Videographer wants Skype call before booking

posted 10 months ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 16
437 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

We had to drive from NJ to Queens to meet with our videographer lol I wish he offered us a skype call!

Post # 17
2180 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

missd2016 :  oftentimes I read emails and think “god it would be so much easier to talk about this then type it all out.” I highly doubt your videographer is screen testing you. It probably is really easier to just talk (maybe he anticipates that there will be follow up questions once he responds) than type. At the very most, he might want to talk with you to make sure your personalities mesh well – personalities (yours and his) can be quite important when working with a couple on their wedding day.

ETA: I didn’t do any skype calls with ny photographer/videographer, but they were both vendors my sister used for her wedding just 6 months prior so we had all met in person/worked together already. 

Post # 19
6533 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

missd2016 :  That’s seriously irrational. They aren’t vetting you to see how pretty you are. I have a spot in my contact form where I have couples tell me about their wedding, and ask they include their wedding website link if they have one. It’s not so I can see how they look, but because I want to read about their wedding day to get an idea of what they envision. Also, it’s super helpful to put faces to names with their bridal party. I shoot 30+ weddings a year. That’s 30+ couples, 60+ sets of parents, and an insane number of bridesmaids and groomsmen….the earlier I can start putting faces to names the easier it is for me on the wedding day.

All that aside I love skyping with my clients. Especially because most of mine are not local to me. I love email, because it keeps everything we’ve talked about in one place. That being said, sometimes it’s just easier to talk things through – especially if you anticipate the couple having follow-up questions. Sometimes talking via email can drag out a contract signing by several days with all the back-and-forth. Plus I love getting to see my couples personality. It’s about making sure we’re a good fit. I’ve emailed with couples and all seemed great, and after we’ve met or skyped and talked through their wedding day I’ve realized that I’m not a good fit for them…..and that’s 100% ok. I would rather refer someone I think fits their personality than have them book me and it an awkward day. I tend to be very relaxed/funny/outgoing and my couples usually are too. I tend to work best with couples like that, so if someone is super quiet/traditinoal and formal – we’re probably not going to be a good fit.

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