.  I don’t get it!  I’m with you, I give about 3 days and then I write them off.  They need to be more timely with responses.  It only takes a few minutes.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

JenO, just thought I’d throw it out there that you might want to consider what exactly you are writing in your messages to these high-end photographers. After a while in the business, many of us (photographers) have come to be able to tell who is just price shopping, and who really loves our work and will be most likely to book us.

In your case, you area probably going to be sending the “just price shopping” vibe because you already have a photographer in mind who you are in love with/half ready to book. Also, when I receive an email that consists of nothing more than “Can you please email me your prices/packages?” I get the sneaking suspicion that it’s another photog in the area scouting my prices and usually do a little research before responding.

Basically, the more interested you seem, the hotter we’ll pursue you. In part, this means we are investing the bulk of our energy in someone more likely to book us, but more importantly it’s because WE IDEALLY WANT TO WORK WITH CLIENTS WHO LOVE OUR WORK, NOT JUST OUR PRICES 🙂

A 6k-starting-price photographer once told me he has no interest in price shoppers because they aren’t the kind of people who really appreciate his work. Less appreciation means less future referrals and so on. Essentially, those high-end photogs are choosing you as much as you are choosing them. Hope this helps!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Hi Jen! I think some photographers are just super-good salespeople so by not listing any sort of price they are trying to get the initial contact and a chance to try to “sell” you. I, on the other hand, am a terrible salesperson, so I really only want inquiries from potential clients whose budgets I’m already within. I only list a starting price on my site though, because I don’t want other local photographers to be able to come look at them and copy every one of my packages while making each one $100 cheaper. I’d say 90% of photogs who only list a starting price have the exact same thinking. Other than for sales purposes, I really don’t see why any photographer wouldn’t at least give a starting price, but then again, when you go to Rodeo drive in California and shop you don’t see prices on any of that stuff either!

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