(Closed) What should I do about my photographer?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I would talk to her about your concerns. Maybe call her and leave her a message along with an email. She may just be very busy. Although, you may want her to return your messages immediately, sometimes with workload, family, etc, it may take a couple days for a response. 24 to 48 hours; excluding weekends and holidays, in my opinion, is not to long to wait for a response. It is aggravating, to be sure, but not uncommon.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

There could be many many reasons.

– maybe she’s only part time and has a F/T job plus possible kids?

– maybe she only goes to her emails every other day and focuses on editing the other days.

– maybe she’s newer and still finding her groove.

There’s loads more, talk to her, listen to her answer, and follow your heart.  It’s ok to go a day or two without hearing back… Especially over a weekend.  Most pro’s take friday or monday off and are working out of the office on Saturday so over the weekend it can mean 3-4 days away from email.

If you really love the other photos more though… that is where your question should lie.  Don’t settle, get the ones that make your heart sing.

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper

If you are willing to put up with asking the same question repeatedly and waiting for follow-up, then go for it.  But, if it will drive you batty, then it may be worth it to select the other photog.

I’d also ask her how long she’s been doing weddings, and how many she does a year. Maybe that will give you a better idea of why there are so few reviews.  You could also ask if she has some recent clients you could talk to re: referral.

Also, think about if her answers are satisfactory to you.  Keep in mind that you will likely not be asking very many questions post-booking.

I don’t think a 2-3 day wait time is unreasonable – but I would get annoyed if I had to keep reasking questions if my first questions weren’t answered (and this happened repeatedly).

 

Post # 6
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Newbee

I think communication is an important thing with the bride and photographer, they need to stay on it and get back to there clients as quickly as they can.  I am a firm believer in this when you own your own photography business, I get back to them that day of next.  I am constantly checking my email.

Like the others have said, their might be many reasons why she is not getting back to, December can be a busy time for us photogs, but if you are her client she should be doing all she can to put your mind at rest.  Being a bride you can go a little crazy with all the planning and appointment to meet vendors.  Just be carful nothing worse then the wedding ending and after a couple weeks still not being able to get a hold of her.  Maybe ask for a reference of another bride and see what they have to say about her.  I have done that for some of my brides.

Jason A. Burns

Post # 7
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Helper bee

I’m a photographer and can help you on this one.      I would call her and say ” we are looking to do a 20 minute call since we are nearly ready to book someone ” .    This will get you on her radar as a strong potential client ( sometimes we have a hard time telling who is a serious buyer and who is still at the beginning of planning ) .      

 

Post # 9
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Newbee

If you don’t mind me asking, what kind of photography style do you like? In my search I found a good few that were around 3-4k in the la area. 

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

Your price range seems really fair.  Have you put out an ad for a photog in craigslist and possibly the classified section here?  There are tons of photographers who are in other areas that are willing to travel…just to throw another kink in the works 😀

one of my fave photogs is http://www.folaadewole.com/blog (I know she’s willing to travel)

you may also want to check out klp2010… she’s a bride as well as an AWESOME photographer (shhhhh she doesn’t really advertise her photography here)…

same goes for onada….

as far as not being able to get in touch with your photog, i think that’s bad business practice honestly.  i’d hate for it to be after your wedding and you to be waiting for your album forever…

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010 - Carlouel Yacht Club

My photog travels everywhere…and he’s definitely “different,” which is why I was drawn to his work! And as for the communication issue, we are constantly in contact via Twitter, phone, email, etc…take a look! He is in your price range, and his packages include unlimited time on the day of the wedding (which was definitely a selling point for me)!

http://weddings.pilsterphotography.net/c/pilsterphotography

http://pilsterphotography.blogspot.com/

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

I did a quickie search for her and it looks like one of the weddingbee pros has taken shots of her (not really an example of her work ethics, but it’s always good when another pro links ya)…

http://www.weddingbeepro.com/2009/02/05/denise-bovee/

huh looks like she’s just newer but she’s really good…(i’m a stickler for trying out someone newer, but only because I just opened my business earlier this year and I oftentimes work harder for and with clients than people who are more established…)

http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2F1V7p/www.weddingchicks.com/wedding-chicks/featured-weddings-events/15317/vintage-wedding-ideas-from-denise-bovee-photography/

Post # 16
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Blushing bee

hope this all works out for you! Definitely need to be able to communicate well with your vendors!

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