Why we no longer allow photo’s in our bridal store.In this day and age, camera phones are a way of life, I also love taking photo’s with my phone and it feels great looking back at memories. I know exactly where you are coming from, when you want to take photos trying on dresses to look a back on. This is why it was such a controversial decision to make. Ultimately I have made the decision not to allow photography in our store. Most of my brides are amazing and understand straight away.
I’m going to give some examples below,of why we are no longer allowing photos in store. Imagine if you were selling, say a dress from your home. It’s a gorgeous dress, you designed it yourself and people are coming over to have a look at it. Try it on, maybe purchase it for an event.
- The first people visit your home, they are lovely and you are happy to have them, you feel amazing that they have visited you because love your dress. They try on the dress the bride says this is exactly the type of dress she wants for her wedding. She’s telling her friend to take photos of it, they take about 20 photos of every detail of the dress, the bodice, the petticoats, the bead work, the lace up the back. She tells you her aunt is a dress maker she’s going to make the same dress for her or they are going to get a cheap copy from the internet. They have the photos and leave. You have designed this dress for months. How would you feel?
- More people are visiting your home, to look at the dress that you have for sale, a bride and her friend. You go with the bride to help her try on the dress in another room. When you come out the friend is missing. She’s exploring your house taking photos and video in every room of the house. Would you feel safe with strangers doing this?
- More people arrive to look at your dress, this time it’s a busy day, your family is over.This time they are taking photo’s of the dress, you, and your family. Later that day there are photos of you and your staff on the internet. Even worse you’re not looking your best and you value your privacy and image.
- If you are standing on private property it is illegal to take pictures or film without permission. Yeap, the store is private property. And we take the privacy of our brides and visitors seriously.