(Closed) Would you choose a photographer without meeting them

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
1671 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Church

@anemone681:  I think I would want to at least Skype with someone to get a feeling before booking. Talk to them and see them.

Post # 4
1916 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I didn’t meet my photographer until the day she showed up for my wedding.  We had an extended phone conversation and I knew she was the right one.  A week before my wedding, we had a skype conversation to discuss my priorities for the wedding.  Just trust your gut and do your research.

Post # 5
9952 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Mr TTR & I Eloped to a Destination Wedding… so we never met either the Officiant or the Photographer before hand (talked to one by Email / Phone, and the other we saw some on-line samples of their work)

Now IF I was planning a Traditional BIG White Pouffy Family Wedding with all the fixings, I might have worried a lot more… and truly wanted to meet one on one, and have a run-thru / test drive (such as an Enagement Shoot)

BUT I do believe that you can learn a lot by looking at a Photographer`s Portfolio, Reading On-Line Reviews etc.

Hope this helps,


Post # 6
9681 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@anemone681:  I wouldn’t. Getting along with a photog, feeling a general rapport is important, and getting comfortable is important. 

Post # 7
750 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I had to I am having a Destination Wedding so pretty much all my vendors are based on images of their work, feedback from other brides, and my gut feeling. I talked to my photogrpaher on the phone

Post # 8
11657 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

@anemone681:  i’d want to make sure I had a conversation or 2 with them, i met one photog – loved his work and his price but i couldn’t have a conversation with him – it was just uncomfortable, and for me to not want to talk to someone is seriously weird.

Post # 9
621 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I did !! I’m getting married in my home city, which is not the city I live in now. So I booked our home city photographer without metting her, because we wanted to make sure we could book her because she is AH-MAZING!! However, we talk frequently, so it feels like I know her haha. We booked her in May of this year, and still haven’t been able to meet with her because we never visit our home city longer than a day or so. Probably won’t officially meet her until March. But i’m not worried at all.


Good luck!!

Post # 11
6741 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

I had to because it’s a destination wedding. I just looked at all the options and came on to the bee to make sure she really was the best. Ultimately, we will skype, but several emails back and forth and I got a good enough vibe to book and pay a deposit.

Post # 12
3229 posts
Sugar bee

I did and it was a great experience.

Post # 13
341 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I only had a phone conversation with our photographer before we booked her. While I think it is important to get along with your photographer, I think it is equally important if not more so, that you like their entire gallery. It’s easy to pick a few amazing pictures out of a wedding, but I wanted a photographer that was going to wow me with an entire wedding.

Post # 14
4192 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

Ditto the idea about having a Skype conversation beforehand.

Post # 15
2550 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@anemone681:  we didn’t meet our photographer until an hour before the ceremony! It was a destination wedding in Mexico & we just didn’t have the time or money to go down there… It worked out great- he was a funny guy that we both felt very comfortable with.

Post # 16
731 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Skype or meet for sure!! 

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