Post # 1
So, I live in the middle of nowhere.
There is a photographer i’ve had my eye on for a while now, and they are pretty much everything we’re looking for. Their photos look great, they’re in our price range, available on our date, 2 shooters, approx 500 pictures in both high and low resolution with usage rights, basic editing of all photos, but extra editing on 20-30ish. I could go on, but I think you get the picture, they seem really great, promptly answer my emails and have been super great about the insane number of questions I asked lol.
They’re about 4 hours from us though, which, combined with other factors (FI’s incredibly demanding job, our fur babies and my lack of driving ability, especially in big cities) would make it very difficult, bordering on impossible to meet with them. We could go with other photographers closer to us, but I just don’t think we’re going to find someone with all of the above for $1500 in our area.
Did anyone hire a photographer without meeting them? Was it a mistake, or did it work out?
Also, why has nobody invented a teleporting machine yet? I could totally use one!
Post # 3
@Lovemelovemyhorses: On both ends, yes… I had 2 photographers, 1 was a good friend & who co-shot weddings with me who I obviously met & the 2nd one I found on craigslist I just emailed with him on craigslist & his portfolio was good enough for me.
As a photographer, I have had a few clients book with me who I’ve never met. I did a phone interview with them but some we just exchanged emails. Talk about the wedding, get to know each other a little, questions they had, etc. You can even skype or facetalk (with the iphone) if that works. I do recommend reading reviews on the photographer, checking out their facebook (not all photogs use that so its not a bad sign if they don’t have it), asking for references from previous clients, etc. You want to make sure the photographer is legit & I always recommend googling their name to see what comes up.
Post # 4
Sure! I have lots of out of towners who hire me without meeting. Try Skype or phone chat! You’ll get a sense of whether your personalities click or not.
Post # 5
Planning a long distance wedding I pretty much had no choice… I talked to my photographer on the phone first though. That was back in June, and now the wedding is in six weeks and we still haven’t met… because next week was the first chance we had to take engagement photos. I really regret not meeting her before now and hope it goes well. There’s no reason why it shouldn’t, I just stress out over things. I definitely wouldn’t want to meet them for the first time on the wedding day.
As a photographer, I always encourage my clients to at least talk to me on the phone before booking if that is something they want… I totally understand that otherwise I may not seem like a “real person,” just a website and a portfolio, and I want them to feel 100% comfortable! That being said, I’ve had brides that never were interested in talking before booking and that’s fine too.
Post # 6
I was a destination wedding bride, and we flew our photographer to Punta Cana and they were from Louisiana while we were in NYC. We Skyped with our photographer and as a photographer myself i also Skype if its just impossible to meet. SKYPE calls are great to meet my brides and grooms if scheduling or distance doesn’t allow. They can at least see my personality and since my work is on my website, they already know my style and body of work. I do offer a complimentary engagement with all my full wedding packages so there’s a trial for the couple to get a feel of being in front of a camera. However, if scheduling one is not possible, I always tell my couples to create a Pinterest board for me with their ideas for wedding photos so I can get a sense of their style.
Best of luck on all your wedding plans!
Post # 7
The mods and users of this forum are pretty particular about self promotion. You’re not supposed to have links to your own website in any of your comments in the forums.
In answer to the OP’s question there really should be no reason why you can’t at least Skype or have a phone conversation with a photographer. We personally would be very nervous to book someone we had never personally met in some way.