Post # 17
Before getting engaged, I had the blogs of a number of photographers in my google reader. When it came time to book one, I went to those photographers first. I knew I liked their photos, and saw regular updates of their photos and not just the 20 or 25 pictures they thought were best that were on their website. I also only use their blogs to show them off to my family and friends, never their website. So, for me it was important, although I know I would have found a photographer I loved even if they didn’t have a blog.
Post # 18
I stalked my photographer’s blog (and some others!) for several months before I contacted him. He doesn’t post very frequently, just a few times a month, because he’s super busy but I live for his blog posts and LOVE his work!
Post # 19
I LOVE following our photographer’s blog! Especially between the time I booked her and our wedding so I could see what she was doing and new things she was trying.
I’ll be honest, while I completely understand the time committment in updating a photography blog (I have an inspiration blog, and it takes SO much work for one entry), I did get disappointed when I didn’t see any updates. I never thought it was because she wasn’t busy (I knew she was swamped, actually), it actually made me think that she didn’t care too much about customer service, which I know is unfounded and kind of wrong of me to think, in a way. I just know so many higher-end photogs who update their blogs a TON and that gives me the sense that they really care about communicating with clients (current and potential), and updating them on their work, or showcasing couples for them to see teasers from their own sessions. Does that make sense?
So yeah, it’s a customer service thing, I think. It makes the photographer seem more enthusiastic and customer-oriented. While I LOVED our wedding photographer and would recommend her to others, she only updated her blog maybe once a month. It was frustrating. I don’t think she understood the importance of it as far as communicated, and she was higher-end, so probably doesn’t need to rely on it as much as some might, but yeah, it slightly turned me off. I get that she’s crazy talented and all, but going out of her way to pay more attention to her blog would have been the icing on the cake for making her perfect.
Post # 20
I followed my photographers blog for more than a year before we booked her, mostly cause it took a while to get engaged! 😉 I love reading photography blogs, actually more than looking at a photog’s portfolio. You can get the feel of their style and their personality much quicker that way.
Post # 21
I’d say important but not TOO much. I wouldn’t not book a photographer because they don’t have one… but I will say that what convinced me to book my particular photographer was because I loved one of her blog posts so much (I already knew I loved her pictures but lots of people take great pictures… this post convinced me that I would love HER).
Post # 22
I agree that it’s important as well; I feel like it’s pretty common to find brides who are planning from afar, not getting married where they live (like me!), and we do a LOT of stuff online, and can’t necessarily meet you to see your portfolio, etc.
When a blog 1) doesn’t have much content or 2) doesn’t use tags so I can easily bypass seeing pages upon pages of babies and just filter for weddings, it drives me craaaaaaaazy.
That said, I didn’t add my photog to my RSS feed until I was working out our contract with her, and even though she only updates about once a week, I get really excited when she does.
Also, this may sound silly, but I’m excited about the possibility that she’ll blog us. And then I can link to it here on the ‘bee and let you all see some of our pictures that way. 😀 I can more or less promise it’ll be the only blogging that ever happens of our wedding, and I’d be sad if she didn’t feel us blog worthy (or if she didn’t have a blog).
Post # 23
I stalk my photog’s blog! I love to see her recent work, she always impresses me 🙂
Post # 24
Wow! Thank you all so much for the responses. I want to take time and go through and read them all. Clearly, blogging is very very important to a lot of you. After seeing the first few votes on this earlier today, I prioritized writing a new blog. Unfortunately I still have to shrink the pictures to “blog size” and post it up, but once I have one written I usually get it up pretty fast. Thanks again!