(Closed) Photographer not willing to give references?

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

It’s a little unorthodox, but it sounds like he has good credentials. Ours gave references, but we didn’t check them, tbh. :p

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I think sometimes when professionals become well established in their fields they feel that they’re past the stage of having to prove themselves with references. His response about not wanting to bother past clients may well be legit. Maybe you could contact other professional photographers in the area, or better yet the Wedding Photojournalist Association, and verify his reputation and credentials.

Post # 6
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Newbee

It would make me nervous ……..

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I would love to say that all that matters is the final pics, but I do not feel this way after attending a friends wedding. Her phtographer was great to her, but horrible to her guests(yelling, demanding, pushing…yes shoving guests) I would ask him to reconsider his policy.

Post # 8
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Helper bee

Honestly, if the well known pro referred him, you shouldn’t worry too much.  For the most part, photographers refer those they are alike in style and competency.  You really liked his work, have you checked out his entire galleries? 

If anything, if his package includes a free esession, take it and see how he fits to photograph your wedding. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

You know, the reason he gave makes sense. I’d not be too happy if I got a bunch of calls from brides wondering about our photographer. Reviews are for yelp.com!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

You could ask him to provide email addresses of just 2-4 clients. You don’t need their phone number.  Maybe that will help.  In the end, how he treats you know could be a deciding factor of who you decide to pick.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

His reason sounds good, but I still don’t buy it!  I’m sure brides are willing to give references.  The photographer just sounds like he could be hiding something.

I liked this one photographer and looked at his reviews and they were great but I later found out from people that used him that HE MADE A BRIDE CRY ON HER WEDDING DAY and another bride said SHE WASNT COMFORTABLE WITH THE POSING PICTURES HE WANTED HER TO DO AT HER CATHOLIC CHURCH.  So I think if he was that good, he would give you refences on hand! 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

If an unhappy client posts a complaint on his blog, he can just delete it. If he isn’t willing to offer unbiased references, I would walk away. You can tell him your point of view and just say that it is a deal-breaker for you. Then he can choose what he wants to do.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

If he’s not willing to give you two names, he’s hiding something or just a jerk, which would make me want to pass anyway. I think it’s odd, no matter who recommended him. I would pass!

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

You say a well-known photographer referred him which makes it sound okay to me. But on the other hand… I don’t know, something just doesn’t seem right.

I don’t trust references completely anyway. His personal blog will only have good reviews, and honestly so will his references. You insist on a reference and if he complies, he’s not going to send you bad references. Just like if you apply for a job that asks for a list of references – you’re going to think very carefully about who you list, you’re going to make sure every reference you provide is good, right?

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Ummm I would not like that situation.  There should be nothing to hide.

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

Has he shown you full wedding books? That’s another good thing to look at. Better than the ‘greatest hits’ portfolio. You can then gauge how pleased the clients are? Just another thought.

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