Post # 1
My fiance and I are thinking about getting some engagement photos taken when we’re in Florida visiting my parents for the holidays. Because it’s rather short notice and the shoot would need to take place on Christmas eve or the day before, I had expected it to be very difficult to book a photographer. With that in mind, I e-mailed a few photographers I found in the area to see if they would be free. However, just a few hours after sending out my e-mails, I’ve already gotten a message back from a photographer who’s available and interested.
So, my question is, if I get several interested photographers contacting me back at once, how do I handle this? Is it normal to politely turn down an offer after I intiated the contact? Should I tell them that I’m considering other photographers as well?
I’m so surprised to hear so quickly that at least one photographer is available, that I worry I’ll need to turn down several great people! I think I’m afraid of hurting their feelings. (As silly as I know that sounds — it is a business afterall, not personal.)
Any advice? Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
Personally, I feel that if you have talked on the phone or met a vendor in person (anything that could constitute an interview), you absolutely should shoot them an email if you go with someone else, just saying, “Thanks, but no thanks.” No additional explanation necessary, just letting them know that you won’t be using their services.
I think it is also polite if they email you back from your inquiry and you’ve already booked someone else to just say, “Thanks for replying, but we’ve already found someone.” But it’s not as necessary as if you met with them.
They’re pros, and get many inquiries a week that pan out to nothing, so you really don’t have to worry about hurting their feelings.
Post # 4
Gilneas, that really helps, thanks so much!
Post # 5
It’s the nature of the business to know if they don’t reply right away that you may go with someone else. If you are certain that this person is the one you want to go with, then go with them. If other’s reply tell them thanks but no thanks but you will keep their info on file in case you may need their services at another time.