(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 # 62
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

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    @BeeM I agree 100% about it being silly, but to each his own I suppose.

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    @BeeM I get that from the responses, however, I’m just pointing out that your poll makes no sense.

    As for me, I love my music, and it will be a cold day in heck before I take it down regardless of what anyone here says. My music is fun, playful and dramatic, similar to my style in so many ways. If someone is so petty as to write off a photographer/website because it’s asking to much of them to hit the mute button if they don’t want to hear sound, then that’s not the type of client I want to work with anyway 🙂

    Post # 63
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    The work should speak for itself.  Music should not be needed.  You are going to the website for a visual experience, not to have to listen to some lovey pop song. 

    Post # 64
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    The title question and the poll question ask different questions.

    So I answered no when I meant yes.

    Music on any website is unprofessional.

    Post # 65
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I’m with everybody else. I actually keep my sound “off” and find the music annoying because it makes the already slow load time even more slow!

    Post # 66
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    It didn’t really persuade me but I did find it irrateting that I would have to search for the off button because I don’t want to hear it.

    Post # 68
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

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    @PassionatePhotoLady Nobody is telling you to take the music off, but the overwhelming comments indicate that it will cost you business. Who knows? Those of us who judge a photographer in part by his/her music, or lack thereof, may not be your type of client anyway. 

    Post # 69
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

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    @BeeM Putting a smiley after something doesn’t not make it an attack, you know. I’ve always disliked that about your posts. Also, I have a videographer friend who has a way of finding out exactly which artists permit such use of their music and which don’t They don’t ALL expect royalties for something like this, so before you go chastizing me for “stealing” another artists work, you should get your facts straight.

    Post # 70
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    The second I hear sound from my computer… I hit “mute” – I really don’t like it

    Post # 71
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2012

    As a professional website designer, I find it hilarious that even though music on websites is so unprofessional, obtrusive and 9/10 of their visitors either mute it immediately or hit the back button, so many of my clients want music on their website (although I always say no. ALWAYS. There is never a good reason to have music that autostarts). Besides the fact that music takes up bandwidth and makes a website load slower (which are two other big reasons people skip over a website) a good percentage of your users are going to leave immediately and the few that remain are likely to find the mute button as fast as possible, so why have music at all? It’s clearly not a selling feature. People on the internet are lazy and entitled, it’s a fact. Everything designed for the internet should be as fast, efficient and as easy as possible. It’s silly to assume that users should just have to put up with anything in order to view content. Why would they when they can just view endless content elsewhere on the internet? Users come to your website to see your portfolio, check out your rates and find out how to contact you, that’s it. If a website makes that even slightly too hard or annoying for a user, they won’t stay long. Websites should always be designed with the user in mind. It’s clear even here that most users strongly dislike it.

    Post # 72
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    And seriously people, am I not entitled to my opinion? Or maybe if you all just gang up on me maybe I’ll cave and take my music down… one less jerk photographer to pester your ears. I already said my opinion, why it’s my opinion, and I’m leaving it at that. Keep in mind, I was a bride once too, and I LIKED THE MUSIC then too! So this poll is not 100% haters, just 100% a lot of people who wouldn’t want to admit they were influenced by something so trivial as music. I won’t be taking my music off my site or responding to this thread again.

    Post # 73
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

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    @DeathByDesign Mr. T is the same way. He tries to talk clients out of putting music on their website before he flat out tells them no. If they still want it, I don’t think he included that site in his portfolio. Everytime I come across a site with music, he rolls his eyes. 
    I think vendors should take into consideration what their potential customers want. I mean how many brides on this site say they want to see pricing on a photographers website and if they don’t they skip over them? 

    Post # 74
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    this thread has gotten hilarious in just a few hours

    I like my websites like I like my men: silent until I turn them on.

    Post # 75
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    Bumble bee

    One of my favorite photographers, bobby earle out of CA has music on his site.  I don’t think it discounts anything except his taste in web presentation, just like LB.

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