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... What impression they give?
I think we all consider what impression we give to clients and potential clients, if you don't... well then maybe you're just too cool to worry about such things.
I have a friend who worked in 'business' in some different capacities, although never for himself. A couple of days ago he facebooked me about photography for his wedding... 'are you available for this date?' and 'what is your best price, can you give us a great discount for the referral for Jack and Janes wedding we recommended you for?' I asked him to send me more details about the day and the sort of coverage they'd like via email, as that was literally all I had... no venue, info etc. 'We're getting married here, reception here'. 'We don't know what we want yet as it's down to cost, budget is already majorly stretched'. 'If you could give us your most basic as a starting point... we definitely want coverage all day though'.
I have no problem with someone wanting a more basic package because of budget. I've done a couple of them and they went really very, very well because they loved my photography and embraced it the way I work. But, gee, if you just bark about budget at me it's not exactly going to win me over...
Truth is I offered them a complimentary session when I found out they were engaged, because he had referred me to his friend earlier in the year. But I didn't even get a reply...
Perhaps I'm just in a bad mood, but feel a little 'ruffled' by a 'distant friend'. My own fault. I already decided months ago to rule out their wedding should they approach me (don't like the idea of shooting for friends), and this just compounds that idea. But my mind half changed direction when they messaged me, probably due to not having as many bookings for 2013 as I expected at this point :/