I’ve reached out to all these photographers regarding our photography needs for our post-wedding reception this September. Although, I wouldn’t wait to contact a photographer as late as I am (less than nine months) if you already have your date picked out.
These four photographers are all featured in the Married in Milwaukee website. This is one of the best resources for Milwaukee venues and vendors. Plus they feature articles about different trends and styles.
While I loved a lot of the photos Janviere has on the website, I didn’t love the communication with Jennifer. I submitted the form on the website, explained that I only needed reception coverage and a little session with only my husband and I. Jennifer responded asking how many hours of coverage and that she would be able to give a better quote. I responded that It should be about 4-5. After that I never heard back from her.
Craig responded almost immediately to the message I sent, but he already had this day booked. He did offer to reach out to a few other photographers on my behalf to see if our date is available. Very kind! It was through this list that I found a photographer that I loved even more than the four listed here. Thank you Craig!
I received an auto-response email immediately after I sent my initial request. He ended up being busy during my date, but offered the names of one photographer. I wasn’t too interested in that portfolio, so he was out.
I received a response back within 20 minutes of sending my initial request for information. Tia Brindel already has a magazine style “Wedding Guide” to showcase her different packages, which was sent to me via email and then she requests an in person meeting. Since I’m planning from Texas, I am unable to stop in to meet with her. I suggested a phone call moving forward. This phone call never took place. I called the following week and left a message with my phone number and asked for her to call me back. I never received a phone call, but only another email. I never answered and there was not a follow-up email after that.
The most intriguing part of the entire “photographer shopping” experience was that, even though I had these four picked out based on their portfolio, I didn’t choose any of them. This is the photographer I chose:
I sent an email, explaining my “after the wedding” celebration and that Craig had recommended her. She sent over her wedding magazine and I fell in love. Not only seeing her body of work, but learning more about her. Amanda describes herself as a nerd, but I can see that she embraces her career in a fun and loving manner. I can’t wait for her to create beautiful memories for us!
It really irks me that some photographers charge an outrageous amount, but don’t offer the communication necessary for them to “land a gig”. I find it unprofessional on their part to not answer or not call back. This is thousands of dollars we’re talking about here. Photography, especially wedding photography, is expensive. It is well worth the investment, but finding the right company to work with was rather difficult.
The photos used in this post are from the photographers websites. Click on the images to be taken to their website.