(Closed) Music on a photographer’s website . . . yay or nay?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Does music on a photographer's website influence your perception of them?
    Yes : (67 votes)
    49 %
    No : (70 votes)
    51 %
  • Post # 3
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I dislike anything that changes my current browsing pattern.

    Including automatic music! It’s fine if you have an option to play music. But it will definitely influence me in the negative if you have auto-start music.

    What’s worse though is when a site resizes your browser! Please, please don’t do that. It’s so irritating.

    Anything that makes your site load slowly is not worth it. I have a very fast connection, and yet I’ve been on photographer’s sites where it took 30 sec for each image to load! That’s just crazy. Can the intro, Nix the music. Have easy menus. Make sure things are sleek and load quickly and I’ll think well of you (or at least of your website designer!)

    Post # 4
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I find it distracting.  When I was searching for a photographer, if there was auto-start music on their website I immediately turned it off.  It’s hard to read (and actually comprehend what you are reading) when Colby Caillat is singing in the background.  And while looking at the actual pictures, it doesn’t influence me at all.  I wouldn’t say having music on the website changes my perception of the photographer, rather I just find it annoying and unnecessary.  

    I also second what kala_way said.  I actually skipped over photographers’ sites when the pictures took too long to load.  I don’t have 30 minutes to waste.  And sometimes when they are set to music they seem to transition so slowly.  I don’t need to spend 30 seconds or more on one photo…I just want to get a feel for your work.

    Post # 5
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Annoying music and an overloaded flash website are huge turnoffs for me. Simplify, and let your photography speak for itself! If you have to dress it up with layers of tricks, i’ll be moving on.

    Post # 6
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I don’t really like music on sites because if i’m browsing online at work, it blares out thru my cubicle and everyone knows i’m not doing work stuff.

    Post # 7
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I don’t like it either…

    Alot of wedding planning happens at work (sssh!) and when a website automatically plays music, it sucks. 

    Post # 8
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I keep my sound settings OFF and only turn it ON when there is something I want to hear. I find background noises and music unnecessary and annoying on websites in general.

    Post # 9
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I will close the site if it opens and music starts playing that is so 1995.  It pisses me off, you want to browse and not listen to their music.  The only exception I make is for music performers but even then I’d appreciate it if I had to start the music myself instead of it starting by itself.

    Post # 10
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @vaness13181:

    I do that too, one photog I looked at only had a slideshow which I couldn’t control the speed of and it was painfully slow so I was like NEVER!

    Post # 11
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    643 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Dislike it, annoying and hokey!

    Post # 12
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    i find it distracting too.. I just immediately put my computer on mute

    Post # 13
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    it makes the site load slower and I findit annoying. I am there to see pictures not hear music.

    Post # 14
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    206 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    It won’t change my perception of the photographer, but I automatically turn it off because I find it annoying.

    Post # 15
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I hate when sites have auto music. I don’t want to listen to the crap you put on your site and will leave that site immeditately

    Post # 16
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2012

    I wouldn’t say it effects my overall opinion of the photographer (Their portfolio effects that much more), however (as a professional website designer) I HATE HATE HATE websites with music on them.

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