(Closed) Struggling with finding a photographer.. :(

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I had trouble getting a photographer to actually email me back…and this was me emailing them a year + in advance.

In the end we found someone who worked out for us, but it was probably the most difficult (and costly…) part of the wedding.

Maybe the photographer that you wanted to go with would have people that they could refer you to?

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

I’m not saying this is true across the board, but the price range you’ve got bugeted for photography probably isn’t going to yield you someone with both talent and business sense.  The unprofessional disorganized communication you’re getting back doesn’t really surprise me.  A professional isn’t going to insult your love for your fiance, or not know whether or not they’re available for your wedding.

Post # 6
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604 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Narrawallee reserve/beach & Mollymook golf club

I’d set us a budget of $1500… But found a photographer I love (and he likes her photos too!) who is $500-$1000 more for the coverage we want. My Mum’s advice (and Mums are always right) was to just go for it. She regrets not having a good photographer for her own wedding day and doesn’t love her wedding photos. So we’re going for it! 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Wow, that first photog actually said that!? How rude. Geez some people have no idea. That is incredibly offensive of her. Best thing is you still have plenty of time to find someone. I’d booked our photog a year in advance and 5 months out decided I just wasn’t feeling his work, so I switched to the most amazing photographer ever and he cost me only €550 for 310 of the most amazing wedding photos that ever existed (yes I am biased). 

We had a second photographer for our reception 2 weeks later who we chose from a classifieds website, $750 Australian for 5 hours & 500+ photos. Her work was also fantastic. Although my photogs are not in your area, just keep hunting, they ARE out there. I also got quoted exorbitant prices to start off, and had rude non-repliers. best of luck to you 🙂

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

“Sorry, but based on your email, we don’t think we’d be a good fit for you.”

Based on this comment they are just being realistic and letting you know they dont do work within your budget range. They could of worded it better though. We dont fit all clients.

Also dont shop based on price shop based on the work you love. If you bump to $1500 you can still get someone really good just for less coverage and no extras. many of us can work with budgets we just cut hours and the extras. I highly recommend you push to the $1500. Thats very reasonable for a 4 to 5 hour coverage for someone good and experienced..

Its good to have less coverage with someone great than full coverage and extras with someone not so great. Just dont rule out ones you think you cannot afford based on what price you see on their website, it doesn’t hurt to ask. 🙂

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I would just say something like

Hi, I’m Sammers & I love the photos on your website! I’m wondering if you are available to photograph my wedding on 11-23-13 in (city)? Can you tell me what packages you offer & your pricing? Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

Hello photographer, I’ve checked out your website and really love your work.  Are you available on my date?  If so I’d love to set up a time to get to know you and find out about your services.

If you have no clue as to how much they are then maybe ask about pricing, but if you can keep the focus on the work itself you are the ideal client to most photographers.

Post # 12
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942 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Try call them rather than email. Emails are impersonal, by phoning you can introduce yourself better

Post # 13
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1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

@KellyLouise:  I disagree.  Much easier for us to keep track of and respond to emails than it is to play phone tag with people.  I like getting personal with my clients in the form of scheduling meetings, but email is always the best first method of contact.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@continuumphotography:  Ditto!

We can work off hours depending on schedule. I might be shooting during the day, and catching up on my office work in the evenings. Plus, I personally prefer to have everything in email – I think it’s easier for the client and go back and reference. I like to set up meetings to meet with clients.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I don’t think the photographer was trying to be rude, I think they were just letting you know that that based on your price range they didn’t fit. Most likely the difference was large enough they probably couldn’t have even reworked a package to get to that price.

I’ve certainly had people email to inquire and rattle off a whole email/list of what they’re looking for and I’ve known immediately we wouldn’t be a good fit. I’ve had to tell perspecitive clients, “Thank you for your interest, based on your expectations I’m not sure I would be a good fit for you, but I would suggest xxxx”. I’m not trying to be rude, but it’s just not right of me to respond with pricing/info when I know I can’t provide them with what they’re looking for.

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