(Closed) Where to meet photographer?

posted 4 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
1420 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley

I would say it is not weird if she has a home studio.  If it’s just over for tea and a chat, then I’d feel a little strange.  I fyou aren’t comfortable, why not meet at a local coffee shop? That’s what we did with a few of our vendors. 

Post # 3
3276 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I went to my photographers home for all our meetings. 

Post # 4
3037 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

We met our photographer at a local diner for dinner. They even bought us dinner – how nice! We met our DJ at a Panera Bread. My friend, however did meet her cake baker at her home since she made her cakes at home in her kitchen. 

Post # 5
115 posts
Blushing bee

We met our photographers at their home since they’re a duo, it was actually really lovely. We got a better sense of what kind of people they are and how well we would get on than with others we had met at coffee shops, plus I got to play with their dogs 🙂

Post # 6
1164 posts
Bumble bee

Splodge2003:  We met one at our house and one at our venue (it’s a hotel so we sat in the bar and had a coffee)

Post # 7
468 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

Splodge2003:  I think its fine. My fiance and I invited our photographer to a local beer festival and just had a chat with him over a few drinks! It worked out great as we all felt totally relaxed and are now on great terms exchaging friendly messages on FB. Probably wouldn’t work for everyone but it only gos to show

Post # 8
96 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

If the discomfort you’re feeling is your first gut reaction, then go with it.

A quiet place is usually good that way you can discuss details like what type of shots you want, pricing etc. Once he/she can show you their work and you’re happy with it then location shouldn’t really be a big issue. 

I saw my photographer’s work on fb and attended a wedding where he was a photographer a few months back. That allowed me to observe his work for that day and decide if I liked it. I happened to go to a coffee shop where he was and said hi are you……? That kinda freaked him out as I rattled off details of his previous shoots and the connection to the earlier wedding. After this semiawkward but entertaining discussion most of our convos happened online and then we met to see the reception venue to discuss photo locations.

Go with your gut. After all it’s business not friends meeting up. Don’t let anyone pressure you into thinking your apprehension is ‘wierd’.

Post # 9
479 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

We met with our baker in her home because that’s where she works.  Photog and a florist who didn’t have a stroefront were at coffee shops.  

If she works at home she may want you to meet there so she has full access to her past work.  Ours did bring an iPad with a portfolio, but I’m sure had we met in her home she would have been able to share even more.

Post # 10
4892 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Our photographer is out of town, so we were going to meet at a local coffee shop, but then ended up meeting at the mall food court instead.

However, we met our officiant at her home since she does her business from her house.

If you’re uncomfortable with meeting her at her house, have someone (or more than just someone) come with you.

  • This reply was modified 4 years ago by  Kacie209.
Post # 11
1612 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Splodge2003:  We’ve had 2 meetings with our photographer now and both were at Starbucks. We did meet the decorator, cake maker, and DJ at their homes as they all have children.

Post # 12
2110 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I met mine at a coffee shop. i think you should do what you’re comfortable with. Most phitographers I would think would be willing to work with you.

Post # 13
11657 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

Splodge2003:  My photographer wotks out of her home studio in her basement – but she was very professional and her studio was very professional.  A lot of photographers I know work out of their homes.  I only met with one who had a studio/office.  The others I met at their home studio or a coffee shop.

Post # 14
1913 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX

I went to my photographer’s home to meet with them. My best friend is a wedding photographer also, and she has her studio in a spare bedroom in their home. Not weird at all.

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