Post # 1
Here’s the deal. Fiance works out of town half the month (literally) and I work in a small office that only allows 2 people to be out at a time. I emailed my photog inquiring about our engagement photos because we had not yet set a date. I just wanted her to know that once she made her master schedule, to let me know about when we’d take them so we could coordinate our work schedules.
I came up with an idea that could have only be pulled off in November. She said she could move some things around for me and gave me a window of two or 3 days. Turns out Fiance is out of town for work on those days. She then emailed me saying she had marked us down for January anyway. I followed up with the dates in January Fiance would be home that way she wouldnt have to keep changing her schedule around (to accomodate her)
Now that I think about it though, I really hate waiting that long to take engagements. Wedding is in April and we wouldn’t get our edited pictures back till February. I take bridals in February as well. I was also hoping to take engagements this year because I wanted to use one as our Christmas card.
I know I am paying her alot of money so she should accomodate me, I just don’t want to keep making her change her schedule around.
Is there a nice, non-annoying and pushy way to word an email back asking to work something out for later this year, rather than beginning of next? I just don’t want her to read my email and think, “Ohhhh it’s HER again..” Anyone ever felt that way?
Post # 3
@msbeehave: It’s a business arangement and like you said, you are paying her a lot of money. Just word a professional email and don’t be afraid to send. If she finds you “annoying”, she’s not very professional. I did feel like I nagged our caterer quite a bit, but in the end, if they want the money, they will accomodate you and reply! Good luck!
Post # 4
I’m kind of in the same boat as you. We’ve picked a date, now we just have to pick a place. I’m pretty open to whatever, and have told her that – I’ll go as far to say that I’ve emailed the poor thing 50 times! I do agree with @Just_Squeeze: in that this is a business arrangement. We are paying them a lot of money – because they do amazing work – but they’re doing it for a price. And that price includes “working for us”. I don’t want that to sound ugly, because I love my photographer, and she’s pretty laid back – but in the end, we’re paying for what WE want – not what SHE wants. Just try to sound as professional as possible in your email – explain your situation, and hopefully she’ll work it out. She doesn’t want to lose a client.
Hope this helps!
Post # 5
Just write back and say that you need the photos by December, and give her a list of dates you are available in November. If she can’t accomodate your schedule, find someone else to take your e-pics. You are paying for the service so it needs to meet your requirements.
Post # 6
Are you just trying to schedule it for the weekends? Sometimes that can be tough for a full time photographer. Try to find a weekday that might work, if you aren’t already doing that.
Post # 7
Update Bees, emailed her and she was very happy to work things out for me. We have a date booked in November! Thanks for the advice:)
Post # 8
So you already sent her dates in January and planned for January but now are changing your mind? You wanted November, she gave you her available dates, and you’re the ones who aren’t available. It’s important to realize that you’re not the photographers only client. The photographer has to accomodate the schedules of dozens and dozens of people, and it sounds like she tried to schedule something for November and it didn’t work for you. Even if you did photos in December, with holidays and everything you probably wouldn’t get your photos back in time for holiday cards anyway.
Try to think about this situation if it was any other service provider – say you called the cable company and they gave you a window of time they could be there to install and you were busy. Would you argue with them or expect them to change their installation schedule with all their other clients to accomodate you, or would you just take a half day from work or rearrange your other plans? My guess is if you really wanted that cable installed before Christmas you’d work around the timeframe they gave you. 🙂 Same for any service provider – they give you their open slots/appointments, you pick one.
Post # 9
@BeeM … Actually, yes, I would argue and get them to adjust their schedule to fit with mine. I have done that before and it usually works. And if it doesn’t, I find a different provider.