Here I am – going from website to website looking at photographers. Oh my, learning experience. What do we want? Who would we choose? Of course photography is the most important thing to us. After all, we don’t plan on having a videographer so this would be the only images of our wedding.
So being on the other side of the fence, what am I looking for? Ok, maybe my experience is somewhat altered because I look at top photographers blogs day in and day out but the basics remain the same.
First thing, what does their website look like? Seriously, it is true when they say you need to have a nice website. It’s the first impression. If it’s a bad one, I move on….there are 500 pages of results to go through anyway. Why should I even bother staying at this one?
Next thing, do they have a blog? I obviously love blogs, hence the reason for me having this one. 🙂 While I do love the photography posts, I’d rather read about someone personally. I can view your pictures on your website any time I want but what I can’t get is their personality. Do they like to make fun of your significant other like I do? How about eating hoards of cool whip on a spoonful of ice cream? Obviously, that’s the only way to eat cool whip…I mean ice cream. It makes a connection. I likey connections.
Next up, MONEY! Even though I want amazing pictures, it’s hard to choke down the money factor. Photographers just see themselves as worth the value, which they definitely are, photography is seriously hard work! The problem is, brides view it as an additional huge expense. How do we change that perspective? I don’t know…I’m still trying to wake up from me fainting over others pricing. I would say, this is where the website and connection come into play.
Lastly, the photography. I might be exaggerating a bit here because I obviously look for someone who shoots wide open, uses nice light, has their posing down like whoa but do you thinks someone who isn’t a photographer thinks, “Gee, if only they used f/1.2 in that photo”, NO! For realsies.
There’s just so much more to it than a nice photograph. It’s making me rethink a lot of how we run things going forward. But don’t worry; I’ll still be just as ridiculous as I always am.