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

posted 10 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@DeathByDesign:  Sorry, but I have to disagree.  You don’t have to invest a ton to have a website that makes you look relevant. Even a wordpress.org blog with a template you purchased from etsy or something would be preferable to a terrible looking old school website (that’s all I have right now!). Not that I would get one, but I think a bludomain website is only like 99 bucks and they have tons of pre designed templates you can use. I’m not saying everyone has to have a custom designed flashy artistic site…but at least make it presentable. I guess I just can’t imagine trusting a creative professional who would be okay with a terrible website.

 

Post # 17
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

@kate169:  Eh… a templated wordpress blog is never going to look as professional as a custom designed website. I can definitely see the difference right away, but I see what you mean.

I haven’t seen the website in question, but I mean for me there is a difference between “unprofessional” and “downright terrible” lmao. Like if it has a crappy tiled background and animated gifs… uh yeah that’s awful lol. A wordpress website would be fine I guess, but imo, still not that professional.

Is the website the OP talking about like… really terrible? Anyone who has seen it want to PM it to me?

Post # 18
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@DeathByDesign:  Well I disagree with that too because like I said, I have a wordpress.org blog with a custom designed theme and I think it looks pretty good. It suits me and hopefully is attracting my ideal clients. At the very least I hope no one comes on weddingbee and says they’re thinking about not hiring me because of it lol.

I haven’t seen the website in question either but I was just speaking about terrible websites in general. I mean, if a photographer doesn’t have a blog at all, that’s also a red flag to me personally, but that’s because I’m 24 and into social media and all that stuff. If I was older and into a more traditional photographer I might feel differently about this entirely.

Though if a photographer uses comic sans on their website…that should be a redflag to anyone. Haha

ETA: My blog is a legit blog though, not a wordpress.org blog with a template to make it look like a website…I agree with you on those lol.

Post # 19
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

@kate169:  lmao I had a client FORCE ME to use comic sans on her site. It was… eye bleedingly terrible, lmao!

I’ve seen a lot of good products and talented people get bad websites simply because they’re cheap… or won’t listen to good advice *sigh*

Post # 20
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587 posts
Busy bee

@DeathByDesign:  Actually flash websites are old school and just about outdated.  It’s all HTML5 now.

 

Post # 21
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

@USER876:  Yep, I know that. Part of the reason they are outdated is because they are really hard to update and impractical overall, which makes them more expensive. We charge hourly for a service, so if it takes longer for us to update or create, it costs more. 🙂

Post # 22
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I don’t think a bad website would completely sway me to forget about a photographer (although it might be hard to look past it), but I definitely wouldn’t hire one I was on the fence about. Photography is the only thing we’re not willing to compromise on because they’re the only like tangible reminder after it’s all over (:

Post # 23
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587 posts
Busy bee

@DeathByDesign:  Makes sense……it’s also business suicide, since millions of people can’t even view your site with iphones or ipads.  🙂

Post # 25
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471 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I’m not totally in love with my potential photographer’s website – she has some great photos on there but they all appear to be of the same 3-4 weddings. However, she and I really clicked when I “interviewed” her over the phone. I’m 90% sure I’m going to hire her. She actually apologized for the lack of variety on the website and invited me to her studio to look over her work more extensively before I sign anything. I like that. 

Maybe she will give me a discount if I help her choose a better selection of photos for her site? :o)

Post # 26
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I would just go for your dream photog who’s already cheaper! I agree, I booked my first photog despite her crappy website, and long story, but she wound up not being very “professional” at all. Have since replaced her with a new photog, and his website is amazing in addition to his pictures 🙂

Post # 27
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

A bad website is a huge turn off for me too.  In some industries it doesn’t really matter as much, but photography is an artistic industry, it seems like they should be able to reflect that in their website.  That said, when I was looking for a wedding photographer I contacted a bunch of people based on their website portfolios and pictures I had seen in different blogs.  One woman (who was quite expensive) had an amazing portfolio, I was really interested in working with her , then she sent me images of a wedding in my color scheme she had done recently and I was shocked.  I would have been really bummed if I had been that couple.  Maybe they just hadn’t been retouched, but then again she felt that they were good enough to send a prospective client. 

I would lean towards a photographer who you have seen their actual work and like it.  Especially if you liked the reception photos.  It seems like poised bridal shots are always beautiful, so I went with someone who had candids at the reception that were really good too.

Post # 28
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1993

If your dream photog is cheaper, you like her pics better, and she’s more your style, what are you doing?!?!? So what if your future in-laws are more traditional? They aren’t paying or looking at these photos for the rest of their life. If it’s the traditional portrait shots that they want, I’m pretty sure you can talk to the photog and make sure they grab those while you still get all the fun stuff that you want.

Don’t compromise on this – you will end up regretting that you didn’t go with who you really liked best.

Post # 29
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

A good website is one of many factors in conducting a successful business.  My husband who is the primary photographer in our business isn’t very design savvy, and had I not stepped in and sort of figured things out on my own I’m not really sure what the website would look like.  But he also is smart enough to know that a bad website is going to get his business nowhere. So… I dunno, hard to say seeing I haven’t seen the site.  All I can say is you will never regret paying extra for good photography, so find a photographer whose work you love.

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