(Closed) When you’re interested in a vendor who’s far away …

posted 8 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
4001 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I do think travel expenses are a reasonable request if he’s traveling that far.  Especially given the fact that they aren’t paying much at all.  But, its probably hard for him to ask them, because he’s relying on word of mouth to build his rep so he almost has to bend over backwards for these clients, just to establishe himself.  However, when he is starting to book paying clients, I’d be careful asking for travel expenses.  For the most part, photographers charge an arm and a leg, to add travel fees might seem tacky, assuming you’re not going to far.  If he does do that, he should be sure to request only the amount it costs to travel there and not try to make a profit.  

Post # 4
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

If he wants to get customers, he will need to meet with them for a consult first. I would expect to either meet with a vendor at his/her place of business or meet halfway in between. Depending on the vendor, if they won’t at least meet me halfway, I would not give them a second look. If he is taking pictures at these meetings, he should be meeting them where they want the pictures taken. I would not meet with a photographer somewhere where the pictures weren’t going to be taken, if that was the purpose of the meeting.

Post # 6
1079 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think most people (and here I’m talking in general, not photographers specifically) have a few per mile for travel > X distance. Even my student videographer would do this. We met our vendors near their workplaces. I think it’s more professional for your friend to do this too. He definitely shouldn’t be out gas costs and his time for a consultation. I imagine there will be enough people wanting a photographer in Chicago that plenty of people will meet him near his place.

Post # 7
6010 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

We hired a photographer from about 2 hours away, and one of the reasons we chose him was because he was willing to travel to meet us for the consultation.  I felt like he went out of his way to accommodate us, and sure enough, he acted the exact same way at our wedding.  We liked him so much, we’ve also hired him for baby pictures this summer.  🙂

I think it would be nice if he could meet his clients halfway or at his studio instead of travelling, but I will also say that sometimes going the extra mile (literally) can change a couple’s mind on who they want to hire.

Post # 8
654 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

My photographer is about an hour and a half away from us which puts her close to 3 hours away from our wedding location. We went to her for engagement pictures and obviously she’ll come to us for the wedding.. If we had chosen to do a consultation prior (we did everything via email) I would have asked to meet her half way. But then again maybe its just me.

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