(Closed) Gut Instinct and Your Wedding

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I found a bunch of photographers and made a comparison spreadsheet of their pricings and packages and turned it over to the hubby to decide for sure (or at least narrow it down). He called one and hung up the phone with her after they chatted a bit and said “we’re hiring her” “but you didn’t even talk to anyone else” “I don’t care. We’re hiring her.” Turns out she’s AMAZING. Her pricing was the best out of all the packages which is why he called her, I think he also liked the pictures she’d posted online.  But yea they really hit it off on the phone and having a good connection with your photographer is really important. We all enjoyed chatting with her on our wedding day and I think that made it a lot more fun than if we’d just had a stiff, professional interaction.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I thought I had my dream photographer picked out until I met her in person. I cannot stress enough how important it is to meet with vendors in person. If your gut is spot on, then do it but I couldn’t make a decision on a photographer without meeting them in person. For me, it would be like ordering a cake without tasting it first.

 

One photographer whose work I loved really didn’t speak English and that wasn’t visable until we met with him in person. Why would that be important to me? We had two huge families who needed lots of instruction – if they couldn’t understand him, it wouldn’t work.

Another photographer who was really affordable kept changing appointment times last winter, I wanted to give her my money but she was just never available – this came off as really unprofessional to me.

Another photographer who did amazing photography showed up late to appointment and used super tough language – kept telling me she would “handle” the priest and church lady. Again, not professional – no matter how cool her photos were.

I’m not a good party planner but I tried my best for our budget and everyone loved our photographer’s personality. Hope this helps you with your decision 🙂

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

@sfchick:  I agree, def meet in person and at least see if your personalities and vision meshes.  Also, it’s good to see sample albums and sample work that is not online (real weddings, a real dvd that would ge representative of what you would get).  Often times, the images you get are not retouched to the same level as what is shown on the blogs.

Last, it seems that every photographer out there is AMAZING……so I think you owe it to yourself to confirm that this is indeed the case.

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Please at least ask to see a full wedding of shots before signing the contract!! At minimum, you should see that and some album layouts (if you are getting an album). It seems like you weren’t interested in meeting them, but I think it’s so important to do so – they will be with you more than anyone else on your wedding day!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m another vote for meeting them in person.  We based all of our decisions on how we felt about meeting our vendors and chatting with them face to face.  Some of them we might have liked by paper, but that face to face really told us if we would get along and have fun with them!

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Yeah I getcha. I agree to meet with them in person. That being said, we booked pretty much the first vendor we met in every category, with the exception of the venue – we went to our final venue on our way back from the first venue we ever looked at in person, which was a flop.

I don’t know if you call it a gut instinct or just an aversion to shopping around, but it’s worked out pretty well for us so far. All the vendors we’ve booked, we’ve found out either from other couples or friends-who-are-vendors in our area, are apparently amazing.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I think gut instinct is ok (with some educated opinion to go along with it.) It’s great that you got a chance to chat on the phone. Honestly, this is a pretty good indicator of personality match, and sometimes it’s your only option if your photog is out of town or your schedules never match up.

Post # 12
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I know this was posted 7 months ago, but I just booked Tyler as my photographer in December for my September 2013 wedding. I knew Tyler was a fantastic photographer by his prestigious photos and reviews, but after meeting with him and Stephanie, wow! You did the right thing, they are totally awesome. We made a instant connection with them, and booked them on the spot that day, and didn’t meet with any other photographers. This is totally based on my GUT feeling about them. I spent a year and a half looking for a photographer, having indirect meetings (emails, phone calls) with the others. Something was missing from all of them. Tyler and Stephanie are awesome people and are awesome at what they do. I am on cloud 9 that he is also my photographer. So congratulations, I think we have one of the best on the East Coast!

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