Post # 1
we are meeting several wedding photographers for our wedding next year. who did you take with you when you had a meeting with them?? just you? your fiance? anyone else taag along? my mom wants to come with us but i dont knwo if that would be weird… haha
also how long were your conusltations with photographers any good questions to remember to ask???? please help thanks
Post # 2
Just me, it was like 10-15 minutes. I had already contacted like 50+ photographers and everyone was booked (15+ months out) so I drove to her office 45 mins away, looked through her albums and she emailed me a full wedding then I gave her the deposit and signed the contract. Just read through the contract, know what you are paying for, ask if they have insurance, how many hours and photographers, how many photos to expect and how long after wedding, how many photos are editted, how many in albums, etc.
Post # 3
The first I went with just my mom actually (me and my fiance live out of state). The next time (when we booked him) my fiance was in town so my mom and fiance came. I don’t think it is weird at all. I’m super close to my mom and she has been really helpful to me in making decisions for the wedding. Especially if she is paying for it, she should come (my FMIL is actually paying for photography and I probably would have asked her if she wanted to come if it were in state)
Post # 4
I went alone – FH came when I picked one to make sure he liked them too.
ask them about their bakup plans
(if a camera breaks, if they get sick)
ask how they backup your pictures (how many backups do they have? if their computer crashes what happens?)
those were my big questions.
Post # 5
I went with my fh, mom, and dad. Since my parents were paying for the photographer, I wanted them to have an opinion on them.
I definitely asked them all of their back up plans etc
Post # 6
Lmizzle: Myself and my FI met with him at a local Starbucks. He brought an album of a full wedding and we chatted. I asked about his experience, how many weddings he does a year…that sort of thing. FI asked more photography technique type questions as he has an interest in photography and knows more than me. We talked to a few photographers via email and most were booked! Out of the 3 we got who were available, one was much more expensive than the other two and we didn’t like her stuff any more than the others. We didn’t end up meeting with our second choice as liked the first guy so much and he really knew his stuff.
Post # 7
It was just my husband and I. I think it’s fine to bring your mom along if you think the two of you will benefit from her opinions and any questions she might want to ask.
Post # 8
Lmizzle: My fiance was supposed to go with me but was sick so my FMIL went.
Post # 9
My husband and I went alone to everything except my dress appointments. We never invited anyone to come us, our family is way too opinionated.
Post # 10
My groom went with me to meet all of our vendors, but we didn’t take anyone else.
Post # 11
Lmizzle: FI and I went to meet with our photographers. I’m glad no one else was there – it would have been a huge distraction for us. The consultation was just under an hour.
Before meeting with them, FI and I looked at their web site in detail, so we were prepared to mention certain images that we both really liked. We discussed our venue, our wedding style, the time of day for the ceremony, the expected number of guests. We talked about their equipment, lenses, back up procedures, and asked if they had any dietary concerns since they will be seated with our guests. Oh, yes, and we looked at sample album styles.
Post # 12
Your photographer is expecting to meet you and your fiance. You two are supposed to be the clients, not anyone else. I think it’s a mistake not to bring your partner even if he/she says they don’t have an opinion about the photography, and I think bringing parents or a third party can make the meeting very awkward for the photographers. If you are going to bring someone else you should at the very least inform the photographers so they know what to expect.
Post # 13
I prefer when my couples come just the two of them to meet with me, without bringing anyone else. As I’m sure most of you know, it’s sometimes hard to make wedding decisions when you’ve got opinons coming from all different directions. I want my clients voice to be heard….and I want to get to know them, their likes, how they met, what they envision for their day. I want to get all that info without anyone else interjecting their own personal opinions into the mix.
I never have a productive client meeting when parents are there. It’s not that they are necessarily being pushy, but it becomes an entire meeting of “I think you should do this” or “You need to do that”. I want to hear what the bride/groom want. If you can’t bring your fiance, bring a supportive friend. However, leave the overbearing bridesmaids at home. 😉
Post # 14
It was about a 20 minute appointment. I went with my FI, but we didn’t bring anything with us. I wouldn’t bring your mom – this is your wedding and photography is a big deal. Parents can be pushy and not have your best interests at heart.
Post # 15
my fiance went with me both times. we had two consultations with the same photographer. the first was quick, probably 15 minutes. the second was close to an hour. but we were chatting in between wedding photography subjects. our photographer is a friend of the family.