Post # 1
My Fiance and I just had our first “meeting” with a photographer we were interested in (via Skype because we’re getting married in my hometown, hundreds of miles from where we currently live). It did not really go as I expected and I felt kind of let down, but I’m not sure if my expectations were in line with reality.
Photog Bees — What should a first meeting include? (We’ve had lots and lots of emails as well, but I’m interested in the first meeting in particular).
Post # 3
We meet with people on Skype all the time. Once the awkwardness of the fact that you’re on the internet looking at each other through computer screens fades, you should basically just be talking about your personalities and expectations of your wedding day. The photographer should answer any of your questions, and go over pricing at the end if you haven’t already hashed that out. If your personalities didn’t click then maybe you should keep looking. That’s the same advice I’d give to someone who did an in person meeting. Personality mesh is the #1 factor in selecting a photographer.
Post # 4
@continuumphotography: This makes me feel a bit better. I don’t want to be some horribly picky person, I just felt like we weren’t on the same page as far as what I wanted, and I felt like we kept talking past each other a bit (I would ask a question but I wouldn’t really get a direct answer, etc.).
Post # 5
I agree with continuum, personality mesh is the #1 factor in selecting a photographer.
I photograph a LOT of destination weddings and am on skype with them a lot – which is amazing for both my clients and myself to get a feel for each others personalities.
I’m not saying you should feel like best friends with them, but you should definately feel comfortable once the initial introduction warms up.
Thank goodness for the wonders of the modern world!!
Good luck with the planning (and if that photographer doesnt work out there is always me! 🙂