Post # 1
I found a photographer that I LOVE, and all the work I’ve seen is fantastic. Her blog, her portfolio, and every image I’ve googled has been great. She has tons of great 5 star reviews on WeddingWire, and several Bees have had good experiences with her.
When I contacted her, she told me she’s out of the area until March, but could book clients over the phone (which she says she does pretty frequently). She said after booking, we could either meet at the engagement shoot, or do a meeting prior to the shoot.
What would you do?
Post # 3
@abbie017: We met with 3 photographers in person. Had one we loved but someone else booked him first.
The photographer we eneded up going with, we only talked to on the phone before booking since she lived in Maine where the wedding was going to take place and we lived in NYC.
We met her for the first time when she did our enagement shoot in NYC.
We made sure to look closely at her blog, look at several “full” weddings, and read reviews.
She was an awesome choice and we ended up SO happy with her.
So basically, we really liked her work and we clicked on the phone so we went ahead and booked.
Post # 4
I booked one without meeting him in person. We did Skype once for about 15 minutes initially. But everything went great and I’d do it that way again. I was a little hesitant, but read reviews and such and gave it a shot. From what you said, I’d do it.
Post # 5
Same as above… Loved her work, she sent us full weddings, we talked on the phone. Booked her, and we met her for engagement photos.
Post # 6
I met my photographer before booking her, but I do wedding photography and I book about every other client without meeting in person. I live in Hampton Roads and do a lot of business in the DC/MD area and it’s not really practical for me to meet up with clients out there ahead of time unless I’m already in the area for something else 🙂
Post # 7
I would never book someone without meeting them. As much as a vendor’s work is important to me, so is their personality and I have to make sure that I can work with them. If I do not get a good vibe from them it’s a no go.
Post # 8
Part of it will also be your dynamic the day-of… you def want someone you’re comfy with. If you are more comfortable in front of the camera and can tell over the phone if you “click” – go for it. Otherwise, I’d meet in person.
Post # 9
Thanks everyone! I do get a good vibe just from talking with her, and she’s very, very responsive. It’s comforting to hear that some other bees booked without meeting in person. Thanks for all the advice!
Post # 10
I also never met my photographer. I just had a great feeling about her…I was right!
Post # 11
We met with ours first. It was important to us to make sure our personalities matched. I would hate to have someone not mesh with myself or Fiance on our big day!
Post # 12
If you love her work and trust her as a pro, I think you can book over the phone, considering the circumstances. I really wanted to meet the photographers we had in mind before booking to see if things checked out personality-wise, but it’s certainly not a requirement. If my dream photographer had been unavailable to meet, that wouldn’t have ruled him out.
Post # 13
I think it’s fine to book without meeting in person.
My first photographer I had my parents meet her in person since I am out of town and can’t get home often. Even after they loved her in person, she later went nuts and ran her business into the ground (long story, it’s in the threads I’ve started if you’re interested).
When choosing a new photographer, there was no way I could get home to meet with people, so I talked to them on the phone. My current photographer I still haven’t met in person, but was great on the phone (answers when I call the studio, very easy to talk to, answered all of my questions). But my wedding planner also knows him well and has worked with him before, so I’m taking that as a serious reference. I’m hoping it works out well!
Post # 14
I planned my wedding long distance, so I didn’t really meet with any vendors before the wedding, but it didn’t make much difference. Since you are planning to do an e-shoot, that will give you a chance to get acquainted with her before the wedding, so you should be okay to book without meeting her
Post # 15
We met with our photographer prior to booking, BUT I would have booked him regardless because I have been in love with his work since before I was even engaged. I will say though, after meeting in person, we really clicked and it made it that much more special – even my fiance commented on how well we connected and really had the same vision.
Post # 16
We book some of our most amazing weddings via Skype or phone calls. It’s never preferrable to book without meeting them face to face, but when the chemistry is right it shouldn’t be that big of an obstacle.