Post # 1
I am going on an delayed honeymoon in December, and my fiance and I want to get some beach pictures to celebrate where we got engaged.
I’m just concerned about contacting photographers solely through email. I LOVE the photographer for my wedding, mostly because when we met him in person, we instantly clicked and he put us at ease. I just wonder if any other Bees connected with a photographer long distance, and how it turned out? I’m in Canada and the honeymoon is in Hawaii, so I can’t make a quick trip down to meet with different photographers between now and then. I’ve looked for recommendations online as well, and I’ve found some great options. I just don’t want to commit to anything without meeting someone beforehand.
Post # 3
If you don’t get to meet them face to face see if you can arrange a Skype meeting. I’ve seen it done with other vendors, so it should work just as fine with a photographer.
If you cannot set that up, choose solely by body of work. Go through every single available photo they have available, and keep in mind they are usually showcasing their very best work. If you see someone who has a portfolio you cannot live without, that’s your guy.
Post # 4
We insist on some form of a consultation to make sure our personalities click with our clients. In person is best, Skype is second, and a phone call is third.
Post # 5
Well, as a wedding/portrait photographer who lives and works in a beach destination/resort area I can tell you that pretty much 95% of my clients book me without having ever met me in person. Most of our coorespondance is done via email as well, as most people find it’s really convienient for them.
I can understand your hesitation, just know that for a Hawaii based photographer they are probably in the same boat as me and totally used to not meeting their clients ahead of time. If it’s really important to you, set up a phone call or skype meeting so you can get to know them. The best thing you can do is look at their work. If their work is full of emotion and you love what you see, there’s a good chance you’ll like them. Photographers who can really connect with their clients, often have images that portray that connection. It’s not an easy task to ellicite emotion out of people, so if you see it in their images, it’s probably a pretty safe bet.
Do you know what Island you’re visiting. Us photographers tend to know photographers all over (and in Hawaii they all fly between the islands a lot) and would be happy to see if I have any suggestions for the area you’ll be in.
Post # 6
We just talked to our photographer over the phone, and we definitely connected that way. I agree, a face-to-face meeting probably would have been better, but I could tell I really liked her over the phone.
On the other hand, the wedding’s not until next year, lol, so I hope I don’t have a different story to tell by then!
Post # 7
We got our wedding photographers/videographer online. Did a lot of researched, looked at reviews, looked at online portfolio, etc. We decided on ours based on our research and booked (paid doenpayment) months before we first met them for our pre-wedding photos 2 days before the wedding! I must say, we weren’t disappointed, not one bit. We enjoyed working with them and i love our photos and videos! Maybe we just got lucky, but I believe it could be done with enough research.
Post # 8
@mgol25: I’m living in another country, so I Skype the photog I liked best based on his site. He suggested that, actually, rather than just emails. It was a great idea. Loved our convo, and we booked him pretty immediately after!
Post # 9
Skype! Of course. Great idea. Thanks everyone!
@starfish0116: Thanks for your message. It must be difficult for a photographer as well. For me, aesthetic is one of the most important things as a client, so perhaps I should narrow down my photography search by looking at portfolios, then following up to make sure we click (photography pun).
Post # 10
We are in DC, our photographer is in Scotland. We’ve only talked through email 🙂 We’re meeting him in person for the first time 3 days before the wedding.