As couples are faced with rescheduling weddings or re-imagining their big day, we reached out to a few photographers around the state to see how they and their couples are doing.
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Here’s what Hannah Hicks had to say.
Hannah Hicks is a fine art wedding photographer for the classic romantic. Hannah is passionate about connecting with people and telling their stories through her work. She has had the pleasure of photographing many beautiful weddings up and down the East Coast as well as internationally. Her work is airy and romantic but, most importantly, timeless. Her mission is to leave every client with not only beautiful images, but feeling loved and well-served.
Q: Are your brides postponing or canceling? Have you been in touch with all your brides in March, April, May and June?
A: I have been in touch with all of my couples through the end of July. Most of my couples who’s weddings are being affected or may be affected are postponing or getting a backup date in place.
Q: Are you having a difficult time rescheduling because you are already booked on the couple’s new date? How are you addressing rescheduled couples?
A: It has been pretty difficult to reschedule weddings with so little dates left on my end. Trying to find common availability with a couple’s venue makes it even harder. So far, I’ve only had one couple that has had to reschedule for a day I am not available. It’s unfortunate, but it is completely out of both of our control.
Q: Are you seeing any changes of plans other than the date?
A: At this point, only one of my couples is considering changing their plans entirely. I know from talking with other photographer friends of mine a lot of couples are opting for intimate weddings or elopements instead, which can be very romantic and beautiful! Generally, my clients are wanting the traditional wedding and are postponing rather than taking a different approach.
Q: How do you foresee this affecting you in the short term and long term?
A: It’s a stressful time for photographers right now, because we have no way of knowing when this will end. Obviously our April and May weddings are not happening, but June, July and on are still up in the air… Not knowing when our next job will be is scary and I think that’s affecting all of us currently. If this goes into the summer, many of us will be facing a huge loss of income for the year.
Moving forward, I think those of us working in the wedding industry will make sure we have some sort of plan in place to help if something like this would occur again in our lifetime.
Q: Are you accepting new clients right now?
A: I am currently only accepting clients for August 2020 on. I am steadily booking 2021 weddings and working to accommodate my 2020 couples—who are my main priority!
Q: How can people best support you right now?
A: Following along on social media, sharing, liking, commenting on posts, and helping to spread the word about my business with couples and families looking for a photographer are all great ways to support me (and others alike) during this time! Leaving a review on my Facebook page or Google listing are also fantastic ways to show some love!
Q: What is the best way people can reach you?
A: The best way for people to reach me is by email! I am always on top of emails and respond quickly. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.