I always have a potential bride ask me “Have you ever photographed a bridezilla” they’re shocked when I tell them “No, I actually have not”, but then I go into the explanation as to why I haven’t. When you own your business and you do all of the leg work for it e.g., advertise, meet/greet clients, meet with vendors etc… I feel its your job to make sure that the potential client that you are getting an inquiry from fits with your style photography as well as personality. Not all potential clients will be a fit. When I meet up with my potential clients I always bring out my true self and tell them “You’re hiring a crazy, funny lady” They love it, and love me. I can meet up with all potential brides and tell them I actually have be-friended all of my brides. I am there with them throughout their first year of marriage and beyond! I love it. That is what is important to me their trust, friendship and communication.
Just recently I was offered an amazing opportunity to go to a wedding destination I could only have dreamed of. I couldn’t believe it, they loved my work, my personality (via emails) but once I Skype’d with the bride and the groom I had to turn down the wedding. I could tell how our personalities in reality didn’t fit, even though via email we could communicate so well. I went ahead via Skype told them that I had turn down their offer and not photograph their wedding, and I explained my reasons as to why I had come up with this decision. The bride was a tad upset, but understood that it wasn’t going to workout. And even though I lost a great chance to go sit in Hawaii for 3 full days all expenses paid it wasn’t worth it for me at the end if the bride and I and the groom as well couldn’t communicate and see eye to eye. I wished them the best and as I ended the Skype I was relieved knowing I did the right thing. I was upfront, I was honest and didn’t take on a wedding that I knew would be difficult because of a demanding bride who I knew no matter what I did for her she wouldn’t be happy. The best policy is honesty and saying that word that not a lot of people can say and that is “NO”.
Stay Fabulous! XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO