Keepin' it Fearless
I’m pretty skeptical of some of the wedding photographer associations out there on the Interwebs. Photographers gain valuable SEO (or “Google juice”) by buying a placement on the site, giving them a higher search ranking when someone types in, oh, say, “PHILIPPINES WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER”, just as a totally random example. Ahem. But there’s really little quality control – and so long as you pay your fees, you’ll pretty much get a listing, so the site ends up being more for the photographers than the discerning client who’s searching for professional and creative talent.
So I was really interested when I came across a relatively new wedding photographers directory called Fearless Photographers, the brainchild of Huy Nguyen, a photographer in Washington State. It’s a community of photographers with no BS, just great images to showcase talent, and a lot of modern, progressive and creative stuff. There’s also a forum for clients to reach out to photographers with wedding photographer requests – its great to have this kind of direct contact and dialogue benefiting both clients and photographers.
So, yes, I’ll keep my listings with a few of those other wedding photographer associations, ’cause it does help my search engine rankings. But other than that, from now on, I’m keepin’ it Fearless.