One of the most important parts of our wedding (to me) was having pictures to remember it by. So I spent a decent amount of time looking online for a wedding photographer. I found so many websites that I wished I could fix, but since I can't, I'm making this list instead! Obviously these are just the opinions of one customer, but I am sure other people will back me up on some of them.
Also, this is all assuming you already have a website for your wedding photography business. If you don't, I don't know how you are getting work! Get on the internet!!1. Go easy on the Flash.
Yes, OK, me having an iPhone is my problem, not yours. But even on my real computer, elaborate transitions between pictures can get really annoying. If I am trying to run through 100 pictures in an album and it takes 5 seconds just to go from one picture to the next, I am going to get tired and stop. And in your galleries, don't make me hunt around for the "Next" button by hiding it until I mouse over some magical spot.2. For the love of God, no auto-playing music!
This wasn't cool on Myspace in 2004 and it isn't cool now. Think of your poor customer! Maybe I'm watching Doctor Who
while I look for a photographer and now there's jazz coming from the TARDIS and it's confusing. Maybe my cat is on my lap and when I open your page he's startled by the music and runs away and now I'm bleeding. If you really think your photos need musical enhancement to get the right emotional reaction, have optional music that the viewer can turn on. Then see how often it actually gets turned on.3. If you're cagey about your pricing, I assume I can't afford you.
This may be your goal. If not, at least give me a base price.4. Need input!
I am nervous about screwing up this important aspect of my wedding. I will be reassured if you tell me about your experience, why you are a wedding photographer, and what the process will involve. Answer some FAQs or walk me through an example wedding day from your perspective. This may just be me, but I like photographers' blogs because I get a sense of them as a person. I see their photographic skills in non-wedding situations, how actively they are out taking pictures, and if they share articles or tips that show they know what they're doing.
5. This is your resume.
No typos, no grammar errors.
The photographer I went with (Edward Underwood
) had a very non-annoying website. Of course I picked him because I liked his pictures, but the website was a plus!