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

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I prefer email as well. 90% of my business goes through email. This way its all documented and frankly I wont get to my messages till later at night so I cant call anyways.. I just dont check my phone while I work, I may look it stopping at my gear bag but I dont have time to reply.

I personally hate having my phone glued to me and people who have their phone glued to them checking it when its work time. People and phones/social media is obnoxious today! lol I cant even imagine how it is in schools with phones!

You’ll find someone OP, just dont settle and go for one you love. :).

Post # 19
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

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@Sammers:  Is there something you said that could have given them the impression it wouldn’t work? I’ve had people contact me and say they like my work (which is very editorial, meaning clean processing and a mixture of candid and posed) and then turn around and say they love photojournalistic. Well, that’s not me, and so I wouldn’t be a good fit for them. KWIM? Did you mention your venue? Maybe it’s somewhere they don’t like to shoot? I just can’t fathom that you inquired and told them your date and they replied that they wouldn’t be a good fit. That seems really strange.

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Can you copy and paste the email verbatim? You must have sent up a red flag you’re missing in your description of the email. Im positive i can tell you what it was if you paste the email.

Post # 22
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

P.S. Every. Single. Inquiry. I get asks for pricing and packages-it’s totally standard so you had to have said something about being on an extremely tight budget/asking for a discount, etc. to get a response basically saying we aren’t interested in clients mostly concerned with pricing.

Post # 23
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2011

So you asked about price and they responded that they like working with people who are focussed on their love rather than price, and that they usually meet with couples instead of giving price info. Was this the extent of that e-mail, or was this the same e-mail that said they weren’t a good fir for you? 

It’s possible they were just tyring to avoid giving priving to you over e-mail and actually wanted to meet with you instead. Usually this does point to a higher-end photographer. The idea if that if they can get you to meet with them,you’ll hire them based on their personality and their photography rather than price shopping.

Post # 24
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

OP- have you been to a wedding expos/bridal shows? That was a great way to meet photographers- I ended up interviewing two whom I met at an expo. Plus, I was able to see samples of their work, get a little feel for their personalities, and find out price ranges for the majority.

Our photographer was a referral from another Bee, who got married at the same venue-have you tried the local boards yet? What about referrals from friends who are already married?

Sorry that it hasn’t been smooth so far. The first’s one response would have also hit me the wrong way. As for photographer #2- I can definitely see her husband not having informed her of the date at first. How about asking her for other recommendations? (One that was booked for our day, was happy to provide a couple of suggestions, knowing that I loved her style.)

Post # 25
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Sammers: Photographer #1 seems like a jerk. And sadly, there are plenty of those in this industry. Photographer #2’s problem is understandable. They might have just picked the date between when you started emailing and then. It sucks, but that’s life. The only photographers I know in your area start at $3500.

After planning our wedding, I added my average price range to my site because I felt like it was wasting my time to email vendors (and not just photographers, but caterers and venues and florists) over and over, only to find that they were way out of budget. As a photographer, I hope that if someone saw on my site that my weddings started at $5000 (for example, which they don’t!), and their budget was $800, they wouldn’t email me and ask about a discount. BUT if the budget is off by a couple hundred dollars, I’d still hope for an email. For me personally, I’d be more willing to work with your budget because it’s an off-season wedding. Weddings in May-Sept are not so lucky.

Good luck!!

 

Post # 27
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Maybe look at photographers in nearby cities? I couldn’t find any photographers I liked that were local. So I searched for some that where in bigger cities of the state. The photographer that we booked is in a city 2 hours away, but her work is amaze-balls.

So, it doesn’t hurt to expand your horizons

Post # 28
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Lea, self promotion is not allowed on the boards and frowned upon by every bride here. You are, however, free to offer useful advice anonymously.

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