(Closed) Photographer – is it common to meet in person??

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
247 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@MamaHusky3: I live in a different state than my photographer.  When I was up wedding planning we just met a cafe.  It was fine.

Post # 4
1135 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

Meeting in person is definitely common.  I would not feel comfortable hiring someone I’d never met.  If you live in different towns I think they should come to you, if they can, or perhaps meet halfway.  We met halfway, it was about a 45 minute drive for each of us.  No biggie.  Longer than that and I would maybe wait until you’re going to be going there and arrange a meeting, unless the photog offers to travel to you.

Post # 5
3364 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

My wedding photographer, who I just met last weekend and immediately booked, met me half way! I’m from the North OC area and she is from Carlsbad, so probably an hour and a half or so. I personally thought it was definitely worth it to meet and make sure you have that chemistry you were hoping to have with your photographer(s)!

Post # 6
13099 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I also lived in a different state than my photographer.  When I was back in town wedding planning one weekend, we met up to make sure we clicked (IMO, this is very important with a photographer).  I met her and her husband (who co-shoots with her) at their home.

Post # 7
5572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

My photographer drove about 45 minutes to meet me. I would not hire a photographer without meeting them, I think being comfortable with them is VERY important!

Post # 8
7300 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

We booked our photographers without meeting them first. I felt comfortable with their facebook page, the full wedding albums online, their PPA page, blog, ect.

We will meet them in the spring or summer for our engagement photos.

I will add that we have probably had more contact with our photographers than anyone else. Fiance is re-doing their website and actually plays on xbox live with one of them. We all seem to click. It seems like we talk on a nightly basis.

And we have their gamer tag for xbox games. ^_^

I figure if they are a complete mess in the summer then we will still have a year to find someone else. I’m pretty confident that they won’t be a hot mess.

Post # 9
209 posts
Helper bee

If you can meet them halfway.  

Post # 10
5494 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

we did a Skype meeting.

Post # 11
10288 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

I would personally not feel comfortable booking any vendor that I haven’t met with first. All of the vendors that Fiance and I have met with were at a public place (normally coffee shops) equidistant between their studios/homes and either our condo or office. If we’re talking a decent distance away then meeting half way should suffice. 

Meeting someone in person and talking to them through email are two very different things. We were in contact with a DJ who offered everything that we wanted for a great price. He was as nice as can be and very professional in all of the emails that went back and forth between us prior to meeting. We were scheduled to meet with him on a Wednesday evening at 7:30 pm at Starbucks. The guys shows up 15 minutes late in a car that we could hear coming from a mile away looking homeless. His hair was disheveled, his shirt had stains on it and his jeans were ripped. We knew right then and there that we would not be booking him but he took time out of his day to meet with us so we let him give us his spiel. He was a complete disaster both in appearance and knowledge of the DJ industry. I am so happy that we met with him. If we would have booked him based on our emails, we would have been extremely disappointed after our wedding. 

Post # 12
4547 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Our photographer was about an hour and a half away and we met her because it was important to us to meet our photographer in person before we went with her.

Post # 13
642 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

The photographer can really make or break your day. You can be with them all day from getting ready to the send off depending on your plans. A friend went with a photog she had met but didn’t like and he could have easily ruined her day. She is a much better person than I. As a guest at the wedding I was shocked at how rude he was. I felt bad that she had to spend the entire day with such a jerk. Spend a random day driving to and from your photog to save your big day from hanging out with a jerk. PP mentioned Skype, I that isn’t a bad idea.

Post # 14
1260 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

My photographer was across the country in my hometown, so…. no we didn’t meet before hiring her. It was a gamble, but I was not flying home just to meet photographers!

Post # 15
17 posts
  • Wedding: December 2012

In the event that you want to hire a photographer that lives further away – you don’t have to meet in person if you like their work. You can talk on the phone and guage someone’s persona. There are many photographers who do destination weddings and they don’t meet prior because it’s just not feasible. So if you live in close proximity then by all means meet if you want to. But otherwise I wouldn’t stress over it.  Here is a photographer you may want to check out as well which is who I’m using:  MistiMorningstar.com @MamaHusky3:

Post # 16
739 posts
Busy bee

We usually set up skype meetings for clients who are out of state or just can’t meet us. It’s important to us to know we are working with clients who click with us, just as important {well maybe not quite as important} as how you click with them. Personality goes a long way if you don’t like your photog you prob are not going to be happy with the photos.

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