(Closed) Top things brides want in a photographer?

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Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

– have a decent website

– put pricing or at least “starting at…” on your website

– show a variety of shots (details, candid, portrait, indoor, outdoor etc..) on website

– This is a big one. Put your location somewhere on your website! I can not tell you how many photographer’s sites I came across that had no indication of where they lived. It made me crazy trying to figure out if they were local to the area or not.

– Be flexible with your packages and allow the purchase of high res digital files (not just 4×6 or 5×7)

– Talent (obviously)

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

Unique style… something that sets them apart.

Decent prices.

Easy to communicate with.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

-Compatible aesthetic- the photographer has to be good, but if I look at their portfolio and all I see are soft-focused or fish-eyed lens photos, then I don’t want them to be the one doing the editing.

-Transparency- like scadadle15 said, you should put your prices or at least ‘starts at’ on your website.  When a vendor just says “call for pricing” then I don’t even want to seriously consider them because I don’t know if they’re in my price range.  I tend to assume that their prices are very high and they don’t advertise them because they will scare people away, or that they just want your contact information so they can harass you about booking.  As I see it, your prices are what they are, and if they’re too high then I won’t be more likely to pay them just because I had to call to get them.   Also, the more clear, honest information you have about yourself the better.  Giving specifics about your credentials and relevant history makes you look a lot more trustworthy than just saying that you’re experienced.

-Seems easy to work with- some photographers come off as demanding or hard to work with from the information on their website.  I saw one who said “We prefer outdoor DIY-type weddings.”  That’s great if that’s what they prefer, but unless they’ll turn down any other type of wedding they shouldn’t advertise it.  As someone who’s having an indoor, minimally DIY wedding, I don’t want to book them because I won’t think they’ll be happy shooting my wedding.  I just want to get the feel that the photographer will be someone I want to be around all day on my wedding.

On a similar note, my fiance and I refuse to book a photographer who has a ‘bad website.’ When we have to wait through a long flash intro then dig through a hard-to-navigate menu, we’re already feeling grumpy before we even see the photographer’s work or prices.  Some photographers, in my opinion, go too far with making their websites look artsy, and it just makes the website hard to use (and consequentially makes the photographer seem hard to work with).  You should have a clear, navigable website with easy-to-find information.  Let your work speak for itself.  ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

– accurate information/updated website (not having this is a HUGE turnoff when I start looking at businesses/vendors for anything).

– the ability to show, with their own style, a complete “story”.

– competitive pricing that reflects the skills showcased on the website/portfolio.

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2011

-nice designed webiste

-put price on the website

-photo gallery

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Post # 8
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Sugar bee

No music on a website!  It will make me navigate away before I even look at the site.

Prices or starting from

Pics of brides that are not all stick thin, or perfect

 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

1. A definitive, unique style

2. Fun, easy-going personality

3. Quick and effective communication.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

1. Quick communication and email friendly.  I had so many vendors take days to weeks to get back to me, they were eliminated if they didn’t get back to me in 1-2 days, I’m impatient that way.  Also, I didn’t give my phone number to any vendor until I was ready to meet them, so I only set up meetings with vendors that easily communicated through email, not the ones that kept pestering me for contact info.

2. Like everyone else said, starting prices on the website.  At least a ball park so people know if you are relatively in their budget or not.  Also, include various packages on your website so you can see what type of investment you are getting as a client.

3. Easy to work with and not pushy.  Definately try to sell yourself to potential clients but don’t put others down in the process or make people feel bad because they don’t have the money for your best packages.

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper

1 – be able to put you at ease so you feel comfortable taking pictures – this should come thru before you meet or at least during meeting (ie., before the wedding)

2 – be able to negotiate or tailor packages for different budgets

3 – and the third, well, i want to love the pictures my photog has taken in the past – but this would be a personal preference i guess.  

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

I am a photographer and the top three things people are looking for are:

1.  customer service – good communication, flexibility, and the ability to work through any issues

2.  Full coverage – no missed shots, tell the story of the entire day

3.  Consistant images – every image in the entire set is quality no matter what the lighting condition.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@Brittaneetaylor3:

1-Good communication and prompt response to e-mails/phone calls (and I would consider prompt to be responding within 2 business days)–which doesn’t go away once you have a deposit. The one thing that still burns me about the photographer we hired…..she was very prompt and friendly before she had the deposit. After she had the deposit things went downhill as far as communication and her attitude. 

2-Post your starting price range on your website. It just saves time all around for everyone because if I can afford to spend $2500 and your packages start at $5000-I can love your work until the cows come home, but it doesn’t do either of us any good because you are out of our budget. Also be up front about what is and what is not included in packages.

3-Post a fair representation of your work on your website. I still want to see your best images, but I’d also like to have an idea of the type/quality of images I would be receiving as a client, so post a few complete weddings.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I really hate it when there’s not an email address and instead there’s a “message box”. I’m not sure I’ve had ANY vendor get back to me after I had to type all my info in and submitted.

I like a couple of complete weddings

Starting price range is good. I hate when vendors are vague about their prices. If I sound like I have a fancy wedding are you going to charge me more?? I like standard set prices.

I also loved that my photographer offered a 10 hour package. It made me choose him immediately! (after loving the prices and style).

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