December has arrived, and I have to admit that I have left it pretty late thinking about this years Christmas cards. We like to do something a little different and personal for friends and family, because anyone can send a Christmas Card and I think it is important to make an effort with what we send out. When I spoke to family members it became apparent that they would much rather receive a photograph of the whole family, so I decided that it would be nice to make our very own holiday cards.
There are two options when it comes to getting the photos done, we can use pre-existing images that we have taken throughout the year, or we can hire a photographer to take charge of a shoot. I love getting family photographs taken, and it's nice to have the opportunity to be in the photos with someone else behind the lens (I rely on my camera timer far too much!).
Of course it can be tricky at times to find the right person for the job, so when I heard about Bidvine recently I was really excited to give it a go. Bidvine puts you in contact with professionals in your local area who can help you with your personal projects, such as getting photos taken for a holiday card, or even find a cleaner for your home. You simply select your service and start receiving quotes for that specific project.
I connected my Facebook account which meant I didn't have to fill out a form to sign up, and I started the process to start receiving quotes for my Christmas project. I wanted the photographer to come to the house, I set the budget I had in mind and even how I wanted the finished photographs made available to me.
You can decide how you wish to be contacted and have the quotes presented to you, whether you would prefer to have the quotes phoned through to you or text. I opted for text as I like to have them in one place so that I can refer back to them if I need to. By having the quotes sent via text, it meant that all I needed to do was log in to my account and open them up at my leisure.
I put a top budget in at £300.00 and asked that I be able to have the images on a CD or USB so that I can use them for my Christmas Card project. The best quote I had back came in under budget at £250 - This included the photographer travelling to my home, taking the photos, editing the photos and finally receiving the photos in the form of digital download from the photographers website.
I had a number of photographers contact me which was brilliant, it meant that I only needed to put my requirements down once and then all I had to do was pick the person who I felt was best for the job. I liked that it introduced me to photographers and businesses that I wouldn't have known to consider if I was putting in the leg work myself.
I will definitely be using the Bidvine service again.