Be Prepared!

July 23, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Getting married?  I'm sure you've thought of EVERY detail, right?  You've chosen your service providers with care and respect them for their work. You took their schedules into consideration because you KNOW you will receive the utmost service when it comes to you, your event and your date.

Let me tell you, not everyone thinks that way however. Last Tuesday I received a frantic call from a groom who was getting married on Friday.  I guess he thought he was doing good by thinking a whole TWO DAYS in advance of his wedding! He was looking for a photographer to cover six hours of ceremony, fun & merriment.  Now, I'm considered flexible when it comes to scheduling and, if available, can accept a wedding with as little as only two weeks notice before the day. Needless to say, I refused the job. My husband doesn't understand why I would turn down work but I have a few very valid reasons:

  1. I was out of town, on vacation when I took the gentleman's call. I would have been back at home for the wedding but only JUST back. I would have camera gear to inspect, batteries to charge, work clothing to prepare, etc.
  2. I had no idea of any of the other vendors, venue location, preferred images or type of ceremony. There was no time to meet with any other providers or investigate potential cultural quirks to be prepared.
  3. There was no prepared timeline for significant events during the wedding (for example, would the cake be cut before or after dinner? Would there be a dinner?). What if I had to take a bathroom break during an important scene? These are things I schedule around a bridal couple's schedule!
  4. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY... How would my services be respected and valued if photography was an afterthought to the entire event?

I gently refused the man on the phone with an apology, saying I would need a minimum of two weeks prior to any job to accomplish most of my pre-work. I wished him well but stood firm as he begged. I could not, in good conscience, even recommend a colleague for him.

Wracked with guilt? A little, but feeling good about my decision to feel good about me and my craft. I cannot educate couples about the value of the art I bring to their wedding and their everlasting memories if they are not open to respect for the value of what I do for the generations that follow them.

 

 


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