Post # 1
So I saw another litttle post on this and tried to chime in, but as usual, I’m a thread killer and my question/comment never really got addressed. I thought I’d start my own post to really find out how important photographers blogs are to all you brides? I Have one, but I don’t update it frequently AT ALL, and I’m concerned some of my existing clients would think I’m not busy because of it when in reality the reason I haven’t updated lately is because I’m TOO busy and it’s not the most user-friendly setup so it takes time. So I’m wondering how important is your photographers blog to you? Was it a deciding factor when you book them? Do you hold it against the photographers who don’t have blogs? And finally, which is worse for a photographer, to have a blog and update it only rarely, or not have one at all? I don’t expect anyone to answer ALL these questions, but any help addressing any of them would be appreciated! Thanks!
Post # 3
I do follow my photographers blog. I put “very” important and not “extremely” important because I didn’t know she had one until I booked her, then I read to the more in depth part of her website which got to the blog. Now I read it whenever she updates! It is important to me, because I want to be able to emmulate something that she’s done if I like a particular shot. Plus she’s awesome, so I want to represent.
For me, that she had a blog was great but if she didn’t have one I wouldn’t hold it against her. HOWEVER it does help to see all of her work, not just the bits and pieces in the portfolios. Which, the blog could be but I see it as more informal and therefore more honest.
Post # 4
- Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union
I think it’s really important, especially if you want to book out of state clients. I’ve never met my photographer, but I feel like I have a handle on her personality and ability because of her blog.
Post # 5
I followed my photographers blog for 7 months. I didn’t know anything about her packages and or her rates but I knew I had to save b/c I could tell she wasn’t going to come in on the lower price rages….Aside from our venue (which is all inclusive of food, linens, drinks, etc…) she is our top ticket vendor. We are thrilled and cannot be more excited to be having her and her husband shoot our wedding and our e-session…So yes, I think its quite important….
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2010 - Orange County Performing Arts Center
I think it’s important. I looked through all of my potential photographer blogs before ever contacting any of them. I quickly bypassed photographers if they didn’t have a blog or website with galleries on them because I’m doing a LOT of booking and interfacing with vendors via email.
Post # 7
My photographer was an acquaintance of mine (we went to the same college) before I booked him, so I had been following his blog for years before we booked. His blog was a huge reason why I booked him. I love seeing all the different types of work he does (he also shoots corporate and political events, along with weddings) so I know he’s versatile and prepared for any situation. I also love seeing his personality through his blog. He’s a fun person, so I know I’ll have fun being around him on my wedding day.
The week I met with him to discuss my wedding was the week that he actually moved offices and didn’t have all his work unpacked yet. Because of his blog and website, I was already super familiar with his work and had already seen full wedding shoots and albums, so I was comfortable booking him on the spot.
I don’t expect photographers to blog all the time, especially now since I know there aren’t as many winter weddings. I do think I’d find it odd if they rarely updated (like only once a month) or if they didn’t have a blog at all. My photographer has some script running that automatically posts a picture of the day every day, which I think is fun. He posts a meatier post with more content about once or twice a week.
Post # 8
It’s extremely important to me – I want someone who really shares a vision and personality with our wedding, and while that’s hard to get online, it’s much easier when the photographer is a candid and excited blogger.
Post # 9
i think it’s important.
when i was researching, their blog was what made me fall in love… it blew their ‘portfolio’ section on the site OUT OF THE WATER.
i like reading the stories and actually seeing the REALITY of the couple behind the pictures 🙂
our e-session is coming up in a couple of months and i cant wait!!!
i can smell spring right around the corner! (let’s just hope NO SNOW in april this year – yes this does happen in MI)
Post # 10
I think it’s important. I found my phototog (Leigh Miller) through her blog and literally fell in love with her work (it had such a visceral impact on me that I cried and then stalked her for a week until she got back from vacation so I could book her). But she doesn’t update all that often but enough to keep things interesting. I don’t look much now because I don’t want to regret the shots I missed at my wedding or ideas that I wish I would’ve incorporated. But occasionally I will check it out.
Post # 11
- Wedding: July 2010 - Anela Garden Chapel & Japanese Cultural Center, Honolulu
my photog’s blog is in my reader 🙂 She updates not too often, but it’s always a good post when she does. I think it’s pretty important to have a blog, but it wasn’t a deciding factor for me. Just a very nice “plus”. Now, if there wasn’t a well-stocked gallery on their website, that would be an instant bypass.
Post # 12
I love reading my photographer’s blog, but it wasn’t a deciding factor in booking her. She doesn’t update all that often, but I know that she’s super busy – she’s constantly updating her client gallery (the password protected links for her clients to access their online proofs).
I think the op’s concern in the post you are referring to stemmed from the fact that it is in her contract that her photographer will do a blog post about her wedding. She’s assuming that if that’s in everyone’s contract and the photographer rarely updates his blog, then he must not actually photograph many weddings.
Post # 13
I say definitely try to update your blog when you can!
It is the easiest way for us as brides to see your most recent work. When I look at my photog’s site I get more excited about having her do my wedding!
Post # 14
When people here ask for opinions on photographers, I always reference their blog…. and am wary of those who don’t. I like seeing multiple recent shoots lined up one after another… get a better feel for a “full shoot” and a few other reasons too.
My photographer is HORRIBLE at blogging. Oh, he knows it too! It’s like christmas when he get’s one up! It can be frustrating and I feel like a complete stalker checking his blog more often than him, but when he does post, he makes it count.
I try and blog everything ASAP. I’ve been so over my head lately with work, wedding, and home buying that I kinda stink at updating.. but I hear from my clients a lot that they like the fact that I tell stories from the wedding day and more about the couple. That i personalize and they feel like they know what it was like to be a part of the day. I like that.
Post # 15
I didn’t care too much in the beginning about photogs having a blog. I don’t know about photog blogs before booking my photographer. I already had her booked when I found the bee. I was disappointed that it took her three months to blog my wedding. I did have my online gallery long before that.
Post # 16
I did follow my photographer’s blog. It definitely gave me peace of mind that I hired the right person by seeing his work on other weddings. It got me super psyched to see my wedding photos when he was finished, and he was definitely well worth it!