(Closed) An argument for Craigslist photographers AND brides (long)

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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739 posts
Busy bee

TheKnot.com $1,200+ a year only quoted you that much?? We were quoted almost $3500 for the year, I said NO WAY especially since our name starts with a P and there are hundreds of others willing to pay that.

“Best of The Knot 2011” pretty much if you pay there outrageous fee then you get an award. Totally misleading to brides. At least with weddingwire they go off your reviews and allow free listings for vendors. theknot.com is a total scam if you ask me, not a fan at all.

I definitely think you have a valid argument on the Craigslist thing, but I also thing the majority of brides looking and the majority of photog listing are on the lower end of price and quality. Not saying you are and not saying all brides are. I had a very DIY wedding and use CL to find some of my antique decor. I use it all the time to sell my used props and to find new ones. When people say CL photog/bride I think they are just using the term, they are inexpensive/cheap and doesn’t cover people like you who are the minority.

Post # 5
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994 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@BeeM: I think you are the exception to the rule, but I’m glad it has worked for you. And I think you’ve hit on something else: word of mouth. That to me is so much more important for both vendors and clients. 

The Knot is ridiculous. Ironically, I like their magazine and books, but their site is nothing but an advertising monster. 

Post # 6
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5921 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I found our photographer on Craigslist, and she was fantastic.  I couldn’t have asked for anything better.

Post # 7
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348 posts
Helper bee

I also found our photographer on Craigslist and it worked out great.  Unfortunately, it’s true that I had to wade through a lot of dreck to find someong with good style and technique, but it was worth it! 

Post # 8
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167 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Craigslist is ok if you have the time, skills, and patience to weed through the bad and find the good. For most brides, we don’t have that know-how. And my city only has 2 photographers putting up ads every couple of days. So annoying and not a good selection. My photographer uses word of mouth only. For flowers, I used craigslist because I knew more about it and she had great project wedding reviews.

Post # 9
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156 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I agree with you! I found my photographer on craiglist and is AWESOME! I’m getting WAY more than I would have been getting if I had went to any other websites etc. Her quality is amazing and I’m excited I saved a hefty amount of money.

Post # 11
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511 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

eh, I say a professional will spend the money to advertise to the clients they know will pay them what they think the deserve.

I think that craigslist should only be used for part time work. Not major professionalism.

Post # 12
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743 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I am a big fan of Craigslist, especially since most wedding websites lump Miami with the Keys, and I hate having to wade through the Miami vs Keys Photographers.  But (and I know this is a bit off topic) I would like it a LOT more if the photographers would list general prices on either the Craigslist add or on their websites!

Post # 13
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156 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@Lilubird: Uh, there are PLENTY of “professionals” on craigslist who advertise because they are smart about how they spend their money. Just because they don’t spend thousands of dollars per year on advertising, doesn’t mean they arn’t a professional. I find your comment offensive to great photographers who would rather spend the money on their equipment rather than on a major website or company.

Post # 14
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511 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

It’s just my opinion. when I know a company can afford great advertisment, or atleast a wonderful website, I know they care about their presence, and in turn care about how their customers preseve them, and also how much customer appreciation feeds their good business. Happy customers mean they do a good job and thats what i want to spend money on.. 

Also, you can tell by the way a business cares about it’s self, when they take pride in the way they are advertised and perseved.

It’s really just my opinion as a consumer though. and condsumer opinions are what drive the businesses and vendors we use. 🙂

Post # 16
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2767 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

We found our photog on craigslist and he was awesome.  He had a photography degree from an art school and was just starting his business.  He was really good!  We took a gamble on booking a craigslist photog and it definitely paid off.

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