Post # 1
So, I checked out probably about 40 photographers for my wedding. Out of all of them, the one that was probably my 2nd favorite was also one of the less expensive ones (relatively, of course–she’s still nearly $4000!), and I was very excited about that. I still need to check out more of her work than what I could see online, but it was very promising.
Unfortunately, she is not the greatest with communicating. I feel like most of the time I have to email her twice to get a response back–and it’s usually like 2 or 3 days (and for very simple things). And when she does get back to me, she usually doesn’t address one of the questions in the email (out of like, two questions!), so I have to email her back, AGAIN–so it ends up being a week or more than that to find out really simple things, like her address!
There aren’t a lot of reviews of her–almost none. But there are a lot of comments from other photographers talking about how much they love her work (and her work IS amazing!), but she must be pretty new in doing weddings.
My second choice photographer is substantially less expensive, but I don’t love her work as much–although I don’t think I would be “disappointed” with her work of have a big regret afterwards–but I do know I love the other one’s work a lot more.
What should I do??? Should I take her lack of communication as a bad sign? Should I just be more patient? I want to make a decision within the next week, so I am not sure what to do!!!
Post # 3
I would talk to her about your concerns. Maybe call her and leave her a message along with an email. She may just be very busy. Although, you may want her to return your messages immediately, sometimes with workload, family, etc, it may take a couple days for a response. 24 to 48 hours; excluding weekends and holidays, in my opinion, is not to long to wait for a response. It is aggravating, to be sure, but not uncommon.
Post # 4
There could be many many reasons.
– maybe she’s only part time and has a F/T job plus possible kids?
– maybe she only goes to her emails every other day and focuses on editing the other days.
– maybe she’s newer and still finding her groove.
There’s loads more, talk to her, listen to her answer, and follow your heart. It’s ok to go a day or two without hearing back… Especially over a weekend. Most pro’s take friday or monday off and are working out of the office on Saturday so over the weekend it can mean 3-4 days away from email.
If you really love the other photos more though… that is where your question should lie. Don’t settle, get the ones that make your heart sing.
Post # 5
If you are willing to put up with asking the same question repeatedly and waiting for follow-up, then go for it. But, if it will drive you batty, then it may be worth it to select the other photog.
I’d also ask her how long she’s been doing weddings, and how many she does a year. Maybe that will give you a better idea of why there are so few reviews. You could also ask if she has some recent clients you could talk to re: referral.
Also, think about if her answers are satisfactory to you. Keep in mind that you will likely not be asking very many questions post-booking.
I don’t think a 2-3 day wait time is unreasonable – but I would get annoyed if I had to keep reasking questions if my first questions weren’t answered (and this happened repeatedly).
Post # 6
I think communication is an important thing with the bride and photographer, they need to stay on it and get back to there clients as quickly as they can. I am a firm believer in this when you own your own photography business, I get back to them that day of next. I am constantly checking my email.
Like the others have said, their might be many reasons why she is not getting back to, December can be a busy time for us photogs, but if you are her client she should be doing all she can to put your mind at rest. Being a bride you can go a little crazy with all the planning and appointment to meet vendors. Just be carful nothing worse then the wedding ending and after a couple weeks still not being able to get a hold of her. Maybe ask for a reference of another bride and see what they have to say about her. I have done that for some of my brides.
Jason A. Burns
Post # 7
I’m a photographer and can help you on this one. I would call her and say ” we are looking to do a 20 minute call since we are nearly ready to book someone ” . This will get you on her radar as a strong potential client ( sometimes we have a hard time telling who is a serious buyer and who is still at the beginning of planning ) .
Post # 8
Thanks for the advice….I might go ahead and ask her for a reference–just to see what others’ experiences have been. I have a super, total favorite photog, but he might as well be a million dollars, since he is way out of our budget.
Post # 9
If you don’t mind me asking, what kind of photography style do you like? In my search I found a good few that were around 3-4k in the la area.
Post # 10
I think I am looking for a style that is largely photojournalistic — since I know neither of us love posing for photos. But beyond that, it’s kind of an “I know it when I see it” type of thing. There are a lot that are pretty similar to the ones I like, but maybe had a slightly different style of post-processing or capturing emotion that I viewed as totally different.
One of the photogs that I loved but was out of my pricerange is Chenin Boutwell– http://cheninboutwell.com/weddings/ Another fav (also, out of pricerange) is Bobby Earle: http://bobbyearle.blogspot.com/ . If he had been in my pricerange I probably would have booked him on the spot!
I do really love the one I am likely to go with & her prices are fantastic for what you get–the only thing holding me back from sending the deposit right now is that I don’t think she is the best for candids (at least compared to some of my other favs), but I don’t know that I have ever seen better portraits than what she does.
Post # 11
Your price range seems really fair. Have you put out an ad for a photog in craigslist and possibly the classified section here? There are tons of photographers who are in other areas that are willing to travel…just to throw another kink in the works 😀
one of my fave photogs is http://www.folaadewole.com/blog (I know she’s willing to travel)
you may also want to check out klp2010… she’s a bride as well as an AWESOME photographer (shhhhh she doesn’t really advertise her photography here)…
same goes for onada….
as far as not being able to get in touch with your photog, i think that’s bad business practice honestly. i’d hate for it to be after your wedding and you to be waiting for your album forever…
Post # 13
- Wedding: May 2010 - Carlouel Yacht Club
My photog travels everywhere…and he’s definitely “different,” which is why I was drawn to his work! And as for the communication issue, we are constantly in contact via Twitter, phone, email, etc…take a look! He is in your price range, and his packages include unlimited time on the day of the wedding (which was definitely a selling point for me)!
Post # 14
Does anyone know someone who has used Denise Bovee? Her work is amazing, but I don’t see any reviews or anything by anyone who has used her…
Post # 15
I did a quickie search for her and it looks like one of the weddingbee pros has taken shots of her (not really an example of her work ethics, but it’s always good when another pro links ya)…
huh looks like she’s just newer but she’s really good…(i’m a stickler for trying out someone newer, but only because I just opened my business earlier this year and I oftentimes work harder for and with clients than people who are more established…)
Post # 16
hope this all works out for you! Definitely need to be able to communicate well with your vendors!