“I’d like to surprise my wife with a family portrait for Mother’s Day. Do you offer gift certificates?”
“My friend is having a baby and a few of us want to chip in for newborn photos. Can we do a gift certificate for her session fee?”
“My friend loves the photos you did for my family last year! I’d like to get her a $100 gift certificate -- do you offer those?”
If someone asks for a gift certificate, you say yes -- obviously, right? After all, they’re handing you money and helping you lock in a new client. But it’s actually not that easy. (If you’ve ever sold one, you may be nodding your head in agreement right about now.) Gift certificates can cause unnecessary stress and even damage your reputation.
Here’s what you need to know before you decide to offer them.
There are a few things you can do to minimize the risk of gift certificates causing problems.
My husband and I craved some sun and sand for our honeymoon. We wanted to go on an adventure together, to come back with an awesome experience and not go on a “standard" honeymoon. We were able to settle on Cuba.
The turquoise waters of the Bahamas, the dramatic Rocky Mountains, the vistas of Iceland- endless romantic images pop into our minds when we think of destination weddings. And that is why, almost every wedding photographer at some point wants to give them a go.
So we’re going to tell you how to find them, book them, and prep for them.