Timeline Meeting FAQs!
With so many new and rescheduled weddings coming up in 2022, we are struggling to fit in all our timeline meetings in time! Nonetheless we find it crucial to meet our clients at their venue ahead of their big wedding day – read below to see why….
We already have an overview in detail of what timeline meetings are at the link about!
Why Timeline Meetings are Important
In a nutshell we like sit down to go through a timeline your day with you so we can ensure we can capture the images you want without time or other constraints, with the happy side-effect being that of a more relaxed and less rushed wedding day. Brides and Grooms expecting photographers to just ‘turn up and take photos’ is the number one reason for dissatisaction with wedding photography, and all of our clients have found the timeline meeting process invaluable in planning a fun and memorable day. One exmple is sorting your family group shots list with you to ensure this part of the day takes 30 minutes or less rather than a painful one hour or usually longer.
Having this meeting early on means we can give you ideas and knowledge going forward with planning your day and booking other suppliers. It is an important part of the process that leads to our exceptionally high customer satisfaction rate, as we help them avoid the very common traps and pitfalls of poorly run weddings – leading to missed moments, hectic wedding days, and rushed memories.
Why do you keep mentioning not having enough time?
The most common pitfall of rushed and unhappy weddings are what we call the venue imposed ‘2/4 split’ as we call it: with ceremony at 2, and dinner at 4, cramming virtually all your photography as well as other planned events and moments into a 2 hour slot with the ceremony. It’s so common we’ve written a blog post about it (see below), and the timeline meeting opens our clients’ eyes to this problem amongst many others, offering solutions and alternatives. Virtually all the clients you will see on our website followed our advice from this meeting and had significantly more fun wedding days as a result, along with the photography they wanted. Having said that the aim of the meeting is to empower you with information and better options, not to tell you what you ‘should do’ as most venues and other suppliers tend to do.
[CLICK HERE to see a tongue-in-cheek but factual look at why standard UK Ceremony Times make no sense]
When Should we Meet Our Photographer Before Our Wedding?
Venue walkarounds/timeline meetings are only available weekday daytime for various reasons, most importantly of which is that venues hate having to stay open late for these and also walkarounds in the dark are not very illuminating. Typical meeting times we suggest are 10:30/11am.
Your pre-wedding meeting with your wedding photographer is crucial for getting the photography YOU want rather than what they might guess you want…
Why Do We Need to Do This ASAP?
We ask that you book in your timeline meeting within one month of booking with us, so we you can hit the ground running and make all the right moves from day one. Due to the overwhelming number of meetings we need to schedule with our clients, we only guarantee this meeting is possible within this timeframe. Outside of this we will do our best to accommodate but often if you leave this meeting too late it just won’t be possible.
Is there a time limit on when we do this?
Yes there is! We can only guarantee availability within one month of booking, and should be seen as part of the booking process. We do this to both ensure availability for future bookings as well as make sure that your meeting actually has a chance of being useful, the later you leave this meeting before your wedding the more useless the meeting becomes!
Furthermore, we sometimes have clients who misunderstand the nature of this meeting and try to book as late as possible, however this inevitably leads to them asking for meetings in the busy wedding season when we simply have no time.
For this reason if you fail to take up your timeline meeting service within the guaranteed period after booking it is likely possible that it won’t happen, and as this is a complimentary service there is no refund or alternative possible if you fail to take up your meeting within this time.
Can We Have Additional Meetings or Talk More on Skype /Phone?
Most photographers in the UK do not offer this service, and where they do it is often a stripped down lesser version of what we do (see below). As such our timeline meetings, often over 3 hours long, are a definite advantage to you in booking your photography and planning the wedding day you want. Having said that, and whilst we always want to help (we’re always only an email away), sometimes our clients get the impression that we can offer this service multiple times and with multiple follow-ups over skype/phone. Unfortunately as a busy study we simply do not have the time to offer endless and multiple timeline meetings to all our clients, so we strongly suggest you get the most out of your first timeline meeting and then let us know of changes / questions via email after as much as you like.
Do Other Photographers Do This?
When we first started this meeting ten years ago, at least in the south-east we were the only ones! Now, because it’s such a good idea (and photographers do keep an eye on what others are doing) we’ve seen a few of our competitors copying us and having some sort of consultation before the day. But beware, they are very often not the same as what we provide with nearly as many of the benefits we mention in these articles here.
Some photographers offer a phone-chat or zoom chat, others offer a shorter ‘consultation’ at a cafe or their studio – but beware of imitations – only meeting like ours with in-depth timeline reviews and venue-walkarouns of your wedding venue will bring any of the results we mention in these articles. We’ve heard from several venues that these meetings tend to create more problems than they solve, so make sure to stick with the original! 😉
Why can’t we do this at weekends?
Wedding Venues and Wedding Photographers have extremely limited weekend availability as this is when most weddings take place! Wedding venues often refuse weekend availability and for this reason we only offer these meetings on weekdays.
We thought you just turned up and pointed your camera at things?
This is the number one reason people are often disappointed or disenchanted with their wedding photography, and the main culprit for ‘missing moments’. World-class photographers will insist on a meeting like this so they can guarantee they have the time necessary to achieve what you expect – furthermore, without such a meeting then your photographer is just ‘doing what they always do’ at weddings and not necessarily ‘what you want’.
London Wedding Photographer Mykey Day
Your Family memories will never be as important to anyone else as they are to you, but trust us when we say – your moments will be crucially important to us as well! Please browse our website for examples of our work, and we look forward to making your family photographs special too.