MOBzilla question/HELP

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  1. mscheffler

    mscheffler TPF Noob!

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    Recently booked a wedding, as in last night recently, and during the meeting with the bride and her mother it didn't take long to realize she was gonna be a HUGE MOBzilla. Mother-of-the-bride Zilla. Bridezillas I can handle but I was wondering if anyone out there had any help or ideas on how to handle this MOBzilla. The entire meeting she kept saying this is your wedding dear but this is what I want and this is what WILL happen, but it's your wedding dear.

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    Marissa :confused::madass:
     
  2. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Where is the money coming from? If it's the MOB that is paying you, it might be tough to avoid her. I've heard from photographers that will say (or have in their contract) that they will only obey the bride & groom (or only the bride etc). This way, when the MOB does start ordering you around, you can say that you will only take orders from the bride. Whether this actually works to dissuade an annoying MOB or not...probably depends on the individuals involved.

    I think the biggest 'defense' for you, is to have a good solid contract, that has clauses to address many of the foreseeable problems. In this case, it might also be a good idea to have a good list or itinerary as part of the contract. That way, you can try to set out what the bride wants, and if the MOB starts changing things, you can say 'That's not what is in the contract'.

    If you have booked the wedding already, it may be too late to include stuff like this...so you may just have to chalk it up as a learning experience and make changes for next time. Who knows, maybe everything will be fine.

    A lot of photographers, especially the busier ones, would be inclined to turn down a wedding where they could sense trouble. The initial meeting is not only for them to interview you, it's for you to interview them as well. If there is a good chance you will book the day if you turn it down, then maybe that's the best solution (in that situation). Actually turning them away, can be a hard thing to tell them...so you would need to word it carefully and say something along the lines of 'I don't think that my style is right for you, and you would be better off with a different photographer' and maybe give them a few other photographers to call.
     
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    Thanks Mike I greatly appreciate your input. All we have so far is a hand shake and a word on booking us, they haven't signed the contract yet so I think I am going to take your advice and include some of your ideas in the contract when I mail it to them. :D
     

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