I can’t emphasise how much it means when a couple make a trip to visit me and my office (or perhaps just the dog?!) for their wedding photography consultation. For years I used to go all over for meetings like a travelling salesman with big bags full of albums! Sometimes meetings took place over grubby tables at Costa and in dodgy pubs that happened to be mid-way between me and the couple. More often than not those meetings would result in not many bookings and I truly believe now, after being in my garden office for coming up to two years that the environment I was meeting them in was the contributing fact to those booking rates.
Now, all of my meetings take place here at KMP HQ, they’re relaxed and the office is cosy and comfortable. As soon as you walk in you are greeted with personal touches and are surrounded by my work. This environment not only promotes what I do, but helps you understand my style and aesthetic too.
Of course, there is a excitable Labrador and some noisy chickens to contend with too (let me know if you’re uncomfortable with either!) but once through the house and into the office you can be confident knowing that our meeting is 100% about you, and your big day.
So, once you’re here drink in hand, what exactly happens at a wedding photography consultation?
You get to see, touch and experience product samples.
This is your chance to see albums, guestbooks, newspapers and signature frames before you make your decision about booking. Sometimes its seeing these items in person, being able to touch them and imagining them in your own home that can make your mind up about the photographer you choose.
You’ll be able to see and feel the quality of the items I offer and all the different customisation options too. Whether thats the colour and material of your album cover or comparing the sizes available. This is the type of thing its hard to imagine without being there in person with your hands on them.
You can watch some slideshows
I always show my couples a slideshow of my most recent work. This will give you the opportunity to see a mix of weddings and moments (often you can spot your wedding venue!). This is such an important step as you’ll see a variety of images from all sorts of wedding days. Some may have been boiling hot and sunny, it may have been rainy at a few and some may have been winter weddings.
What you should notice though is the consistency in editing and style, proving I’m capable to deal with any situation thrown at me! If you’re interested in stop motion video I can also show you some examples of this too.
You can decide if you like me
Deciding if you like your photographer is so important. You’ll be spending so much time with them on your wedding day that the last thing you want is to hire someone that you really can’t stand! Meeting your photographer for a consultation beforehand is the perfect opportunity to see whether you click and gives you the chance to imagine them being at your big day.
I pride myself of being a calm and quiet person, I’m often told that guests just assumed I was a friend of the couple with a nice camera – and I love this! I want to blend into your wedding, not control it and also be on hand to solve any issues or worries you may be having too.
You have the opportunity to ask questions about anything
Chances are this is the first wedding you’ve planned and you probably have SO many questions. consultations are your best opportunity to get those answered, no matter how silly you think they are. I’m usually pretty good at answering your questions about photography before you even realised you needed to ask them! But there is always something that may crop up, so please do ask away.
If you’re at the very start of planning your wedding I can also recommend lots of suppliers that I’ve worked with in the past. So let me know if there is anything you are struggling with because I would love to help put you in touch with others who can make your big day dreams a reality.
You can book your date in person
Lots of the couples who come to meet me at my office book there and then. if you’re comfortable with my packages, feel like we’ll get on well and are just excited to see how I can capture your wedding for you then I’m always happy to book with you on the day.
Photography is a big decision, so I’ll never push you into booking. Instead I give everyone who visits me a consultation pack which includes all the information you’ll need should you decide I am the photographer for you. You’ll also get a copy of my wedding guide which is full of images, information and lots of FAQ’s.
If you’ve had to travel to see me and you’re not familiar with Manningtree, below are some of my favourite spots so you can make an evening of your visit and head out to dinner afterwards.
- Lucca (the best pizza!)
- The Mistley Thorn
- The Tea House (great for lunch if you visit in the daytime)
- The Sun Inn
- The Marlborough
- Essex Rose Tea Room (another great lunch spot)
You may also want to combine your visit to me with then meeting some more local suppliers: