A little bit of a different topic here, but it is interesting. I responded to a tweet from Grover Sanschagrin (Co-Founder of PhotoShelter, which is integrated into this website) who asked the following about prospective wedding clients, “What are the top 10 things to ask a client before you agree to shoot”.
I responded with something along the lines of, “First question-Have you ever been committed to an institution or been forced to take anger management courses by a judge?”, and of course he just had to include that in this excellent article
All kidding aside, I’m scared to death of trying to cover someone’s wedding who is not going to be happy with us. Whether it’s me, them, or a combination of both I really want to make sure we are a good “fit” for each other. I truly believe that conflict between the bride and the photographer can result in some poor images, or lack of images. It is for this reason that I insist on meeting with the bride at least once, sometimes twice, before the contract is signed. The better relationship that the photographer and the bride (and groom) have going into the wedding day can really pay off with some awesome images!
And yes, I have declined quite a few weddings. But more importantly, I consider all of my past wedding clients great friends and hope to continue photographing them for many years.
Grover’s next article is going to be, “What are the Top 10 Questions for a Prospective Photographer” and I’ll be sure to post a link to it here as soon as it comes out, See Ya!!!