Post # 1
I have fallen in love with a photographer but she isnt from our area. We are having everything in Iowa and she is from kansas city but I love her photos and blurb on her philsophy on photography. Now I have yet to contact her to see if she travels at all because everyone keeps telling me that I should just choose someone locally. The thing with that is no matter how much I look I cant find someone that I am just wowed by with their work. Our photography is a gift from our parents so we have a very generous budget so price doesnt matter all that much. I was curious if anyone had a photographer that had travel from another region to them or one that they hadnt met before?
If we do chose to use her we would most likely take a weekend trip down to do engagement photos with her but would put in a contract before hand because Im sure she books fast.
Post # 3
- Wedding: October 2014 - Church
@anemone681: I think I would want to at least Skype with someone to get a feeling before booking. Talk to them and see them.
Post # 4
I didn’t meet my photographer until the day she showed up for my wedding. We had an extended phone conversation and I knew she was the right one. A week before my wedding, we had a skype conversation to discuss my priorities for the wedding. Just trust your gut and do your research.
Post # 5
Mr TTR & I Eloped to a Destination Wedding… so we never met either the Officiant or the Photographer before hand (talked to one by Email / Phone, and the other we saw some on-line samples of their work)
Now IF I was planning a Traditional BIG White Pouffy Family Wedding with all the fixings, I might have worried a lot more… and truly wanted to meet one on one, and have a run-thru / test drive (such as an Enagement Shoot)
BUT I do believe that you can learn a lot by looking at a Photographer`s Portfolio, Reading On-Line Reviews etc.
Hope this helps,
Post # 6
@anemone681: I wouldn’t. Getting along with a photog, feeling a general rapport is important, and getting comfortable is important.
Post # 7
I had to I am having a DW so pretty much all my vendors are based on images of their work, feedback from other brides, and my gut feeling. I talked to my photogrpaher on the phone
Post # 8
@anemone681: i’d want to make sure I had a conversation or 2 with them, i met one photog – loved his work and his price but i couldn’t have a conversation with him – it was just uncomfortable, and for me to not want to talk to someone is seriously weird.
Post # 9
I did !! I’m getting married in my home city, which is not the city I live in now. So I booked our home city photographer without metting her, because we wanted to make sure we could book her because she is AH-MAZING!! However, we talk frequently, so it feels like I know her haha. We booked her in May of this year, and still haven’t been able to meet with her because we never visit our home city longer than a day or so. Probably won’t officially meet her until March. But i’m not worried at all.
Post # 10
I would probably have a few phone conversations with her prior to booking and after it’s just unlikely to have a face to face meeting
Post # 11
I had to because it’s a destination wedding. I just looked at all the options and came on to the bee to make sure she really was the best. Ultimately, we will skype, but several emails back and forth and I got a good enough vibe to book and pay a deposit.
Post # 12
I did and it was a great experience.
Post # 13
I only had a phone conversation with our photographer before we booked her. While I think it is important to get along with your photographer, I think it is equally important if not more so, that you like their entire gallery. It’s easy to pick a few amazing pictures out of a wedding, but I wanted a photographer that was going to wow me with an entire wedding.
Post # 14
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
Ditto the idea about having a Skype conversation beforehand.
Post # 15
@anemone681: we didn’t meet our photographer until an hour before the ceremony! It was a destination wedding in Mexico & we just didn’t have the time or money to go down there… It worked out great- he was a funny guy that we both felt very comfortable with.