I’ve been querying wedding vendors about their experiences with brides and grooms. One of the questions is “What questions do you hate?” In this mini-series of blog posts, you will have a better understanding of life on the other side of the wedding planning process. My first vendors are photographers. Here are replies from two of them:
“I have a friend who likes to take pictures. Can she follow you around and take them while you’re taking yours?”
“AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACCCCCCCCCCCKKKKKKKKKKK!” This drives me crazy! First of all, I have to deal with their flash going off, which interferes with my pictures. It’s like dragging around a toddler, and it takes me twice as long to do my photos.”
“Hey, I just wanted to send you a link to this photographer. I really like their style. This is to give you an idea of some things I would like.”
“For us, being that we are 100% purist in photojournalism, the suggestion is usually for fashion/traditional work. During our consultation, we go into great depths to explain and define our style. We have a well defined style, which is not for everyone, and we are fully prepared to turn away business if a client wants something other than what we provide. It is so very important for a bride to be fuly aware, and comfortable with how their photographer operates. To ask a photographer to mimic another photographer’s style is insulting, and will limit their personal capabilities in serving you best with their personal expertise. So, in a nutshell….do your research and know what’s important to you when it comes to the documentation of your day.”
I know the questions that frustrate me, but it’s interesting to learn from other vendors the ins and outs of their business. I will continue this discussion with other photographers, caterers, bakers, florists, and videographers, so stay tuned.