(Closed) Did I make the right photog choice?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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790 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

What do you mean by proper way? Location?

Its not a rule/proper to do location or studio pictures.. more engagement sessions just happen to be on location. Just tell him you prefer a location shoot and not in the studio. Its just a preference thing.

You have Plenty of time to do the shoot..

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

Alright so one date is scheduled that you both mutually want to call off because it’s a holiday.  Then a second date is scheduled and he contacts you a full 48 hours before the shoot to reschedule.  Your reaction seems as if he had canceled both dates, when in fact the first date was one you wanted to cancel too.  Then you tell him to send you his available dates (not sure what the tone was of that, but I’m guessing you probably sounded upset).  Next because it probably sounded to him that you were upset and in a hurry he tried to deflate the situation by suggesting a studio photo (which you don’t think is proper), so you got even more upset.  Then you send him an email again expressing your concerns, which further says to him how upset you are.  Honestly it seems like the situation has escalated a little higher than it already is.

When you hire a photographer with a day job, you aren’t getting someone who can always respond to you as promptly as a full time person could.  If that’s the level of service and organization you need to be happy, then perhaps you might have made a mistake with this guy.  But I don’t really see any huge warning sign as of yet.  He may be slow to communicate with you at this point just because he perceives you as being impossible to please.  If I were you I’d try and wipe the slate clean and let the engagement shoot happen.  If you don’t end up liking the results or the experience then make a decision on a new photographer.

Post # 7
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1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

@angelicd77:  Unless it’s a weekend we try to get back to our clients within 24 hours as a rule.  I can’t say that always happens because we are busy, but anything with urgency gets dealt with quickly.  

As far as scheduling engagement sessions go for the most part that falls on the shoulders on the clients.  We only do advanced scheduling for weekday dates.  We handle weekends on a tenative scheduling basis, meaning if you have to have Friday, Saturday, or Sunday we can tentatively mark you down for a date but we don’t make it firm until one month out.  We get lots of last minute weddings, and our first priority is always booking weddings.  I have a log of all of our clients who have engagement sessions, but I generally don’t bug them about booking it until a couple of months before the wedding.  Our E-sessions are a low cost commitment to our wedding bookings, so if they decided not to do it we’d just roll the session fee in as a product credit.  Ultimately I don’t see it as our job to be all over them about booking the date.  When we book one we are very up front about what they need to do to schedule the date, how much time we need to turn over the photos, and how long it takes to get certain products.

There are part time wedding photographers out there that are super organized and professional.  So I hate to broadly lump this guy in the category of poor businessman/non-organized, but unfortunately that is one big advantage (usually) in finding a full time photographer.  Lame that he seems to have kept that from you.

Since he has not provided you any services yet, you probably from a legal standpoint stand a better chance of being able to recover and deposit/retainer at this point.  Only you really know if you’re jumping the gun or if it’s strongly justified.  Ultimately not being confident in your photographer is a disadvantage for both of you on the wedding day.

 

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