Post # 1
So I’ve never hired a photographer for anything before. We met with one guy at his office, he had this whole presentation and price break down for us. It was very professional.
However there is a second guy who comes recommended from a friend I’m trying to meet with. In our email correspondence, he seems to use a lot of smiley faces. :). I have nothing against the smiley, but doesn’t that seem a little unprofessional?
Also, we’re trying to “find a place to meet” so I can only assume he doesn’t have an office. Is this standard? Like I said the only other person we met with had an office, so that’s what I’m going on.
Based on that, should we bother meeting with him or does it sound a little to scattered to bother? His photos are beautiful, but that’s all I know.
Post # 3
I met with about 5 or 6 photographers and none of them had an office. Meeting at a coffee shop, park, restaraunt, etc. is pretty standard protocol.
I am also a photographer and do not have an office.
Post # 4
@BurlapnLace: I wouldn’t jump to conclusions. I’d go meet him and maybe ask him for a few references. Give him a chance!
Post # 5
@BurlapnLace: I met with my photog, videographer and DJ at a restaraunt/coffee shop. I think that’s pretty standard.
Post # 6
@BurlapnLace: We met with bunch of photographers, and most of them did not have an office. We met at a coffee shop or something similar. Actually, whenever I heard photographers had their own office it put me on edge because I expected their prices to be higher — they need to pay for rent and overhead, etc.
Post # 7
does he have a website where you can look at his work or references? a lot of photographers work from their home / home office. I would meet with him and if he still seems sketchy then I would blow him off.
Post # 8
All the photographers / Videographers we have met and the one we chose never had an office. We always met at Starbucks.
Post # 9
@BurlapnLace: We met with our photographer in Starbucks. I think it’s a pretty common thing to do. As for the smiley faces, I do get what you’re saying, but maybe he is just trying to show how friendly he is? I would at least meet with him.
Post # 10
Yeah, we’re meeting him at a Starbucks as well.
@urbanriceball: That is VERY true, I never thought of it that way!
Post # 11
Most of the photographers we spoke to offered to come to our house to discuss. One had a studio as he does a lot of portraits as wedding photography. The most scatter-brained of the ones we met was the best photographer, the most business-like had a more professional sell but the photos had less artistry we figured he had to do the talking as his photos couldn’t. If that helps at all. Oh and the scatter-brained approach at the beginning that almost put us off ours was nowhere to be seen at the wedding where he was totally professional and very likable, and the results are stunning.
Post # 12
Depending on where you are, offices are EXPENSIVE! (and reflects in what you pay for them too) Only the more luxurious photogs I know have one. I think he’s just trying to be friendly!
Post # 13
Most photographers work out of their home. They don’t want to meet or have client meetings in their homes. They meet in public places such as coffee shops. I personally have 1 meeting place for my clients….typically a Starbucks that is convienient for both of us to travel to, a mid point. Any place that provides wifi for my ipad to show clients wedding samples.
ETA: I agree, photographers with studios – are more expensive. I had a studio for years and had to hike up my prices. I got rid of the studio because I had to get a full-time job to cover medical insurance, and I lowered my prices of my packages back down.
Post # 14
I have a home office, where I meet most of my clients (it’s at the front of my home). Depends where in the city they live. I’m super maticulous, and my house is prestine when I have clients over, but if I know I won’t have time to clean etc. I will meet them at a coffee shop. I find my booking rate is higher when I have at home consultations though.. not sure why.
Post # 15
I’m a photographer who works from home, I meet all my clients at a local coffee shop – and sometimes at their venue. I don’t have any need for a studio or office outside of my home, so the overhead and costs for a space JUST to meet potential clients (who may or may not book) is a waste. That being said, I’m not a studio photographer, I’m a natural on-location photographer (if studio is your thing, that’s okay, just not mine) so I would have no income (like studio sessions) to even offset the cost of it.
Post # 16
@BurlapnLace: Our photographers met us at a coffee shop.