There have been a few things that have happened in the past 48 hours, mostly unrelated, that I thought would make good messages for the blog.
1) Two nights ago I had to have a bummer of a conversation with a bride who was in the process of booking Benfield Photography for her wedding. Backing up a bit... she brought along a bridesmaid to have some sushi with Meredith and me and we had a great conversation over dinner. Meredith and I were looking forward to photograph her Little Rock wedding. Well, she had to check a couple things before she booked and, lo and behold, another bride (which we've never met) emailed and paid a deposit all within 5 minutes. I didn't even have time to get the other bride on the phone before new bride grabbed the retainer link and sent in her fee to hold the date. I was SO excited that someone was so adamant about having Benfield Photography at her wedding; on the other hand, I was super bummed that we weren't able to book the bride we had began a relationship with. Moral of this story is to book AS SOON AS you know you want us at your wedding, so that I don't have to have any more uncomfortable conversations!
2) Tonight, a wonderful 2011 bride, who we've met lots of times at a million different weddings we've photographed in the last 12 months, asked if we had October 22nd, 2011, open. We're already booked that day. Dang! I hate that! She thought she was planning ahead, and realistically she was, but she already reserved her venues for the 22nd. I'm super sad we don't get to photograph her wedding because, seriously people, this girl is SUCH a SWEETHEART!! If it were me, I'd rather have photography be my top priority (but then again, I AM a photographer - ha ha!) than a date and/or a place. Maybe she could have booked another October date (the 22nd is our only booked date that month as of right now) if we could have communicated more. Brides, call us! We'd be more than happy to send your our open dates for a certain month!
3) In something TOTALLY unrelated... I pulled into the Sheraton in Nashville about 20 minutes ago (oh, by the way, thank you Lauren for house-sitting!), and the valet guy was such a thoughtless jerk. Because he was the first person I saw at this hotel, and made such a bad impression, I have such a negative feeling about the entire Nashville Sheraton. Business owners, if you have someone in addition to yourself representing your company, make sure they understand the impact of first impressions. They're hard to overcome. I'm a SPG member, and try to stay at SPG hotels whenever possible, but unless there is a drastic change to my current stay at the Nashville Sheraton, I won't be staying here again.
Rant over. I wish I could throw some pretty pictures on the blog, but I promise you'll have some sweet eye-candy tomorrow!
Talk to you soon,
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