“Most people are excited about the event they are planning, but not thrilled at the prospect of selecting a caterer, photographer, etc. Vendor selection certainly isn’t my favorite part. But I do have some advice for anyone currently going through the process.
First, don’t be lazy. Don’t just ask cousin Myron for his list of vendors unless you truly thought his event was spectacular. You’re spending your hard-earned money—invest a a little bit of time to make sure your money is well spent. Second, use technology to your advantage. In the old days, you had to meet a photographer in person to look at his or hew previous work. Now, you can look at the photos online. So, look. Really look. Don’t just scroll through the photos rapidly—this is the product you’re about to buy. These are the very best examples of this person’s work. The photos should give you a sense of confidence that this is the person you should be hiring.
That’s what sold us on Nancy. We could tell from her previous work that she has that gift that separates true photographers from people who take pictures. We hired her for our son’s Bar Mitzvah and we are very glad we did. The photos we asked her to take came out great. And some of the photos we didn’t ask her to take—some of the photos where she just saw something—came out fabulous. She was reliable and easy to work with, so I feel quite confident recommending her. Just take a look at her work.”