- 4 years ago
Personally, I want an idea of what prices are before I start getting in touch with photographers. “Starting at” is helpful but often misleading- giving me your basic package with pricing on your website and note optional upgrades & additions available is SUPER useful. I’m probably not going to reach out to someone who I know right off the bat is out of my price range.
Hope this can be of use to you, photographers you work with and other bees, but I wrote a long long blog post (rant) on finding our photographer. It goes over how we found photographers to look in to, how we narrowed them down, and how I finally made the decision: https://bunbunsaurus.wordpress.com/2017/03/21/i-hate-decisions-photographers/ (Photography is my hobby so I had a lot of extra concerns lol)
The short version in regards to your questions though:
- Stuck out – Positive: I feel a little silly for this one, but having a contact form on a well maintained site. Made it easy for me, easy for them, got all the info in one go. Instilled a lot of confidence in their professionalism. Reviews on both WeddingWire & TheKnot. Willingness to meet in person & bring an album with them. Being ready to start the ball rolling in the first meeting- Yeah I had 20 questions but when the photographer says “Hey, let me start by running you through what we do, stop me whenever you have a question” it was SUPER helpful. It’s a business pitch as well when you think about it, and being prepared is A++
- Stuck out – Negative: Unwilling to work with another person such as a second shooter (hired through them)- Everyone works in their own way but hearing “you only need me, and I prefer that” sounds like you might not want to collaborate with me either. It can be an educational thing of as a non wedding professional I am asking for more than I need, but there are better ways to say it. I also really loved talking to the photographers we met with but when we spend 20 minutes talking about something totally off topic (including not talking about the proposal or what the wedding plans are like), I come out of the meeting / call going “wait, did we actually go over all the questions?”.
- Narrowing: There’s not a good way for me to summarize this lol, take a look at that blog post above.
Hope this helps!