Photographer Membership FAQs
What sets you apart from the other feature accounts/wedding directories? - 1. Our photographers are hand-selected based on rigorous standards. We do not accept everyone who applies, in fact, 97% of featured photographers are ones that we have searched for and reach out to. We limit our regional offering to 12 photographers to not overwhelm our couples/clients. 2. We promote locally, meaning our SEO and paid promotions are focused on each region/location. This is why we are having so much success with bookings for our photographers. We all love the crazy fun elopements in far off places, but when it comes down to it, wedding photographers make money when they book locally - - and that's our PRIMARY focus. 3. We also setup the opportunity for local community. Each region/location has a private Facebook group for the photographers to schedule meet ups, share inquiries, get second-shooters, and ask questions about different locations, etc.
How many inquiries and bookings are your photographers seeing related to Wedding Pioneer? - Not all featured photographers share booking data with us and/or tracks inquiries & bookings. Our first region (St. Louis) finished its first year with an average of 10 weddings booked per photographer (which is the highest we’ve seen in any region). We also gather data from the other regions, and adding in those numbers brings the bookings to an average of over 3 weddings booked per photographer (prorated average over 12 months). Inquiries are a little trickier to gather exact data as most clients say "google"....because the client finds Wedding Pioneer through a google search. Our photographers with good tracking methods and are seeing over 5 inquiries per month (on average) that come through Wedding Pioneer. We do have photographers that have not booked weddings through Wedding Pioneer. *We cannot guarantee bookings*
What marketing techniques do you use? - we run continual paid promotions through Google Ads. Sporadically, we run paid promotions through Instagram & Facebook.
What is your current pricing?
- Our pricing is $750 paid upfront giving photographers 12 months of website coverage
- We also offer quarterly payments (for certain exceptions), but the annual rate is discounted greatly vs. quarterly payments
- We are only offering annual (sometimes quarterly) pricing because inquiries are increased/decreased in certain seasons
- Monthly membership does not give photographers the full experience of membership (and sometimes neither does quarterly membership)
Is my annual payment all I have to pay? - Yes! We don't make a profit off any of your bookings. We are strictly a marketing website. You pay for featured space on our website...we bring your ideal client to you.
How much website traffic do you receive? - On average, we receive over 200+ daily visitors. These numbers fluctuate throughout the year, but continue to increase with time.
What your payment covers;
Featured space on one of our regional webpages (see our St. Louis Region for an example) that we promote through Google Ads, Instagram, and Facebook.
Additional benefits included with your membership;
Continual promotion through Google Ads, and sporadically through Instagram & Facebook.
Community & Growth - You’ll be part of a local community of photographers that share your style & vision. We’re working on promoting more community activities and growth opportunities through our Facebook groups. SEO, market info, and many other items are discussed here with a small group of those in your community.
Inquiry sharing with other photographers who have a similar style as you (through your region’s Facebook group)
Attracting the ideal care-free couple (you know, the ones that don’t consider you the “hired help”)