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

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Does music on a photographer's website influence your perception of them?

    Yes

    No

  • Post # 47
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    348 posts
    Helper bee

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    @BeeM: I agree that photographers don’t want to scare away customers with their prices, but they can give guidelines.  I appreciated it when people’s websites said something like, “my most popular package includes X hours photography, an engagement session, and a DVD with all digital images.  Pricing for this package is $XXXX for summer weekends.  Please contact me for a more detaled price list, or to discuss pricing for off-season and weekday events.”  That lets people know that the pricing is negotiable in some situations, but still gives a sense of what the range is going to be.

    Post # 48
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Regarding posting pricing:

    I understand that it varies, but I think it’s important to give people a ballpark. Maybe post examples of a few weddings you’ve done with the pricing broken down. Low, medium, and high with time of year, day of week, # of photographers, hours of coverage, and whatever extras or distribution options you have.

    The photographer that I booked, had listed a much higher price than my budget and listed the items included in her standard package, but then wrote something like “custom packages are available”. I contacted her and I’m using someone that’s usually a 2nd photographer for her with a shortened coverage time, and getting it for about half the price of what was stated on the website. But if she hadn’t posted anything and hadn’t said she was open to customization I would never have called her.

    It’s embarrassing to call photographer’s out of the blue and have them practically laugh at you when you find out that they go for $8000 (and aren’t willing to budge) when your budget is $1200.

    Post # 49
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    i definitely do not care for it.  usually beacuse I’m already listening to music through my computer and it bugs me that i have to turn it down so it’s not overlapping.  but i wouldn’t NOT hire them because of it.

    Post # 50
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    The way the poll is worded does not allow me to give my opinion- the music influcences me in a negative way- I HATE music on any website especially a photographer’s! 

    NO it does not positively influence me

    YES it influences me to wish I had it on mute and scramble to hit the button or click away!

    Post # 51
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2012

    The question is “Does music on a photographer’s website influence your perception of them?”, it doesn’t specify whether or not it’s a positive influence, just whether or not it influences you at all. Therefore the answer is either: “Yes, music on a photographers page influences my perception of them” or “No, music on a photographer’s page does not influence my perception of them”… right? I think that is what the OP means anyway!

    Post # 52
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

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    @kala_way: I agree with you. I had that happen at the beginning of my search. The photographer started at $6000 and didn’t have that listed and basically laughed when I asked if there was a package in our budget of $3000. I wish I could just write a review on what an asshole he was. lol 

    Post # 53
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I’m a professional web developer.

    One of my BIGGEST pet peeves is music on websites. It’s annoying and very 1995-ish.

    Post # 54
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    Bumble bee

    Agree, no music

     

    Post # 56
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    Wow, am I the only one who actually thinks music can set the mood for a photographer’s style and generate a more emotional reaction? I can’t believe some of you would immediately write off certain photographers just because you don’t like hearing music on their site. I never turn the music off when I’m scrolling through photographers’ sites for fun, because I feel like the music says something about them and their style.

    P.S. For those of you who do choose to eliminate all photographers whose websites have music, you are probably narrowing your options by more than half. I would think you would rather spend the one whole second it takes to mouse over to the mute button on your computer than settle for a photographer who isn’t as good because of something so silly. Just my .02

    Post # 57
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

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    @BeeM: I don’t think this poll is very clear. Yes could mean that they were influenced in a positive way or a negative way, so I really don’t know how to read these results.

    Post # 58
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

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    @PassionatePhotoLady:

    I just know that someone who has music on a webpage is not someone I want to work with, it’s not about turning off the music, it’s about the person.

    Post # 59
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I mute the music as soon as anything starts–genre doesn’t matter.  But sometimes my fiance and I like to sing along in an overly dramatic manner.  😛

    Bottomline:  Skip the music.  Let people focus on the photos.

    Post # 61
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    Bumble bee

    I don’t like it, but I wouldn’t hold it against the photographer and write them off.  That seems pretty ignorant.

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