Post # 1
When we first got engaged, I knew the photographer that I wanted to use – they are a husband and wife who did my friend (and now BM)’s wedding. They were amazing and the pictures were so beautiful. They were one of the first vendors I called when we got engaged.
We went for the consultation and they told us that they are actually in the process of retiring and their son would be taking over the business – he is a photographer as well. We met him, he seemed nice enough, and looked through some of his work. We felt confident enough to book it and put down our deposit.
I noticed that whenever we emailed or called him to ask a question, he took a long time (several days) to get back to us. We had arranged to book our engagement photos (we left those a long time as I am trying to lose weight!) two weeks ago and yesterday he just emailed me to request the first half of the balance or payment. In his email he also said “let’s think about your engagement photos as well – when and where you would like them”.
I am SO worried that he is not going to be reliable. Also – he has begun changing the brand of the business since his parents retired. From the new website, it sort of seems like he wants to other kinds of photography and weddings are just a side thing.
Am I just freaking out for no reason???
Post # 2
CalOilerGurl: If you were dealing solely with the son, and had never met the parents or seen their work, would you hire him? If not, I’d suggest moving on.
Post # 3
Aside from not responding right away it sounds like he’s handling it how any other photographer would. I don’t understand what your concern is really.
Post # 4
To clarify, did the engagement photos already happen?
Post # 5
If you don’t like his work, move on!
Post # 6
CalOilerGurl: Trust your gut on this one. I had similar reservations about my photographer (a husband and wife duo). They weren’t quick to reply, and hard to get a hold of throughout the planning process, which also happened during the waiting for photos process.
Post # 7
If I understand correctly, you already booked the engagement photos but then he asked about when you wanted them done? That probably would have thrown me off too, and I don’t know what I’d have thought…
If your gut is telling you to find a new photographer, then that’s probably what you should do. I just hope that the deposit you lose isn’t too much!
Post # 8
- Wedding: Davis Island Garden Club
I have found delayed responses to be a prett common thing with venders, its super frustrating! I fired a caterer for the same reason. I agree, if you wouldn’t have hired him if the parents wernt in the picture I would cut him loose. Trust your gut, your pictures are a really important element to the wedding and you don’t want to wait till your wedding day to be disappointed.
Post # 10
i would call and ask if your messages are going to junk mail. It sounds like it.
Post # 11
Is photography something that is incredibly important to you? If so, you should find someone who is going to meet all of your needs, be on their game, and have the type of photos you desire. I agree with the comment of a PP, if you had not known the parents and had just seen the son’s portfolio, would you have booked him? Just because he is “apart” of the parent’s company, doesn’t mean he will work the same way. The parents are retired, they are no longer apart of the business aspect of it.
You need to be comfortable with your photographer. I had to pass on my number one choice of photographer because weeks would go by before I would get a response from her. It was really upsetting, but now my Fiance and I are about to book a wonderful photographer who responds promptly and is clearly excited to work with us.
Post # 12
AnonymousCupcake: no , we’re booked for May. According to him, they are not booked yet lol
SophieB3: amoore2: CocoClassic: MrsMeowton: thank you so much for the advice, and reassurance. We are actually going to meet with another photographer next week- she comes highly recommended by a work friend who just got married, and she has been more responsive in 1 week than our ‘current’ photog has been in months. Thank you for listening to my conerns-that has helped me a lot and I will send an update as to what we do!!