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Sunday, February 03, 2008

Your Best Foot Forward

My mini-obsession with photography blogs began when I started to plan my wedding from abroad in late 2006. All I had was the internet and when I began to look for a photographer their website was my only link to their work. There are literally hundreds of photographers in the D.C/VA area and easily a dozen more in Charlottesville itself so narrowing it down was hard (and yes, I went through all of them!). I had so many sites to look at that if a photographer's website wasn't well developed then I just passed it by. If it wasn't easy to navigate, if it didn't show recent work, etc. I just didn't have time to persue that photographer further unless I saw something that really wow'd me. Surprisingly many of the photographers I contacted didn't automatically offer an online password to some of their albums so I could look at their work fully. I usually had to ask and they were like "oh yeah that's a good idea."

So I really was appreciative of photographers who had easy to navigate websites, websites with numerous shots, websites that had at least a few "full" albums to browse through, and websites with photography blogs! My advice to any photographer (whether new to the field or a seasoned pro) is to really invest in your website. It's your face to the world and you never know when some bride from thousands of miles away is trying to pick a photographer with nothing but your website to go on. And this advice doesn't just work for photographers...no matter what service you are trying to sell -flowers, wedding coordination, dresses, etc. Make your website the best that you can afford and visually stunning. Sure sometimes websites can be misleading, so I always recommend that you meet the vendor in person and get other bridal recommendations but you have to start somewhere...especially if you are in a different time zone (or hemisphere).

What does this have to do with anything? Well, I was really excited to see yesterday that one of the most popular and best wedding photographers in Charlottesville has joined the blog world. I've seen Jen Fariello's work in numerous wedding magazines and in a ton of Knottie bios. It's always excellent and I'm super excited that I'll get a regular does of her work now. She always takes really classic and iconic bridal shots. Add her blog to your blog reader now! And give serious thought to her for your own wedding. If you think that maybe her name sounds familiar from somewhere else then you may be remembering her from her own warm and rustic wedding featured in The Knot magazine last year.

All photos below credited to Jen Fariello and found on her new blog (which you're adding to your blog reader...)



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Anonymous Wedding Bouquet said...

That is a really nice post with some awesome bridal pics, Looking forward to seeing many more pics on your blog.

Sunday, February 03, 2008 11:34:00 PM  

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