I absolutely love when couples, vendors, magazines, blogs and venues share my photographs online. I don’t take out traditional advertising very often, I prefer to focus on connecting with the amazing clients through social media and word-of-mouth referrals. This way clients are already familiar with my work and my wedding experience prior to even meeting! To do this I must ensure that everyone is educated in the BEST way to share my photos online. Keep in mind these are not just my policies but should be don’t with any photographers photos you ever work with.
Don’t CROP, EDIT or FILTER
One of the most important things that I try to educate others when sharing my photos is consistency. I want to ensure that prospective clients see my work as it should be, the way I’ve edited it, cropped it and meant it to look. This way they will get an accurate idea of what their photos could look like. Yes Instagram has filters and allows you to edit and crop the photo, doesn’t mean that you should do it!! Consider the photos you get from your photographer “As Is”, post it As Is or don’t post it at all. ????
Do add a TAG and CREDIT
Posting photos on social media is great, but there are a number of important reasons why you should tag your photographer. I of course want your family and friends to know who you are working with and who took that amazing photo you’re posting, you must love it since you’re posting it online! But that’s not the only reason you want to credit your photographer; I want to protect you as well from having other companies use your photos without permission. Yes they do that! The best way to avoid this is crediting your photographer and tagging their social media page or siting their website. This way anyone that would like to use one of your amazing photos has the ability to contact your photographer and ask them for permission. ????
Don’t submit to publications
Most photographers have a plan when it comes to having wedding published; they know all of the best magazines and blogs to get your wedding published. They know who is looking for submissions and what type of weddings their looking for. If you would like your wedding or engagement published talk to your photographer and ask them what their plan is for submissions. ????