How quickly should I book photographer?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

scipioblack :  if you book now you can lock in lower prices, its not unusual to book really early out, we booked our photographer more than a year out. 

Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

As long as you have a secure date and venue, you can book the photographer. Popular photographers are most likely already booking for 2018, so this wouldn’t be out of the norm. 

Post # 4
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Blushing bee

I booked my photographer way in advance to my wedding also. It was just one thing off the list and we’re pretty picky as we’re not really natural in front of a camera so we wanted someone who was fun and could navivate through our families for photos so once we found one we liked, we booked as soon as we could. 

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

scipioblack :  I’m a wedding photographer, I think photographer A has the better portfolio by far. there’s nothing wrong with booking over a year out so long as you have our date/venue booked and secure. I guess I don’t understand why you’re turned off by feeling pressured to book. It doesn’t sound like he’s pressuring you, simply telling you that the current special pricing offered is only valid through February 14th. If you like him and want the discount, book now. If you don’t want to book wait until you’re ready and pay full price. That’s like going to the grocery store and not needing milk right now but it’s on sale…..you don’t get angry with the grocery store because you still have a 1/2 full jug at home. You either buy the milk on sale now or pay full price when you run out at home.

FWIW, I have plenty of inquiries that come through while I might have a booking discount going on. I always let them know that what it is, and when the discount ends. It’s not to pressure them, it’s because I have a discount happening and like all discounts they end at some point. I’m already booking well into Fall 2018 at this point. May/June & September/October are the busiest wedding months. Those dates go very quickly and it’s not uncommon to book over 12 months out.

Post # 6
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Helper bee

In my opinion, as soon a you have a locked in date with a venue, you should immediately shop for and select your photographer.  Popular photographers book one to three years in advance, and it’s very easy for them to get booked out from under you.  It’s completely normal to book your photographer well in advance.

As for the discount until a certain date – I don’t see anything wrong with that; they’ve got special pricing that expires as of a certain date.  You’re welcome to take advantage of that, or take more time to decide but pay a little more.  The photographer we selected was running a promo with a two week deadline, so we sped up our selection process, met with alternate photographers to review their portfoliios, and made a decision before the promo ended.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

I won’t comment on the specific photographers, as others have commented on that, but more on the “is it too early?” thing.

 

We’re getting married June 2018.  We’ve already booked ceremony and reception, so next is photographer.  We’ve got a list of photographers we want to meet with and plan to start meeting in April (we’re getting married 3.5 hours away and will be going down that way for a personal event anyway).  I want to book photographer sooner rather than later, since June is one of the more popular months for weddings, and don’t want to risk a photographer we really like being booked for our date already!

 

Good luck!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

We booked everything super early on as well. My photographer was booked for 2017 (fully) by November of last year (And even then she only had about 3 spots left). We booked for our October 2017 wedding back in September of last year (2016) so I’d say we booked fairly early.

If there’s one thing I can offer it’s this: meet both photographers, pick the one you click with. My Fiance isn’t a people person but we really clicked with our photographer the first time we met her, that’s what made my decision in the end. I’d set up meetings with approximately 3 photographers but we decided to go with her before meeting anyone else and her vision absolutely matches up with mine. Every discussion I’ve had with her, her ideas are 100% what I’ve been seeing for our engagement session/wedding pics so I’m very pleased. I wouldn’t decide anything without meeting a photographer first because if you book someone you don’t click with, no matter what you’re pictures aren’t going to turn out.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

I booked the photographer a week after I booked my venue.   I had been talking to her for months and knew I didn’t want to go with anyone else, so I got on her calendar as soon as I had my date secure.

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2018

Our wedding is October 2018. I booked the venue last week and booked the photographer the next day. She said she was already getting requests for spring 2018. I figured I knew I wanted her and her current pricing so I’d book her now and not worry about it anymore. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

We’re also looking to book now for our wedding in March 2018. We followed the same process to narrow down a shortlist and then picked a favourite from that shortlist to start with. We’re looking to meet them in March (as I’m away for a week this month) and will go from there.

If it weren’t for the fact that we’ve been busy/I’m going away, we might’ve booked by now 🙂

Post # 13
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Helper bee

scipioblack :  from that explanation it does sound like a pressuring tactic.  But I think he might mean it  less like a pressuring tactic and more like a booking incentive if you know what I mean.   I’m also a wedding photographer (much newer than starfish tho!) and the azar portfolio definitely seems to be the more experienced of the two. (I wouldn’t recommend the other one – while she makes some lovely images her style is quite inconsistent so you might get images you don’t like) 

You could try something like say “I really like your work, and at that price I’m excited, but it’s a bit early for me to book, can you extend the deadline on that offer by [a short/reasonable period]?  or you could find another photographer if you don’t like his sales tactics.   as you said, you have plenty of time, and with a shoulder-season wedding, photographers will probably have good availability.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee

As soon as I booked the venue I called the photographer. I had been looking online and liked my photographer’s style the best. I dunno about anyone else, but I have every wedding person(save my photographer) tell me to figure it out quickly.  Personally, I think it is a pressuring tactic that the industry usues…or so that’s been my experience. 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

I’m getting married in June 2018 and I booked my photographer already! It was the next thing I did after securing the date at my venue. It has been awesome booking things early because a lot of vendors are letting me lock in 2017 prices. (And actually my venue let me lock in the 2016 price because I paid my deposit before the new year!)

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