Consultation Location

Okay. So I’ve always done consultations in my home for 3 reasons:
1. I like inviting potential clients into the place I live…I feel like it gives them a window into my personality and family life.

2. I have a consultation room that displays canvases, books, images etc. so, it’s easy to show everything.

3. It’s easier for me. (That sounds dumb but it’s the truth!)

So, today I’m meeting a potential client at a Starbucks and while I’m waiting for them (bride, groom and mother of the bride) I thought I’d raise the question to you…which would you prefer? Would you like to meet a photographer in a studio? Why or why not?

What about meeting in a nuetral place like a coffee shop?

And finally what about meeting at their home?

Can’t wait to hear your opinions. Please, comment even if you’re not a looking for a photographer…it’s helpful to hear your thoughts.

April - September 21, 2008 - 2:56 pm

If your office is your home, then I would want to meet at your home and like you said, see your personality! The neutral location is impersonal and you don’t get to know the client or the consultant nearly as well. Hmmm, good question!

Meagan - September 21, 2008 - 8:30 pm

I think (in my opinion) it would be kind of impersonal to meet in a coffee shop. I love that you meet potential clients in your home… shows a side of you that most wouldn’t see, and I feel that it would be more comforting to a couple/family to meet somewhere private than in the middle of chaos (if it were most coffee shops are)

Jodi - September 22, 2008 - 8:09 am

I think a home or studio. It is more personal and you don’t have to worry about distractions from others around you.

Jill - September 22, 2008 - 8:37 am

I’d rather meet in a studio so I can see the person’s work. I think it’s much more personal, and you see your photographer as a person and not just as someone who takes pictures. I can see where maybe a nuetral place would be more comfortable, but I personally would rather see your work AND your personality.

KS Dallas - September 22, 2008 - 10:24 am

I would prefer a studio or in-home studio because I want to see the displays of the photographer’s work. Now if I have a location in mind where I want to have the shoot (ie: wedding chapel) then I might consider meeting the photographer there so they can see the place and give me their ideas on the shoot.

I think coffee houses are fine for some things (I met my realtor at one to sign a couple of papers) but I don’t think it is the right place for the initial meeting.


Susan - September 22, 2008 - 7:31 pm

I would prefer to meet a photographer in their home or studio – wherever they have things displayed and photo books to look at. I’d want to see their work – as much as possible…but then, I love looking at wedding photos!

Eleanor - September 23, 2008 - 6:54 am

I’d love to meet a photographer in their home!!!! It shows openess & would definately help a client get a sense of the photographers style. I think it’d help me really get to know them & build a rapor. if I’m sharing my family with them I’d love that they’re willing to share a bit of themself too. Dunno if this makes any sense.

Cheri - September 23, 2008 - 7:03 am

I think it is easiest to meet somewhere like what you have had in the past–where there is a consultation room with space to display examples of your work, various options, etc. It’s hard to lug everything to a coffee shop, I would think, and I also find it harder to concentrate in a venue like that.

Nine years ago, when we were interviewing photographers for our wedding, most had us meet them at their home. The ones we were most impressed with had a dedicated area in their home reserved for consultations/displays/etc. It was also nice in that the photographer was often able to step away for a few minutes to give us a chance to discuss our reactions/decisions in private.

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