How well do you know your photographer?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: How well do you know your photographer?
    They're a close friend/family, so very well : (10 votes)
    9 %
    We're friendly, but not FRIENDS : (40 votes)
    37 %
    Strictly a business relationship : (52 votes)
    48 %
    Other (explain in comments if you want!) : (6 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 3
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I’ve noticed this too. my solution: in December, I’ll call my photographer and ask her out to lunch with me and FH so we can get to know one another. Even just one lunch before the wedding will go a long way I think

    Post # 4
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    649 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    @phishy179:  Eh, that’s probably part of the recap spiel? Look how sentimental and personal I am, and I am also an awesome photographer! This couple is truly in love and look how I captured it!

    I don’t perceive (the majority of) those kinds of comments as authentic. 

    We were friendly with our photographer, but it was just business. We met her for the initial booking, our engagement session, and the wedding itself. 

    ETA: I might actually feel awkward if my photographer had a recap like that. I’d be like, uh. You barely know us.

    Post # 5
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    3978 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @phishy179:  We hired them ona business level but seeing as we hired them 15 months out, we chat sometimes, I tell them which pictures I love on their blog from other weddings, etc. Plus after the day of the wedding (10+ hours) you really get to know them!

    Post # 6
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    2675 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

    Our photographer is a friend of one of my friends, so we had a lot to talk about and a lot in common. As friendly as we are though we’re not friends outside of this buisness transaction. She’s a great photographer, had excellent reviews, the price was right too.

    Post # 7
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    498 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I didnt know my photographer before the wedding but we definitely texted and emailed eachother frequently during the whole planning process. We have become pretty good friends during the whole process and still text/small talk, even though our wedding is done and we have received our photos. The engagement photos and day of the wedding was like hanging out with long term friends all day, the relationship we developed during the process definitely helped in feeling natural and comfortable in front of the camera on the day off. It helped that they were very close in age with H and my self.

    I know our photographers (they are a boyfriend/girlfriend team) have become pretty good friends with a few other clients, and still keep in touch with them and do maternity and photos shoots for them (even though they are strictly wedding photographers.

    Post # 8
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    3557 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    We had an hour and a half meeting with our photographer so he could get to know us and figure out what we want for our wedding. It turns out we have a lot in common even though we live in a different state than the one we’re hiring him in. It turns out his son attends the university I work for, he proposed to his wife in the park down the street from where we currently live, he attended the same university as me for his undergrad, he attended FI’s university for his master’s, and his major is in a science similar to the one I work in. We really hit it off at our meeting and it feels like such a small world even though our wedding is hundreds of miles from where we currently live. Another awesome thing is that he just happens to be travelling to our town to visit his son next month and is willing to shoot our E-session while he is in town at the same park he proposed in. I don’t think we could have lucked out any more than we did.

    Post # 9
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    3813 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

    Ahh I think it’s definitely something that photographers do to dress up their blogs and make their posts seem more personable and everything.  I’ll bet your photog will wax lyrical about how you guys are some of her fave clients and everything 😉  That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s insincere of course, but I think photographers’ blogs and social media posts embellish their relationships with their clients a lil’ bit just because it’s good for their image.

    Post # 10
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Our photographer is one of my mother’s work colleagues. They do Public Relations (PR).

    Post # 11
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    448 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    Ours is the brother of a friend of FI. So it’s friendly and not strictly business but we dont know each other socially. So are kind of friendly in the way we talk and things

    Post # 12
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    1771 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    This is the little blurb my photographer put on her blog for our engagement photos:

    Mr. Karaoke and Ms. Karaoke are such a sweet couple. We had a great time walking around and taking photos. These two are so naturally lovey, and that makes these photo sessions so much fun! I am really looking forward to photographing their wedding day!

    I’d never met her before our initial meeting, and the e-pics were the second time we’d met face-to-face. She still managed to write something nice and personal for our e-pic recaps, so I think it’s just a thing photographers do regardless of how well they actually know you 🙂

    Post # 13
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    1013 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    My photographer was a high school friend… not a close high school friend, but someone I hung out with a lot at school. We didn’t stay in touch other than FB after high school, but she started her business and I kept seeing her photos in my newsfeed, so I thought of her when I was looking for a photographer.

    Post # 14
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    11668 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @phishy179:  I think they all say those things regardless, at least ours did.

    Post # 15
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    2851 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    My photographer is a high school friend of my FSIL/BM. While I didnt know her, FSIL does and that makes me more comfortable.

    Post # 16
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    1071 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - Greenbrier Country Club

    My Photographer has been nothing but awesome. She reached out to us and took us to lunch to get to know us better. She even invited us to her baby shower.
    She is definately going that extra mile to win our hearts. At this point, we plan to use her for all our future photography wants 🙂
    Soooo… I do believe she does have personal relationships with all her brides.
    I don’t know if this is normal though.
    You mentioned that you haven’t met your photographer face to face though… you didn’t do engagement sessions? I would try to meet her and go over the shots you are wanting.
    face to face meetings really make things more personal, and she can suggest some shots she may like, which would excite her.

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