Post # 1
After hours of searching, my fiance and I narrowed down our photographers and started speaking with our top choice through email. We planned to meet on Skype to discuss details and have an initial meet, the day came and the photographer did not show up on Skype during the designated time. We received an email a couple of hours later asking to reschedule due to something coming up. We planned another meeting time for Skype and my fiance and I once again found ourselves waiting on Skype for an hour with no show from the photographer. I emailed them later that evening kindly stating we had missed speaking with them and would like to schedule a meeting and would hopefully like to do so combining it with an engagement shoot (I am ready to get our engagement pictures done!), two weeks later I still haven’t heard back from the photographer. Do I try contacting them again or move on? How many attempts should we make and how long do we wait?
Post # 3
Move on. Can you imagine dealing with this kind of behavior as your wedding gets closer?
Post # 4
That’s exactly what I’ve started worrying about…what happens closer to the wedding or after the wedding if they are still acting like this. Thanks for your input!
Post # 5
Move on. His pictures may be good because he may be busy focusing on his art, but his business manner is terrible.
Find someone who can balance both! Or who has a team to handle business while he handles the photography.
Post # 6
I know this must be a hard situation. Maybe his work looks really good and it makes you really want to hire him, but what a lot of couples don’t consider is maybe this photographer doesn’t have the type of personality you need to be your photographer. Personality is almost more important than the photos! You have to be compatible.
I am a wedding photographer and I understand sometimes juggling a business and life and things can be hard. I still work full time because I’m new to the industry and still need to make money, but I still would never miss a meeting I set with a client. It’s really not acceptable. It seems like maybe a client more fit for this photographer is a more laid back client that doesn’t care about photos that much. Or maybe he doesn’t have a huge passion for what he does, but whatever it may be it seems like he doesn’t work for you.
I would definintely look elsewhere for a photographer you can be more compatible with that has a good portfolio. Good luck! 🙂
Post # 7
@paisleyb: If if this photographer has amazing photographs, their repoire with potential clients is terrible! There is no good reason why they haven’t responded to you in 2 weeks. I could understand a few days but 2 weeks?! I would definitely move on and find a photographer that will respond to you more. 🙂 I agree with the PP that if this is their response now, that it might something to worry about if you were to hire them for your wedding! I would interview at least 2 other photographers and make sure they are responsive within reason 1-2 business days isn’t unreasonable. 🙂
Post # 8
That really stinks! But it’s time to find a new photographer. The guy is a serious flake!
Post # 9
Thanks for your responses everyone! I am glad I wasn’t alone in thinking the response time was crazy. I guess things happen the way they should no matter what, here’s to finding the perfect photographer for our wedding!