The Naked Truth about Wedding Photography
We desire for your experience from Wedding Show to Wedding Day to be respectful, stress-free, and something you will remember and recommend to your friends and family in the future. Sophias Art Photo believes that you have the right to be treated fairly and professionally. But as with most industries, Photography Services Providers fall into two categories: there are those small business owners who put their hearts and souls into pleasing their clients, creating amazing visual stories, and also get compensated to create. Then there are very astute business people build business models using traditional sales tactics to acquire photography clients, at all costs, regardless of the artistic abilities of the photographers they send to shoot the event.
The most effective tool we can give you to navigate the landscape of available providers in your area is a basic side by side comparison. If you see or hear any of the red flags described on the left, you should consider other providers first. If you desire to be treated like family, consider providers who see you as we do at Sophias Art Photo. Transparency is important to us. It should be important to you. Happy Hunting!
What you can Expect from Most Wedding Photographers - Salespeople, trying to lock you into a Contract
Get bombarded with high pressure sales tactics and pressured into making a fast decision without all of the information!
Professional Sales Call
Get steamrolled by high pressure sales tactics, including:
” This deal is only good on this phone call “
” If you don’t sign today I have to cross you off my list and give your date away “
” I have someone else who wants your date unless you book with me right now “
Booking your Photographer
Pay a variable amount ( typically 25% to 50% of balance due ) up front, giving you less leverage and more likely to not break your contract if you are ever unhappy during the process.
Pay your ENTIRE Balance
Pay ALL of your balance BEFORE the wedding date – typically 30 – 90 days prior, or risk breaching contract and losing photographer. Once they know they have you under contract, you are at their mercy for substituting photographers, or just not showing up at all!
Enjoy your Wedding Day
This is what you have been planning for. It’s the last day to be stressed that your fully paid photographer may show up late (or not at all) and doesn’t do what they said they would do!
Post Event Production
Since the Photographer has been fully paid, you are at their mercy and have no choice but to wait for your images.
We have heard stories of couples waiting YEARS for their images.
These companies will come up with every excuse in the book for the delays, and you have little recourse if you ever want to see your images at all!
What you can Expect from Sophia's Art Photo - Family, Treating you Like Family
Meet us at a show, see our style, interact with us in person, and form an opinion of us as people!
Get to Know Us Better!
Get all our questions answered about photography, us, and what to expect. We do not pressure people, because this is a very important decision.
You have to know that you have made the right choice, based on TRUST and not high pressure sales tactics.
You also have the right to take as much time as you need to decide.
Booking Sophias Art
Pay a set amount ( typically $249 – $300 depending on your budget ). No tricks. No sales gimmicks. No hidden fees. Your remaining balance will be split into Ten Payments.
Flex your Payment!
Only the first SEVEN payments are due before the wedding. We recognize the unfairness of being asked to pay all of your balance before any of the work has been done.
We also recognize that there is more work AFTER the wedding. Honesty and Trust are important to us!
Enjoy your Wedding Day
This is what you have been planning for. We approach every wedding as if the remaining balance depends on our performance ( as it should! ). We KNOW we have to do it right the first time.
Post Event Production
Since the Photographer has Very Simple:
1 Payment within 3 weeks = Image Reveal, Design Consultation, and delivery of the first set of images ( typically 50-75 “hero” images )
1 Payment within 6 weeks = editing and designing the Album Layouts
FINAL payment within 9 weeks = approval of final album design, sending album order to production, and release of all the final edited images.