Post # 1
So after browing what seemed like an endless amount of local photography blogs, I came back to one that had really moved me, Tyler Boye.
Comparitively, the price for his photography is the cheapest, but his style is most in synch with what I love, so I’m pretty much on cloud 9.
I love his style and he’s really talented. I contacted him and we spoke on the phone. His wife and business partner informed me that another couple was interested in the date but hadn’t commited.
With that, something inside flipped on. I made a spur, gut-instinct decision to say I was fully interested in booking without so much as an in-person meeting because I am that sure.
His wife is writing up a contract as we speak and barring the other couple comes in last minute and ruins my life, I am pretty excited to say I have secured my photographer!
Anyway, just wanted to share. I also wanted to ask if any of you have done something spur-of-the-moment, just following your gut about a vendor.
Right now I feel great (and a little like a CUHRAZY PERSON). Generally I am a person who is very discerning, know what I want, and hate spending too much time weighing options when I know in my heart what the answer is. This is not out of character for me, so much as SUPER fast. But you like what you like, right?
Post # 3
I found a bunch of photographers and made a comparison spreadsheet of their pricings and packages and turned it over to the hubby to decide for sure (or at least narrow it down). He called one and hung up the phone with her after they chatted a bit and said “we’re hiring her” “but you didn’t even talk to anyone else” “I don’t care. We’re hiring her.” Turns out she’s AMAZING. Her pricing was the best out of all the packages which is why he called her, I think he also liked the pictures she’d posted online. But yea they really hit it off on the phone and having a good connection with your photographer is really important. We all enjoyed chatting with her on our wedding day and I think that made it a lot more fun than if we’d just had a stiff, professional interaction.
Post # 4
I thought I had my dream photographer picked out until I met her in person. I cannot stress enough how important it is to meet with vendors in person. If your gut is spot on, then do it but I couldn’t make a decision on a photographer without meeting them in person. For me, it would be like ordering a cake without tasting it first.
One photographer whose work I loved really didn’t speak English and that wasn’t visable until we met with him in person. Why would that be important to me? We had two huge families who needed lots of instruction – if they couldn’t understand him, it wouldn’t work.
Another photographer who was really affordable kept changing appointment times last winter, I wanted to give her my money but she was just never available – this came off as really unprofessional to me.
Another photographer who did amazing photography showed up late to appointment and used super tough language – kept telling me she would “handle” the priest and church lady. Again, not professional – no matter how cool her photos were.
I’m not a good party planner but I tried my best for our budget and everyone loved our photographer’s personality. Hope this helps you with your decision 🙂
Post # 5
@sfchick: I agree, def meet in person and at least see if your personalities and vision meshes. Also, it’s good to see sample albums and sample work that is not online (real weddings, a real dvd that would ge representative of what you would get). Often times, the images you get are not retouched to the same level as what is shown on the blogs.
Last, it seems that every photographer out there is AMAZING……so I think you owe it to yourself to confirm that this is indeed the case.
Post # 6
Please at least ask to see a full wedding of shots before signing the contract!! At minimum, you should see that and some album layouts (if you are getting an album). It seems like you weren’t interested in meeting them, but I think it’s so important to do so – they will be with you more than anyone else on your wedding day!
Post # 7
I’m another vote for meeting them in person. We based all of our decisions on how we felt about meeting our vendors and chatting with them face to face. Some of them we might have liked by paper, but that face to face really told us if we would get along and have fun with them!
Post # 8
Read you guys loud and clear.
I don’t know if this came across but I did speak with him on the phone for about thirty minutes and he’s a younger guy from LA who used to shoot fashion and celebrity and well as portrait and the other standard styles.
He seems SUPER nice and I am pretty good with sensing how people are over the phone. He made me feel completely comfortable and in my opinion, we really hit it off.
What I also liked is that they are very flexible with my vision and really collaborative as well. The other photographer I loved was less so in that she told us to leave all the vision up to her and to not provide a list of shots to take because she would “handle” it.
I’m crunching time because this is the busiest week of life, moving and going to Las Vegas for business within one day of eachother.And although this seems like an excuse, I really have examined all of the options in the area.
The pictures on his blog, the ones I would be framing, blow all the others out of the water and his services are half theirs in cost. Whether he takes quality pictures consistently for eight hours is kind of beside the point because in any wedding, I feel like there will be filler pictures and the ratio of printable to non-printable is not equal, ever.
This is all to say that I really value your opinions, guys. I am going to get a gallery password tonight so I’ll look over an entire gallery of at least one wedding, which is personally all I need. She’s going to send me one from around the area where my wedding will be, too, which is more city-like and modern. I’ve spent about three hours looking over a photographer’s galleries and you can really just get a sense through one what their talent is like.
Post # 9
Yeah I getcha. I agree to meet with them in person. That being said, we booked pretty much the first vendor we met in every category, with the exception of the venue – we went to our final venue on our way back from the first venue we ever looked at in person, which was a flop.
I don’t know if you call it a gut instinct or just an aversion to shopping around, but it’s worked out pretty well for us so far. All the vendors we’ve booked, we’ve found out either from other couples or friends-who-are-vendors in our area, are apparently amazing.
Post # 10
@Vonnegut1105: That’s awesome. You must have a good radar.
I guess I mainly judge a photographer by the quality of his work, the reviews he gets and the price.
It’s pretty important to get along with your photographer, no doubt, but from what I can tell, he’s friendly, open, accomodating and sharp. I like to think that my Fiance and I are awesome too, so how could we not get along? haha.
Post # 11
I think gut instinct is ok (with some educated opinion to go along with it.) It’s great that you got a chance to chat on the phone. Honestly, this is a pretty good indicator of personality match, and sometimes it’s your only option if your photog is out of town or your schedules never match up.
Post # 12
I know this was posted 7 months ago, but I just booked Tyler as my photographer in December for my September 2013 wedding. I knew Tyler was a fantastic photographer by his prestigious photos and reviews, but after meeting with him and Stephanie, wow! You did the right thing, they are totally awesome. We made a instant connection with them, and booked them on the spot that day, and didn’t meet with any other photographers. This is totally based on my GUT feeling about them. I spent a year and a half looking for a photographer, having indirect meetings (emails, phone calls) with the others. Something was missing from all of them. Tyler and Stephanie are awesome people and are awesome at what they do. I am on cloud 9 that he is also my photographer. So congratulations, I think we have one of the best on the East Coast!