Post # 1
So…long story short my fiancee and I don’t have much money for a photographer so we found a few on craigslist. Got an amateur for cheap and now my sister’s friend (I trust my sister’s opinion of good photography over anyone! She’s my maid of honor for many reasons!) has agreed to do our wedding for the same super low price. We already have a meeting set up with the craigslist photographer. Do I cancel and just go with my sister’s friend now? I feel guilty about doing that! Haven’t signed any contracts, etc. Help! What’s the best etiquette here?
Post # 3
Just send an email thanking them but letting them know you’ve secured another photog.
It’s much better to do it now than meet with them knowing you won’t be using them.
Post # 4
Are you positive that you’ll go with your sister’s friend instead of the photog. from Craigslist? It’s not a big deal to cancel the meeting and mention that you have a family friend who has agreed to help you out. But I would just make sure that you want to go with your sister’s friend before you cancel.
I should also note that it’s WAY harder to “break up” with a photographer once you’ve met them in person, especially if you got along with them! We met with three photographers and obviously only chose one. It broke my heart to tell the others that they hadn’t been chosen!
Post # 5
I would go just to see what they have. Who knows, maybe you will end up liking them better. But it is always a good idea to shop around before you decide anyway.
Post # 6
Just call or email and say you found someone else. Why waste their time or your’s if you know you have already found someone.
Post # 7
I would keep the meeting. I think it is good to compare the work of the two. You may still not think twice about going with your sister’s friend, but it doesn’t hurt to interview a couple of folks.
Post # 8
i would keep the meeting just in case check them both out after you decide who you like more send he other photographer and emaill or contact them in some way saying that you have decided to go wth someone else… its fine as long as no contracts are signed.
Post # 9
- Wedding: August 2010 - Ocean View Villas/Jasmine Seafood Restaurant
If you’re not certain, I would go to the meeting for comparison. If you are certain about not using the craigslist person, I would cancel via email or phone call. Don’t waste the person’s time and energy if you’re not serious about it.
Post # 10
I agree with PP. If you’re sure about your sister’s friend, don’t go to the other meeting and waste their time. But, there’s not harm in comparing either.
Post # 11
i agree with those that say you should keep the meeting, unless you are 110% positive you will no go with them. i mean if you are only going because you don’t have the heart to cancel the meeting, then it will be even to cancel after. but if you think there is a 1% chance you might want the craiglist person instead, then go with it. or even go meet them if it is only to confirm you are going with your sister’s friend.
Post # 12
@teacherin200829: Like others said, I would go and meet with them unless you have no question at all that you’ll use your sister’s friend. You have to compare the photographers directly – just as you don’t want to go with the craigslist photog because you talked to them first, you don’t want to go with the other just because it’s your sister’s friend and she says the photographer is good. If you do decide to go with your sister’s friend, just be honest with the other photographer. Business is business – I promise most of us don’t take it personally.
Also, sent you a message!