Mitchel and I have been wedding photographers for well over 6 years now. That’s 6 whole years of being in the “wedding services” industry.
Most people don’t see the professional side of weddings. We are going to tell you what it’s REALLY like being on the inside. All of the CRAZY stuff that goes on. Secrets, betrayal, AND MORE. Just kidding, it’s nothing like that, at least in our experience!
If you’ve ever seen anyone on Facebook ask for recommendations for a wedding photographer, then you know there are TONS out there. Honestly, you probably know about 10 photographers off the top of your head. One person asks for a photographer and 15 minutes later, they have 1902 comments. 😉
That’s pretty much what we deal with every day. We hope people recommend us on those statuses or if we see them, we hope we are one of the first 529 to comment.
Now, we LOVE getting recommended by our family and friends. Half of all the weddings we book come from recommendations, which means more to us than you will ever know. We LOVE knowing someone was happy enough with our work to recommend us to a friend.
BUT, that’s not the point of this post. We actually want to talk about which photographers WE recommend. Yes, that’s right – photographers recommending other photographers.
We have been so blessed to have met so many photographer friends who also refer us to couples when they are booked, we always try to do the same!
In some industries, it’s cutthroat. There is no “fair play.” Think car dealers. Now, I don’t want to stereotype anyone who sells cars, but it’s the first thing that comes to mind.
If a person walks onto the lot to buy a car, it seems like 4 people are standing at the door, staring at them waiting. I’ve heard stories of (not-so-nice) car salespeople tricking another salesman into giving up sales or lying behind their backs.
Obviously this isn’t true of every salesperson, but that’s the way some people think of wedding photographers. People ask us all the time, “oh, are you mad they chose _____ over y’all?” or “oh, I’m sorry you didn’t get to shoot that wedding.”
Here is what we tell everyone, we REALLY hope they found the PERFECT photographer for them! Yes, we love being able to capture someone’s wedding day. It’s soooo special to us, but we also know that our style doesn’t fit everyone.
We have a bright, airy, and natural shooting style. Not everyone likes the same look, and that’s perfectly okay.
We’ve had a lot of couples ask us about a wedding photographer, but after some questions, we realize we might not be the best fit. There are a lot of different factors that go into choosing a wedding photographer.
These are photos you’re going to look back on for the rest of your life, and you don’t want to choose someone who edits in a style differently than you prefer. More importantly, it matters that you like the person themselves!
When we talk to a couple who isn’t a good fit for our style or we’re book, we are ALWAYS so happy to be able to refer to other great photographers. As long as the couple gets amazing photographers after their wedding day, we call that a success. We couldn’t imagine what it would be like if we didn’t have beautiful photos to look back on.
Because we’ve been in the wedding world for so long, we’ve made a lot of business friends.
Obviously, COVID-19 has had a huge impact on weddings. People have sadly had to postpone and reschedule their wedding date, which inevitably means that they have lost vendors who aren’t available on their new wedding date.
Thankfully, we have been able to reschedule all of our couples and we have been available on their new dates. We are thankful that if we were not available, that we would have so many photographer friends that we would feel comfortable recommending. That’s the beauty of networking and having made great wedding vendor friends!