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Anyone send the bride a "thank you" after the wedding?

 
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Jun 27, 2010 18:28 |  #1

I photographed a wonderful bride and groom yesterday. Her entire family was so nice and it was an amazing night.
I'm thinking of sending my bride a thank you email and also the link to my facebook page so that she can see the couple "teaser" pics that I added to my page. (of course they are low-res and watermarked), but since I do add to my facebook, I thought it would be nice to let them know so that they can see them too. (contract does state that I can use the pics for portfolio and promoting my business, so that's not an issue)

Has anyone done this before? She may probably be on her honeymoon, but I was going to CC her lovely mother too.
I know a lot of other photogs who do this after the wedding too. :)
Thoughts on doing this?




  
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Jun 27, 2010 18:43 |  #2

Absolutely, a nice hand written card goes a long way in these days of impersonal internet contact.


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Jun 27, 2010 18:51 |  #3

mikekelley wrote in post #10436525 (external link)
Absolutely, a nice hand written card goes a long way in these days of impersonal internet contact.

Agreed, a handwritten card is a much better gesture..


  
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Jun 27, 2010 18:52 |  #4

that sounds a really nice thing to do.

i wouldnt send them a link to your facebook page as it seams a little wierd to have pictures of their wedding up on your facebook if you see what i mean...

try doing it on your own website for say. send them the link to that and only upload a few pictures.


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Jun 27, 2010 18:54 |  #5

I've personally thought about sending a thank you card with a gift. There is a book on marriage called 'his needs her needs' that I thank every newly wed couple should read. So many couples invest so much in the wedding, they hardly invest in their relationship. although it's only a book, it has a lot of great insight and knowledge regarding differences in marital relationships.


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Jun 27, 2010 19:09 |  #6

I agree that a card is nice and I would love to do that as well (I was even thinking of a small accordion book to give to the mom, they're great to carry in a purse).
I didn't want to imply that I am impersonal, I just thought that seeing how quickly things get uploaded online (I'm sure all her family will be putting their pics on their FB page today) that I just thought they would be every excited to see some of the shots from the pro. ;)

Love the idea of the book on marriage too!

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try doing it on your own website for say. send them the link to that and only upload a few pictures.

I'll consider that, thanks. :)




  
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Jun 27, 2010 19:39 |  #7

Nope. I get cards occasionally though, and I appreciate them.


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Jun 27, 2010 22:42 |  #8

Of course an email, and cards are great. I would do both.


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Jun 27, 2010 22:56 |  #9

I generally avoid communication before I present them with the photos. It just seems more business like to withhold thankyous etc before the product is delivered and their degree of satisfaction dictates the tone of communication. I don't like to get too smoochy with clients to be honest.


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Jun 28, 2010 02:28 |  #10

I email when their sneak peeks are posted and again when their gallery is up.

I always send a hand written thank you card, too, usually with the first product they order/was included in their package.


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Jun 28, 2010 03:18 as a reply to  @ kja's post |  #11

Within a day or two of the wedding, I pick a head and shoulders of the couple, insert it into a "Thank You" 6x4 picture template that I made up, and then send it to the couple via email (as I seem to always have email as a means of contacting the couple). I once again thank them for the wonderful day, and how much I enjoyed sharing it with them.

I then go on to tell them that they can feel free to have the image printed out wherever they wish to give out to family and friends straight away. Every one of them have loved the small gesture of giving them such a quick something that they can give out!

I agree with a previous poster that posting to Facebook may not be comfortable for some couples.

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Jun 28, 2010 06:22 |  #12

I don't do sneak peeks. If I did, I'd offer up some of my favorites, but by doing that I dilute their impact when they come to see their slide show. I have thought about doing t/y cards, but I'm pretty deliberate in expressing my appreciation for their business during that post-ceremony meeting. While I still like the idea of doing a card, I came down on the side of not wanting to sound overly appreciative which could be misconstrued as desperation of some kind.


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Jun 28, 2010 20:15 |  #13

I send thank you cards to all my clients. I make cards its a hobby of mine Im part of a couple card making groups, so it gives me a nice way to get rid of all the cards I make and I think it adds a nice touch.


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Jun 29, 2010 01:28 |  #14

I don't specifically. I stay pretty close with almost all the couples though, and usually send a card on their first anniversary with a small print. That usually goes over quite well.


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Jun 29, 2010 06:46 |  #15

PMCphotography wrote in post #10445475 (external link)
I don't specifically. I stay pretty close with almost all the couples though, and usually send a card on their first anniversary with a small print. That usually goes over quite well.

I'm only getting to first anniversaries of my earliest clients now and this is what I plan to do. I'm thinking of including some offer for portraits or something like that to maintain the relationship and keep me in mind once babies start showing up.


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