Today we’re chatting about the two things you never want to say to your wedding photographer.
Can we get a different style? As a photographer, I can tell you right now, that if I ever had a consultation or email inquiry (which I have) where someone makes this statement, I will not book that client. It’s not out of spite, or some ego power trip thing. It’s simply that I know I’m not the right fit for that client. Why? Because they have doubts, and the last thing I want to do is enter a working relationship where someone doesn’t resonate with the style I’ve built my brand on. If you’re not 100% in love with your photographers style prior to the wedding, it’s safe to assume you won’t be 100% in love with it after. My advice to soon to be brides is to only contact photographers whose style you love. If you don’t love what a photographer is putting out, reaching out is simply a waste of time for both parties.
Can we get a discount? I often find that if a client mentions this during a consultation, my energy and excitement will drop. It’s imperative to know your budget prior to booking your vendors, so you know what you can afford. Asking a vendor to drop their prices for you starts your relationship off on the wrong foot, as they will feel you don’t value their time and effort. On average I usually spend 50-60 hours on each of my couples. So while you may think, it’s just 8-10 hours of work, I can assure you that for a professional it’s a lot more. My advice? Know your budget before reaching out. If a photographer is too expensive and you can’t raise your budget, keep on shopping. If you can adjust your budget, reach out.