(Closed) A Pro Photographer wants to know

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Post # 3
2216 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Bad communication and/or price point.

Post # 4
5091 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

Bad grammar/spelling in emails drove me crazy.  I didn’t choose vendors because of it.  There’s no excuse for constant abuse of the English language.

Post # 5
4369 posts
Honey bee

Mostly price, or not having the kind of package I wanted. A lot want to sell you prints, whereas I just want the digital files.

Post # 7
811 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I felt like I was being spammed.

Post # 8
1746 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I always looked for many strong reviews, or at least a few reviews that made a strong positive statement. I know that a lot of photographers in the area would encourage former clients to review them on such and such page, my favorite being weddingwire.com, so if you know you were a star vendor for a client, maybe you could reach out to them and ask them to review you. 

I also looked for a strong portfolio. And you definitely should have a price point comparible to other local photographers in the area corresponding to your level of skill and exposure.

Post # 9
1920 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Communication. When contacting a photographer for further information that isn’t posted on their website, such as price (annoying by the way). I expected a very quick response, 2-3 days max. If they didn’t respond in that time it made me rethink them.

Post # 10
292 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Poor communication and not really listening to us during our engagement shoot.

Post # 13
339 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We looked at

1. Communication

2. Thier photos ( weather we liked there style)

3. Price and how flexible they were. Like would they change packages and adjust prices or have build your own packages.

4. how much time we got for our money (i.e we get 2 photographers and assistant one photographer we get for 6-8 hours other one for 5-7 hours and a assistant for 2550, this includes engagement session and a flash drive with all out edited photos on them)

5. The reviews. I looked and read all the reviews for any place before we even called them

6. I really honestly picked the person we got along with the most. I wanted someone who I knew I wouldnt mind if they followed me around for 8 hours.

Post # 14
104 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I made appointments to sit down and talk to 3 photographers.

The first photographer – I wasn’t actually meeting the ACTUAL phtotgrapher, but the owners. I felt pressured like they wanted me to choose right then and there. They kept telling me that my date was poular and that they had so many people inquiring about my date. They also, couldn’t tell me WHO my photographer would be. I looked at multiple albums done by each photographer in the company. They were very nice and the photos were fine, but I didn’t like that I didn’t know who would be my photographer and I didn’t like the pressure.

The second photographer – I had met her at a bridal show and had seen some of her work that she had brought along. She drove over an hour to meet with my fiance and I on Friday during rush hour. I LOVED her photos and so did my fiance. We really clicked right off the bat and she has a great personality and is very funny and light hearted. You have to be able to get along with your photgrapher like they are your best friend since they are going to be with you most of the day.

The third photographer – He was a reccomendation from a friend of mine who works in the wedding industry. He seemed like a really nice guy, but his photos didn’t even touch the second photographers, so we decided not to waste his time and meet with him. I’m sure he’s a good photographer, but we had just found ours already.

Other photographers I talked to at the bridal show – I was looking for specific styles of photography. I wanted a mix of posed pictures and candids. One photographer told me she only did candids. That is a BIG no no for me.

Post # 16
363 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

The areas that were important to me:

  • Rights to print photos
  • 2 photographers
  • price
  • communication skills
  • personality (some just didn’t mesh with us)
  • amount of time the day of
  • style

You can’t impact all of that, but that was what was important to us!

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