I love my clients, but sometimes, their moms surprise me!
You get to connect beyond the bride and groom. Someone else will notice how hard you work, how sensitive you are to the events of the day, and they'll notice just how much you care about your clients. Allison and David will be on the blog soon enough (and by the time you're reading this, the post may already be up!) but Allison's mom took the time to reach out to me and I have to say, it warmed my heart..
I wanted to thank you for being a part of my daughter Allison Walsh's (now Tortoriello) special day. It was very important for David and Allie to have their pictures done quickly, but tastefully. Your unobtrusive manner as well as your friendly personality put my daughter at ease on her unforgettable day. From what we saw on your camera already, I am sure the pictures will be beautiful! Thanks for putting up with all the giggling on the dance floor and for sharing your Altoids with me...my feet still hurt from dancing! Looking forward to seeing all of the beautiful pictures."
Kind Words from my wonderful clients!
Tracy and Jeff
Aimee and Dev, were my 2nd Central Park engagement shoot and it was a blast! Aimee was kind enough to send this thoughtful email:
We were so excited to have the opportunity to view our pictures last night! We are very happy with them, and are so impressed by your artistic and creative work. Some of our favorites included the pictures by the reservoir with the “no bikes” sign, the shots near the bridge (also the great reflective shot by the puddle), and all shots of us walking in our favorite park in the world.
We are so impressed with you- your professionalism (you have been so accommodating and quick), as well as your ability to put us at ease and make us comfortable. Dev and I recognize that coming to New York took a substantial amount of time and was a financial commitment. We truly appreciate you coming to New York and spending a Saturday afternoon with us. You guys are also a lot of fun to hang out with!
We will be in touch in the upcoming months to coordinate sending you the rest of the deposit and to start planning for the wedding day (EEEEK). Have a great week, and talk to you soon!
Aimee and Dev
Michelle of the upcoming “Michelle and Brian” wedding was kind enough to send along this message after receiving the images from their engagement shoot on 1/29/2012:
“[Dave,] the pictures are fantastic! Thanks so much for sending them over so soon. We really liked the candid look of the shots and the scenery is beautiful. It’s going to be hard to choose just one for the save the date [cards]. We are really excited for the pics on our wedding day!”
I’m not only really happy they love their images, but I’m also really happy I booked with a couple that is thoughtful enough to send such a great message :)
Connection is the key to working with your photographer. I had the pleasure of working with Kylie and Rob. We had one of those client meetings that you walk away from with butterflies. You love all their ideas, their venue, style, just everything clicks and you hope beyond hope you get their wedding. Kylie and Rob were kind, and I think they felt the connection as well and emailed me almost immediately following our fantastic client meeting:
Rob and I want to thank you so much for meeting with us this evening, we
really enjoyed the conversations and seeing your work. As soon as Rob and
I got into the car we both looked at each other and said, “We need to have
him!” Dave, we would love to have you photograph our wedding, and we hope
that you’re interestedin capturing our special day. If so, we would love to
speak with you about your payment structure and how best to secure a
deposit. When you have a moment, can you please give me a call to discuss
the next step. Again, we really enjoyed spending time with you this
evening, thank you for making the trip!
Kylie and Rob”
The gesture of sending such a kind message is fantastic (all the more reason to love them)! It’s also thoughtful of Kylie to put such words to the page when a simple “you’re hired, when do you want us to pay you” would have been sufficient. I asked them if I could use this message on my blog and Kylie said sure. Thanks guys, can’t wait for the wedding.
Follow-up: Rob and Kylie were nice enough to write a review…
“We can’t say enough about Dave Field (Strawberry Road Creative) and his unique ability to capture the essence of a wedding. You can’t say that about many wedding photographers. We were blown away by his portfolio. After our initial meeting it was obvious that he was our “perfect” photographer. Besides being extremely talented behind the camera, he has a great personality and is fun to be around, something that helped make our wedding day all that much more enjoyable. Dave was willing to go above and beyond to get the best shots possible, which is evident in the final images of both our engagement session and our wedding day. He also surrounds himself with assistant photographers (second shooters as he calls them) who have equal levels of professionalism.
Choosing a photographer to capture your wedding is no easy task. Like a lot of couples, our photographer was a priority when planning our wedding. We couldn’t be happier with our decision. We’ve already recommended Dave to several other engaged couples, and would recommend him to anyone looking for stunning photographs that capture the story of your wedding day.”
Thanks again guys, I had a blast shooting your wedding :)
Here are a couple more reviews, these can also be found on weddingwire.com:
Great Work! posted 11/8/2010
Jen & Kevin
My wife and I had the pleasure of working with Strawberry Road for our engagement and wedding pictures. Both Dave is great to work with and made it easy to relax. I hate getting my picture taken, but they helped me have fun…and our shots came out great. We’ve gotten compliments on both sets and have received requests for copies. Working as a team they were able to capture the whole wedding and turn it into a story for us, while also exhibiting an excellent level of artistic influence. As I’ve told Dave, he became one of my groomsmen the day of the wedding. We can’t say enough good things about Strawberry Road.
the perfect photographers! posted 1/21/2011
Eileen & Ryan
The perfect photographers! Dave and his team were extremely professional and extremely easy to work with. They are extremely dedicated to their clients – Dave drove about 2 hours out of his way just to meet w/ us prior to our wedding. It was an absolute pleasure to work with Strawberry Road – their photos are beautiful and they worked hard to capture each and every one . I am grateful for the opportunity to work with them!!! Thanks for everything guys!