I do photography on the side as something to keep me busy when I feel like it and do software development as my daily job. I get messaged on my personal Facebook account a week and a half before their wedding on the 4th of July weekend.
Client: Hi! I’m getting married on July 3rd and my photographer just dropped out. I only need 2-2.5 hours from around 10 or 10:15 to 12:15 or 12:30?
Me: Sorry to hear that happened. I can definitely do that! I would bill just for three hours at $100, just for some leeway for shots after the wedding with family and friends. Let me know what you think.
In my experience as I’ve done a few weddings, a little extra time never hurts.
Client: Thank you! I will probably take it! I will let you know. Do you have some pics of your work?
Me: Sounds good! You are always welcome! I do! Here’s some of what I’ve done in the past year.
I insert my (watermarked) portfolio.
Client: Thank you! So would we do more of a 10-1 thing?
Me: You are welcome! Yep! That would give me enough time to get any shots you want outside of the wedding.
No response after that. The next day:
Me: I was just checking in to see if you are still interested in me being your wedding photographer. I wanted to scout the location of your wedding this weekend to see what I would need to bring. I also want to get in touch with the venue operators and see if there are any regulations regarding photography at their place of business. Please let me know by tomorrow, or I will assume that you have chosen someone else to do photography for your wedding. Thank you!
Client: Hello! I should know within the next couple of hours if we will be receiving pictures for a gift or not! I will let you know ASAP! Also, the wedding is actually at my parent’s house.
Needless to say, the evening of July 2nd involved a Coors Light or two. July 3rd involved me sleeping in and enjoying my long weekend.