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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Photog Phrustration

A while back Mr. ST and I decided to start hounding down looking at photographers for our wedding.  We figured we could have first picks still since we are still over a year away.  I started with calling the photographers that we knew other people used (like Mr. ST's sister - her photog was amazing)


No one called me back.  NO ONE.  One guy didn't even have an email or answering machine.


Then I moved on to looking through Weddingbee's vendor page to see if I could find someone in our area.  BINGO!  A company that has a branch right down the street from us!  AW-Some.  This works out since Mr. ST travels so far to work and has a very long commute.  It would not be hard to set-up an interview.  We set a date, and the company sent out a sales rep.  She was very nice... however, we only got to see samples of what the photographers work.  We would have to book with them before we could meet with any of them.  What if we booked, I met photographer A and haaaaaated him?????  Then what?  So when she called to follow up I simply told her we were still looking and I would get back to her.  (The company has since called me once a week for every week since we met!!!).


Mr. ST asked around to other couples we know getting married soon, or that have gotten married recently.  He got a few more names.  I placed a few more emails and calls.  The biggest problem we are having: most of the photographers are far away.  We would have to take an entire DAY to meet with one, maybe two of them just to interview with them. I don't know if we are that desperate to be riding around the state all day.


Am I going about this the wrong way?  Do brides/grooms/couples still interview photographers?  PA-Lease give me some suggestions!!  We are in New Jersey, so obviously someone in this state is best, although a little bridey told me about someone who will travel from state to state (<3 you!).  HELP!!!

7 comments:

The Vintage Modern Bride said...

i think your best bet is to find out when a bridal show is. usually there are tons of photographers at those with all their work displayed and have the ability to talk one on one with you. hope that helps!

Lyn said...

I am getting married in Pennsylvania but I live in Colorado. We booked a photographer based off of family suggestions. I looked on websites and then started email and phone conversations and booked the one they had suggested! I was nervous at first, but after seeing his work and talking to him, I feel much better. I would say, do NOT give in and book a photographer before you've met (or at least spoken with multiple times) him/her. If you end up not liking the person, the photos will not be as good.

jacin {lovely little details} said...

my biggest piece of advice is to keep searching until you find someone you really click with. they are going to be with you ALL day long, and you need to get along with them. are you getting married in NJ? i have several highly recommended photogs i can send your way! we do weddings in NJ too so i can definitely help you with vendor recs!

Bride-onicles said...

I also agree with Stephanie, you can check out a bridal show and see their work, but those can be a little overwhelming and you have to fight other brides to get to talk with them so time can be limited with them but you do get to see some of their work. And I agree, I didn't know if we were supposed to interview them either but I wanted to meet in person, I was really afraid I would hire someone and they would flake. But it ended out working out really well. You will know when you find the right person for the job!

Rachel said...

That is frustrating! I hope you find a photog that you love... just keep looking. It took us a little time until we found the right one who was responsive and had admirable work. I can't recommend someone since I am across the country in Seattle. Good luck with your search!

Kirsty said...

good luck!

Shoshanah said...

I actually searched the weddingbee local boards to see if anyone had a suggestion. I haven't booked a photo but I do have a meeting set up soon, so hopefully that goes well and I can check something else off on the list!