I guess by now you might have looked over my website (and many others) and might be thinking about giving me a call or sending me an email? That's great, and I can't wait to chat through your wedding day plans with you. But, when is the best time to book your wedding photographer?
Most wedding photographers will only take one booking per day, so if you are looking to take your plans to the next level, you should ideally have a few basic things sorted out or at least in the process of before reaching out. If you are only looking for pricing, then my rates are available on the 'Investment' page. So what basics should you have in place?
These are the three things you should ideally have in place:
- Your wedding date confirmed
- Your wedding venues booked
- Registrar booked if not a church wedding
Without these items in place, it can become costly to change dates, and you might lose your chosen photographer. Couples have contacted me in the past that don't have this necessary information arranged, and I have not been able to complete the booking until they have completed the basics.
Assuming you have the basics sorted it's time to start reaching out
You might now be thinking of emailing or picking up the telephone? If you send an email, it's good also to include your telephone number so that I can call you back. Email is great for the first point of contact, but I find it's best to chat on the phone so that we can talk through your day, tell you about the options and you can ask me any questions you might have. Don't worry; I am no super salesperson; I like to give all the details so you can make an informed choice.
What to expect when we first talk
I like to keep things relaxed and informal. When we first speak with each other, there are a few basic things that I would typically try to cover; the list below will give you an idea of what to expect:
- You and your partners' name
- What date are you getting married?
- Have you sorted out a venue yet?
- Is it a church, registry office or hotel wedding?
- How many guests will there be?
- What are your rough timings for the day?
- Have you sorted a budget for your wedding photography?
- Do you have any questions for me?
Making a booking
If you decide to book me as your wedding photographer during the telephone conversation, I will arrange to take a 25% deposit for the booking and look at organising a date for us to meet up for a friendly face to face chat about your day. We don't have to meet up if that's more comfortable for you, but it's good to get to know each other before the wedding day. Some couples like to have an engagement shoot, let me know if this is something you would like to do?
The deposit confirms the booking, and then this date is locked in the diary for your wedding day only. If you need a little more time to think about booking me, I would typically follow up a few days later with an email to see how you're getting along with your plans and if you would like to talk again.
Anyway, I hope you found this short post helpful and I look forward to speaking or meeting with you soon.