Photography question, what do you think of this?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@BurlapnLace:  I met with my photog, videographer and DJ at a restaraunt/coffee shop. I think that’s pretty standard.

 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

@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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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
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88 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

All the photographers / Videographers we have met and the one we chose never had an office. We always met at Starbucks.

 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@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 # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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
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Bumble bee

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@BurlapnLace:   Our photographers met us at a coffee shop.   

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