(Closed) How many photographers did you meet with before choosing one? And…

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We met with one other person before choosing our phtographer. I let him know we had gone a different route. I think you should let people know, but that’s just me.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We met with five photographers and went with the fifth one. For the other four photographers, two of them had followed up with me after our meeting and I let them know we chose someone else. The other two did not follow up at all, so I didn’t feel a need to contact them.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

Anyone who has invested time in meeting you deserves to know as soon as possible if you’ve decided to hire someone else.  I also think you should be seriously interested in potentially hiring someone before you meet them in person, because it is a time commitment.

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Just one. I had her bookmarked long before the proposal, chatted with her via email, set up a meeting, and signed the contract that evening.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

We met with 3 different photographers and once we’d decided, let the other two know we were “going a different route.”

As far as people you didn’t actually meet with, my default would be to say no, however when I was looking at videographers, I emailed one for pricing and based on that decided they were too much for us.  A few months later they emailed me saying another person was interested in our date but we had contacted them first so still had first dibs and I felt embarrassed for not letting them know.. but maybe photographers get more business than videographers so that a pricing inquiry isn’t as big a deal?

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

We went to a bridal show and talked to several before we even started looking.  From there, I reached out to maybe 8-10, narrowed out list of prospectives down to 3 (based on package offering, style, and pricing), then met with those three.  We emailed all three that we had met with to let them know we had made a decision.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I met with three total. #1 I really liked, but was too pricey. There were also some scheduling issues. She said she was going on a family trip the week of our wedding, but was willing to change it around for me. I felt so bad I actually told her a little white lie and said a friend had offered to do our photos for us as a wedding gift. I just didn’t have the heart to say she was too expensive. Plus I didn’t want her WHOLE family to change their plans for me, I would feel so guilty.

#2 I liked, but just ok. When I really looked closely at his photos after meeting with him, I felt like his style wasn’t what I wanted. Way too candid, to the point of catching girls sniffing their arm pits. I don’t need that in my wedding album. I emailed him that I enjoyed meeting him but decided to go in a different direction. Never got a reply from him.

#3 Third times a charm! I found one that had the style I wanted but was more affordable. PERFECTION!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

just one. she’s FI’s aunt though so it’s a little bit different.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@RiverBride13:  I am 100% positive you hurt that photographer more by telling her you went with an uncle bob photographer over the truth. There is nothing we hate more than losing business to wanna be’s. There is nothing wrong with telling a photographer they were slightly out of your price range or that you decided to go with someone else.

@everyone! Please do tell anyone you meet with if you decide to go with someone else! Its a big time commitment on our part to meet with brides… And it’s just common courtesy. Do not wait for the photographer to follow up with you- it’s your job to let us know and we appreciate it regardless of your decision. I can’t remember the last time my feelings were hurt bc someone didn’t go with us.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I only met with one. His pictures were amazing and he was highly recommended so I didn’t think I needed to go see others.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

I met with one photographer and booked her. I looked at like a billion photographer’s portfolios though.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Only met one.  She came recommended from a good friend and I studied her work online.  We booked her for our epics and then we knew she was perfect for the wedding too.

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

Only met one.  Talked with a few on the telephone, and no I didn’t let them know I had booked someone else.  I ended the conversation with “well I’ll talk it over with FI and if we’re interested we’ll contact you.”

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