Post # 17
How were they awful to work with? Did she give you any examples on why? Someone could say that over something trivial, so keep that in mind. Do you have any good reviews on the photographer?
Don’t feel pressured into signing up with them on the spot! Actually, if you’re feeling pressured into it, don’t. Just say you need to talk with your Fiance first. Just because someone else asks about the date doesn’t mean that they for sure will be booked or even have a meeting with them.
I do know that if you have a jerk photographer, it will add tons of stress on you. However, before you write them off, get a little more details on the “why” they had a bad experience with them.
Most importantly, you should “click” & feel comfortable with them. Lots of bees gave sites & other questions to ask, & I can’t think of anything to add, but at your meeting is the time to ask away. Don’t feel bad, its very common for people to have questions, its the point of the meeting :).
Post # 18
Well here’s my update. My mom was really nice and decided to come with me to give a second opinion because I’m a total wimp and wouldn’t be good at asking the harder questions lol. And he was nice, but I don’t know if I necessarily feel at ease with him. I don’t know if it’s because he was intimidated by my mom asking important questions (he seemed really nervous whenever they were talking) or if he’s just a really serious guy, but I just feel like I might not be able to joke around and be relaxed with him. And while he answered all of our questions, he seemed surprised when I asked for a few references and said he’d have to look and see what he could do and when I asked if he had been to our venue before and he said no, I asked if he planned on going ahead of time to get an idea of good places for photos, he said maybe. I guess I just feel like maybe he’s telling me what I want to hear, and I don’t 100% trust that he would do it without me asking.
While I did really like him, I’m just really nervous about making a bad decision, and was kinda surprised that 40% of the total cost was due at booking, that seemed a little high to me?
Am I being overly sensitive and nitpicky or should I keep looking and see what else is out there within my budget?
Post # 19
I would keep looking. People are usually nervous when they have something to hide. A confident professional would be able to provide you with references in a drop of a hat.
I do freelance photography and can easliy provide the names of happy customers if asked. I would want to scout out the location at the time of day I would be shooting to ck on natural lighting, etc.
Post # 20
Most payment schedules are broken up to either 1/3’s but more typically 50%, so at 40% he’s a little better than the norm.
You need to feel confident. This should be the easy part… If it’s not clicking, it’s not clicking… don’t force it 🙂
Post # 21
His nervousness sounds odd, is he a new photographer? Could be he doesn’t have confidence (which is NOT good), maybe it was how your mom asked the questions (if you throw too many hard questions right after another, he may have felt blindsided), or he may have planned to sales talk you into ordering the top wedding package. Photographers shouldn’t pressure you or guilt you into working with them at all. They should be confident too, doesn’t mean super outgoing, but confident in their work. The most important part is if he makes you feel uncomfortable, don’t hire him! You need to click.
What area are you in? You should check out the “vendors” section here on the bee to find other local photographers near you.
Also, most photographers will charge 30-50% due at signing the contract, because from then on, the photographers are telling all other clients that they’re booked for your wedding date.