(Closed) photographer has a bad website but nice photos?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

Is it a flash website? If it is, she probably hasn’t updated it in a while since flash is very very hard to update.

If your FBIL’s wedding photos turned out beautiful, that is probably a better indication of her skill level than what is on the website.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Personally I base a lot of my opinion on a business by its website.  But I am trained in Web Deisgn, and worked for a firm for about 5 years.

In my mind, if you can’t get it together enough to give yourself a professional and polished business appearance, then how are you going to give that polish to my wedding.

I have even struck wedding vendors from my list because they failed to have an online presence.  In this day and age its not hard to have a presence with social media, blogging, and template sites.  And all of these can be made to look polished.

IMO go with the photographer you really want, with the style you prefer.  Because anything less will just give you disapointing results. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@bookworm88:  nope i see what you mean her photos are nice on the website, however some aren’t brilliant…. i wasn’t impressed with the partners photos at all, they remind me of the guest who follows the photographer round trying to capture the same shots, sorry if that sounds harsh. if i were you i would go with your artsy dream photographer. or even agree with fi to look at some more of her work in person, perhaps show fi what style photos you would like, maybe he will agree and decide not to go with the family photographers. my fmil booked their family photographer on my behalf, i wasn’t happy and i still haven’t seen much of his work other than my fi’s brothers weddings, they are nice but i wanted more out of my pics. all the work i’ve seen of my photographer are very posed everyone in neat lines saying cheese kind of pics but he’s not charging us, i still need to decide if i let it go or tackle the fmil… eek 

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

@Firie:  I also work in the website biz and I agree 100%! Whenever my Fiance and I need to buy something online, we automatically disreguard any vendors who have sucky websites lol.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

That’s a toughie. A poor website is a huge turnoff for me. When I started planning, if the vendor’s website looked like garbage I would just strike them from my list. :

That having been said, if the photos look good and the price is right… go for it?

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Besides your actual marriage, your wedding photos are the only tangible thing left after the day is done. Don’t compromise on your photography!!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I would automatically not choose a photographer with a crappy website because photographers are creative professionals and if they don’t have a visual eye (meaning they can’t tell their website looks like shit) then I just wouldn’t trust them.

Post # 13
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I agree with kate169 100%.  These are supposed to be the photographer’s best photos to showcase his work and attract new clients.  If the website is crappy, I wouldn’t risk booking this person.  You never know if your FBIL’s good photos were a fluke, and that’s definitely not something I’d want to risk! 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

My photographer doesn’t have the fanciest website, nor the best pictures posted. Once we met with him I was very pleased with the final books he produces. He is also much cheaper than the fancy website girl I met with. She  had really nice images on her website but in the books there was only 1 or 2 wow pictures. It was really disappointing, but it worked out in the end. 🙂

I would meet with her, and she more of her work in person. Also, meet with who you orginally liked. Then decide. A fancy website is not a always good indication of good work.

Post # 15
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5657 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

@kate169:  to be fair, websites can be quite expensive, especially flash ones like a lot of photographers websites are (my web design company charges $90 an hour for maintenance work and our websites start at $1500, and that’s just a bare bones site). Most photographers are not also web developers/designers, so they can’t update or build a new site, they need to hire someone to do it. I would argue that it would be worth it to invest money in to a proper web presence, and like I said I even write off vendors that have crappy websites, but someone having a crappy website doesn’t necessarily mean they do not have an artistic eye, it more likely means they are unwilling or unable to spend the money on a better site (still not smart, but has more to do with poor business sense than with artistic-ness)

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