(Closed) Photographer Needs Your Help!

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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80 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Honestly, in this economy, much is driven by pricing as wedding budgets are different for everyone. However, next in line is obviously picture quality. Photographers have to be able to capture the moments, the typical moments, but more importantly the ones that one would not expect.  Some examples:

 

-Bride & Groom sneaking off into a quite corner to steal a kiss, while the crowd is in the background

-The bride giving the the little ring bearer a kiss

-Mother/Son dance, where son is wiping tears off his mother’s face or vice versa

-Father/Daughter dance where bride is curled up on father’s shoulder, as she did when she was younger after having fallen and skinning her knee

-A variety of shots… some with vibrant colors, some in Sepia, some in B/W, some… Just think of the revolution that occurred when we went from analog to digital TV… most who have gone from their regular set-top tvs to a flat panel, can never see themselves going back

Third, and just as important as the second… is their personality. If I have to spend 8 hours with someone, I need to get along with them. They need to make us both feel as if we are all that matter for the day… of course, our guests too… but more importantly, us.

In short, all photographers do the same thing… they take pictures.  We can get the cake shot, the ring shot, the procession, etc… from anyone.  But, the challenge is to get someone who makes you smile and laugh naturally so that on the day of the even, those natural emotions are more free flowing…

 

 

Post # 4
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1237 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I personally would see a young photographer as a positive, not negative, since I look for a more modern, artistic style.

Do you have a blog? Many brides are photog-blog stalkers! In my opinion, it’s a better way to get to know a photographer’s style, since you can see what they’ve been working on lately, and read a little bit about the photographer’s interactions and relationship with the bride (and groom too, lol). I think most brides are not just looking for someone to take photos of them, but someone who will get to know them as a couple and reflect who they are on film.

Other than that, just generally developing your portfolio to include more weddings, word of mouth, etc. Maybe make an offer to a few brides in the area, like a free engagement session with the purchase of a wedding package.

Post # 6
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2201 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We actually picked our photographer BECAUSE they were young and fun and hip. We figured that they would be less likely to try to put us in the posed photos that our parents had (we wanted something a little more offbeat), and we really clicked with them personality wise. Our photographer brings a funky/vintage sofa to wedding shows so the bride/groom can sit down for a little bit to chat with them (totally awesome after wandering around on cement floors checking out all the vendor booths).

Post # 7
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411 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

The first thing would be an amazing website.  It’s your first shot at impressing a bride and groom, so put some effort into it.  Also, I love it when photographers keep blogs.  It gives their personal story behind the shoots and what they liked about the event.

Post # 8
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246 posts
Helper bee

Things that made me choose my photographer:

  • His style focused more on photojournalism than posed pictures (though he did those also)
  • I was able to view the entire set of pictures for multiple weddings on his website – this helped me see the full spectrum of pictures that he captures at weddings.  Any decent photographer can get one or two great edited pictures froma  wedding, but what does the entire set look like?
  • He was easy to work with and super organized – leaving me no doubt about his ability to manage all hte details.
  • For a reasonable fee, he offered a package that included digital copies of all of my pictures along with a release giving me rights to all of my pictures.  I loved having this option!
  • Word of mouth recommendations!  I took it very seriously that I knew several people that had used him and told me that he did a great job – specifically I kept hearing that he wasn’t pushy and blended in while doing his job.
  • Affordability – let’s face it, we’re looking to hire someone who won’t break our budget!

Post # 9
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2634 posts
Sugar bee

I think not having a blog is a HUGE minus.  Maybe that is why you’re having a hard time promoting yourself?

Post # 10
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5823 posts
Bee Keeper

If you wanted to book more weddings I think you could really stand out if you offer a quick turnaround time.  We didn’t get our wedding photos for 10 weeks, and we’re still waiting to receive the DVDs from our honeymoon video!  I would totally have gone with another photog if I’d been promised my stuff within a month.

Post # 11
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115 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I don’t know how other brides feel about this, but it’s a pet peeve of mine when I find a photographer’s blog/website that I absolutely love but there is no price anywhere to be found. I understand wanting to talk to the potential client so they don’t instantly go running at the high price, but I personally tend to just skip to the next photographer I can find with prices. When I see a price that might be slightly out of my budget, I understand that I will probably be able to talk to the photographer(s) and work out something. And if that’s a concern you have, you can also add a little comment like “definitely willing to create custom packages and work with your budget!” I feel like even with budget brides (our total budget is about $10k) photography is a big priority and people are willing to spend up to about $1500-2000 for someone they love so it’s not like I’m only looking for people who work for pennies. But it’s a waste of my time and their time if their starting prices are waaaay over my budget but there was no way for me to know that without contacting them. I’m too busy to be contacting every vendor that I like just to find out pricing.

Hope that helps! Good luck!

Post # 12
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129 posts
Blushing bee

I agree with all of the suggestions above, and I’ll add one more.  Do you have a relationship with local wedding planners?  We had narrowed down our photographer choices to a few we’d met at a wedding show, but the fact that our wedding planner was familiar and friendly our photographer was a big reason on why we chose her. 

Post # 13
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4123 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Ok, I can tell you right now….

1) No blog

2) Your site is manly, not user friendly, slow loading, and doesn’t fit on my laptop screen.

3) You need to evaluate your packages. a) their redundant. There’s no need to say “ceremony, family pictures, etc” and then put a time limit. Clients don’t want to be dictated a schedule. If they get 8 hrs on location don’t say that starts at Ceremony. Most want pre-ceremony and by your packages you don’t do that, so I wouldn’t call you to even give you a chance to explain. B) You have too many. Photo packages, video packages…. you have all these packages and barely any work to show online!

4) your splash page, the main image is a rose… it looks like you never changed a template

5) Do you really need TWO pictage logo’s? No.

Basically, your portfolio… or lack there of is what’s getting in your way. Take a look at the biggest names in your area and see what their web presence is like? Odds are they’ve also tied their facebook fan page, twitter account, and blog together to their website. You are selling your “art” but you are also selling yourself. People ask me all the time, “did you take these?” But it’s not because I’m young… and most of my clients say that’s a positive thing! I started full time at 23. 

Post # 14
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5823 posts
Bee Keeper

Do you have a large portfolio?  Is there diversity amongst your clients in your portfolio?  If you don’t have that, you may consider doing some free engagement shoots or discounted weddings so that you can build a diverse portfolio to show people.  I also looked at the venues where the photogs shot.  I didn’t want to work with a photographer who wasn’t familiar with our venue, I wanted someone who already had an idea of where to shoot.

Post # 15
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948 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I was actually looking for a younger photographer- I wanted someone who was just starting out, that I knew I could afford.  Those were what I used to weed out the million or so photographers that I looked through on Wedding Wire.

Bright, vivid colors caught my attention with our photographer’s website (the cake photo on your site is a great one).  Black and white is very important too, it just doesn’t catch my immediate attention.  One photo really stood out to me on our photographer’s site, and I just had to get her (once I checked the rest of her stuff, that it wasn’t a one in a million shot). 

Post # 16
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2767 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

offer inexpensive photography starting out.  throw in an engagement session for free.  Maybe you could even offer some free portrait sessions to people in the bay area to boost your portfolio and get some good references.

Have a fast website too, and don’t play the same sappy songs over and over again on it (I hate music on photo websites).

p.s. I agree with the poster above who said your packages are redundant.  They definitely are.   You should just say a time limit and the price.  You don’t need to list what you provide, because you should be doing whatever the bride wants you to do not what you want to do.  Also, you always say you will do “posed” portraits of family and the bridal party.  Most people don’t want “posed” anymore.  They want journalistic and candid shots. 

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