Following my earlier blog post about my pregnancy, I promised I would write a blog about how I broke the news to my bride’s.
As soon as I found out that I was pregnant I was thrilled, followed by me counting 9 months and discovering that I will give birth right in the middle of wedding season. I already had a few weddings around the time of my delivery and my first thoughts were, how am I going to tell my clients!!
I took to google for some inspiration, wrote and re-wrote an email and then it sat in my draft box for a couple of weeks until it was time (12 weeks) to tell my clients.
I drafted two e-mails and kept my fingers crossed for positive replies.
1: INFORMING MY BRIDE’S THAT I WILL BE SHOOTING THEIR WEDDING WHILE PREGNANT
I hope you are having a great weekend! I am beyond thrilled for your upcoming wedding day! I have some news to share with you!
I am pregnant! We are very excited, and a little nervous, but mostly just excited. We have spent the past few weeks letting family know and will be making a more public announcement shortly. I wanted to make sure that each of you knew before seeing this kind of announcement of Facebook or Instagram, etc… I didn’t want you to see the announcement, feel nervous, and hurriedly email me asking if I am still able to do your wedding.
I assure you, I will be there with bells on my toes! This pregnancy will in no way affect your wedding day. As your day approaches, if I find myself feeling more tired or sick than I think I can handle, I will personally hire someone to help me throughout the day. You do not need to worry about a thing!
Thank you so much for choosing me to capture this day in your lives, and I truly cannot wait to see you all soon! Please email me if you have any questions or concerns, I am happy to talk through anything with you.
2: INFORMING MY BRIDE’S THAT https://www.acheterviagrafr24.com/achat-viagra-en-ligne-en-france/ I HAVE TO CANCEL THEIR WEDDING
- This was with out an doubt the hardest thing to do. My hormones was all over the place and I cried every time I thought about the clients who’s wedding I had to cancel.
It is extremely hard for me to write this e-mail to you today. I have cried many times, but there is no easy way to say this.
I am pregnant! We are very excited, and a little nervous, but mostly just excited. I am currently 12 weeks. I have waited until now as the first 12 weeks of pregnancy are the most dangerous and high risk of miscarriage I just came from the Dr, and he confirmed that baby is doing well. We have spent the past few days letting family know and will be making a more public announcement shortly. I wanted to make sure that you knew before seeing this kind of announcement on Facebook or Instagram, etc…
I am due on March 2016, and it breaks by heart to tell you that I won’t be able to photograph your wedding. I have looked forward to your wedding from the day you booked me a year ago. You have trusted my work so much that you booked me without meeting me and I can’t thank you enough.
I am not sure if I am writing this e-mail correctly. I just want to write it from the heart, and by doing so, I am in tears about letting you down.
Please know that I will do everything in my power to refer you to/ help you to secure another great photographer with a similar style and price range – and to make the transition for you as easy as possible. I will also give you guys full refund of the deposit that you have already paid.
I can totally understand how angry and frustrated you must be at this point. I know I can’t do anything to make up for this, but I would like to offer to do your engagement shoot free of charge, if you will still have me.
Thank you so much for choosing me to capture your special day. I will always consider you as my bride!! Please email or call me if you have any questions or concerns, I am happy to talk through anything with you.
BRIDE AND GROOM RESPONSE:
Almost immediately after I sent out the email, I started getting replies. Not only from the bride’s but the groom’s as well!!
Everyone was super excited and happy for me. None of them had any issues with a pregnant photographer on their most special day. Of course I had contingency plans in place in case of early delivery of complications and they were all happy with the plan.
Then the replies I eagerly awaited came – the reply from the clients I had to cancel. They were so so so understanding, not one angry or disappointed word was cast and they were all happy and excited with me – what can I say, I have FABULOUS clients!!
- Always make sure you and baby are healthy.
- Inform your clients well in advance (after 12 weeks it
is typically safe).
- Have a contingency plan set up.
- If you do have to cancel a wedding make sure to tell your clients that you will make the transition as easy as possible for them and explain how you will go about refunding the booking fee etc.
- Have a network of photographers that you can refer clients to AND/OR that are available to take on the weddings that you have cancelled.
- Book second shooters and assistants to help you.