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The No Stress System to Choosing a Wedding Photographer

June 28th, 2022

Congratulations on your recent engagement. I’m sure if you’re looking at photographers, you’ve started to realize planning the perfect wedding feels like a full-time job and the options can be a bit overwhelming. This little system on choosing the perfect wedding photographer for your wedding is foolproof. If you follow it exactly, you’ll know exactly what you’re going to get from your wedding photos. It’s applicable to all budget levels, so take a minute to read it and you’ll be a step ahead in at least one aspect of your planning.

This may seem obvious, but competency should be your number one criteria in choosing a wedding photographer. Everything else is secondary. They can be the nicest person in the world, but if the photos aren’t very good, who cares? You’re not looking for a friend, you’re looking for great photos of your wedding. But gauging competency is sometimes difficult. The work we all put on our websites and in our sample albums is our best work. And, unfortunately, that can sometimes be deceiving.

Imagine if you could go to someone else’s wedding, in your pajamas, and walk around and look at the work of your prospective vendors. You could see what the flowers look like after 5 hours, taste the food and cake and watch the dj or band as they engage the crowd – all without being seen. You have that option with your photographer. You just need to know how to ask.

Start your search by gathering names from friends, family and vendors and by searching websites of local wedding photographers. Spend some time on websites, read reviews and imagine yourself in the photos you see. Narrow your search to your 3-5 favorites.

Contact the photographers by email and make one simple request: If you have my date available, please show me 2-3 full weddings from the past year, preferably from the time of day of your wedding. A full wedding is the gallery they give to the clients, not just a selection of images in an album or on a website. There should be hundreds of photos in a full gallery. Why email, why not simply call them? By nature, photographers have great people skills and as a result, many photographers are great salespeople. They will want to meet you before they show you the galleries. They’ll say things like, “I’m happy to show you that, no problem, but let’s meet and make sure we’re compatible before we get to that part.” That translates into, “Come let me sell you on my services and we may never even have to get to the pesky full wedding thing.” Stick to your guns. Don’t skip the initial research. 2-3 full weddings will give you a great overall picture of their style, coverage and skills.

If the photographer doesn’t want to show you full galleries, move on. They could very well be hiding something and who wants to take that risk? Don’t fall for the privacy response (“I’m very considerate of my client’s privacy, so I can’t show you that.”) I’ve seen that response given to newbies in forums to use when they don’t want to have to show their full weddings. You’re not asking for specific weddings, just 2-3 of the photographer’s choice. If they show weddings on their website, then they should be willing to show you full weddings.

After looking through several full wedding galleries of images (don’t worry, you can move quickly, what you’re looking for will be apparent as you go), narrow down your list to 2 or 3 photographers. Phone or email your narrowed down prospects and set up appointments. Pay attention to how quickly they respond. Ask an additional question in a separate email and continue to monitor response time. This is not to waste their time (don’t send a long list of questions), but to gauge whether they’ll get back to you on a timely basis. One of the biggest complaints couples have of the vendors after their wedding is un-returned calls or emails. Don’t expect minutes – good photographers are busy people – but you should hear back within the day, unless you are emailing on the weekend, when they might be shooting or taking a precious off day. If it’s a weekend, a Monday morning response is more than acceptable.

At the actual meeting, you can start to differentiate by personality and compatibility. Because at this point, you should only be meeting with people who are very talented, shoot the style of photos you like and respond to you in a timely manner. Now, simply pick the person you like the best, who offers albums and packages you like and who fits within your budget.

Many photographers are better sale’s people than they are shooters. Do your homework and image research, as described above, so you won’t become a victim of a weak photographer’s personal charms. Digital photography brought a lot of photographers into the business who were lured by the relatively large sums wedding photographers appear to make compared to other types of photography (although it costs a lot more to shoot a wedding). But the skills and equipment needed to manage a wedding photography business are very different from a standard portrait or landscape photographer. Another reason to see full weddings is to make sure you are looking at actual weddings they’ve shot and not just pretty pictures of models.

Optimizing Your Logistics and Distribution

June 24th, 2022

Undeniably, the most crucial role of a company following the production is the distribution and logistics of the final goods so that they reach the end consumers at the right time. Clearly, logistics and delivery both have an unmatched role to play in the performance of the business. Hence, a steadfast and seamless mechanism for your goods distribution will ensure that your customers are satisfied with you. While the system of logistics and distribution varies with companies depending on the kind of products they deal in, optimizing it means following some discrete approach. However, here are discussed some easy and tacit ways to simplify distribution operations to make sure customers get a satisfying service.

Resource efficient packaging

Most of the times, courier and delivery services companies deploy a uniform packaging system, irrespective of what they are distributing. Many times, we see a simple consumer good, which is not as fragile as an electronic item, arriving with layers of packaging. So, you need to make sure that your packaging do not become excessive and as per the product nature from you logistics service provider. This way not only wastes will be reduced but also the costs of packing.

Bring forth new delivery options

Just not the products but there are many things that matter in delivery like the weight, dimension, nature or type of product, or whether it needs cold storage. While all this have a huge impact on the customers’ satisfaction and state of the product when it will arrive at them, you need to find out whether you own delivery system have options to take care of all the aspects well.

Turning on automated processes for delivery

Another way you can assure that your delivery systems are fulfilling all expectations of customers is automation. Tracking of delivery route, time and vehicles/driver details, will help customers relax back while their orders are out for delivery. This further reduces the random calls and inquiries from the customers regarding their products.

Picking a logistics and delivery partner

The most befitting way to streamline your logistics and delivery mechanism is joining hands with a full-fledged delivery and courier services company who will help you through and out. From special handling of the products to warehousing management, products packaging to dispatch, doorstep deliveries to customers services, they will be in charge of all.

You need to realize that the logistics role is hard and it is that significant part of your business, which can hold back your customers providing them right delivery facilities. Whichever business you are into, just make sure your logistics support is well optimized and automated to get your products aptly to your end customers.

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