(Closed) Wedding photographer won't travel for consultation?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 16
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7077 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Unfathomably:  With a cheap price tag comes lower-end service. With photography you tend to get what you pay for.

I’ll be really honest and tell you as a photographer, I won’t drive over a certain distance to meet with someone unless they’ve already booked me. Do I want the business? Of course, but client meetings are a HUGE time suck with the potential for no booking. Say I have a 10am meeting, I leave by 9:30am to get there, it’s hard to really get into a task in the office before that. Usually I’m prepping for the meeting getting marketing materials and albums together. I show up, buy their coffee, we meet for an hour, I leave and drive back. By the time I get back and grab lunch it’s now 12pm and I’ve wasted half a day on a client meeting that may or may not book. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind client meetings at all – but I’m defintitely not going to drive more than 30 minutes for one.

The *only* time I ever broke my own rule was for an inquiry for a venue I really wanted to shoot at. I drove over an hour to meet with the couple (who was late), after having already invested a lot of time with them via email. They went with someone cheaper, which is totally fine, but the amount of time it took away from my office and current clients made me really regret driving all that way to meet them. Never again.

Post # 17
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19 posts
Newbee

If this is a photographer you are seriously considering, then you should drive the 30 minutes to meet them. If that’s too inconvenient, Skype is a good option too. 

With a wedding photographer, you absolutely get what you pay for. Just because this person is less expensive does NOT mean you will get good quality service or photos. Make sure you see plenty of samples of their work and are very clear on what is included with this less expensive price (how many hours they’ll shoot, # of photos, what and when you’ll receive pictures, etc). Sometimes they may seem cheaper but then charge you far more in extra charges, such as additional hours or photos.

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