My fiance and I are looking at wedding photographers. She found one she says is perfect (matches our budget and preferred style). We talked with him over the phone yesterday and he seemed like a great choice.

However, I'm concerned because on one page I've seen, he says he's been shooting weddings professionally for 10 years. And yet, I've only found 4 reviews for him (all positive), his domain was registered 3 months ago (around the same time as the first review), and it only has pictures from 3 or 4 weddings.

This all concerns me because there are other photographers who have 50+ reviews and appear to be more established.

I expressed my concerns over this to my fiance and she seemed to take offense at me being concerned. I would be much more comfortable if I had an explanation for the lack of online presence, especially reviews. While I know there are perfectly reasonable possibilities for this, my mind assumes the worst and that it's a scam, because I've had close friends get scammed by wedding photographers.

How can we tactfully ask the photographer about the low number of reviews/shoots? The main concern is it might seem like accusing him of lying.

My fiance and I weren't even sure how to go about wording the question without offending the photographer or burning bridges.

  • Is the photographer expecting you to pay him upfront? I am not married, so I wouldn't know how it works, but it sounds unlikely to be a scam unless you pay him upfront? – Stian Yttervik Feb 20 at 14:13
  • @StianYttervik Yeah, that would be my thought too, unfortunately I believe all photographers require upfront payment. Probably to prevent themselves from getting scammed :/ – conman124 Feb 21 at 23:38
  • I'm sorry, this may seem off topic, but what is your/your fiancee's profession? This is a very common question you have when agreeing to buy a service. If either of you knows how to talk to potential customers or suppliers, they should take charge. This is a common thing in the business world and many people do this daily, depending on what you do, this question has to he answered in a completely different way. Btw, it's a common thing to talk to other customers and exchange experiences... – Raditz_35 Feb 22 at 14:31

I don't know where about you live, but where I live (western Europe) it should be perfectly reasonable to ask about this. If he is a reasonable person, he will understand your concerns, especialy if you tell him about the experience your friend had.

I'd go for something along the lines of:

Hello John,

I recently noticed that you have a surprisingly low amount of reviews online and that your portfolio seems rather small.

Since one of my friends once got scammed by a 'Wedding photographer', I'm just a bit curious about this.

I'm sure you have a perfectly reasonable explanation for this.

I hope to hear back from you. And once more, I don't mean to offend you with this.

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