Paul Vincent Photography
In the span of my career as a wedding photographer, I have seen first hand how couples evolved in choosing their suppliers wisely. Couples now understand why is it best to spend more on quality rather than quantity. Still i find couples out there who are basing their decisions on how many items they can have and whose gonna give the biggest discount. And where do you find them? In bridal fairs of course, I have nothing against bridal fairs, I always join fairs too.
A wake up call: All suppliers in bridal fairs will show their best, its a SHOWCASE. You wouldnt know if youll be getting the same quality of work till the day of your event. You will hear all kinds of beautiful words or sales talk during these events. And what are these beautiful words? “discounts” and “freebies” of course! Sadly, some are still blinded by these words.
We do offer them also but to a limit. You know why? Coz quality service and output will be affected. I am more concerned on the quality that we will be giving the couple, rather than what more I can give you to gain your trust and for you to book us. For me I let my work do the talking. QUALITY AND CONSISTENCY is our motto, and they are “always” merged together, and not “quality…every now and then”, or best described as “hit and miss”. Too bad if you will fall on the “miss” part. So why am i thinking out loud? To educate everyone who needs to know, not to decide hastily in getting suppliers specially in fairs, or just because they have the biggest discounts or have more freebies or have “celebrities” as their samples.
Know their work, how CONSISTENT they are with their service and output and how well do you get along with them. Know these and you are set. Here’s a tip: To know how consistent a supplier is, ask their last 5 consecutive weddings during their peak season (December or January). Most of us are shooting everyday during peak season. You will know how good your suppliers are if they are consistent during these times.
I am not saying we are perfect, though this is what we aim for, and yet we barely scratch the top of it. We cannot please everybody that is a fact but we always do our very best and put our hearts out in every shoot. Keep in mind, a stress free event, professional service and quality work are always priceless.