Photographer & Vendor Information/FAQs
What is your current pricing? - We offer a $200+ discount if the year is paid upfront. Our pricing is $750 paid upfront giving photographers 12 months of website coverage. We offer quarterly payments as well at $240 every 3 months.
How many inquiries and bookings are your photographers seeing related to Wedding Pioneer? - Our first region (St. Louis) just finished its first 12 months with an average of 10 weddings booked per photographer (sounds too good to be true, right?) 9 of the 12 photographers decided to renew for year 2. Of the 3 that didn't renew, 1 moved away, and 1 is getting out of wedding photography. We also gather data from our regions that have exceeded 6 months of membership. Adding in those numbers brings the bookings to an average of 6 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 photogs with good tracking methods and follow up are seeing over 10 inquiries per month that come through Wedding Pioneer.
What marketing techniques do you use? - we run continual paid promotions through Instagram, Google, and sporadically, Facebook. We are very strategic regarding the times we "ramp up" promotions based on engagement statistics.
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. We limit our regional offering to 12 photographers and 12 vendors as 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 photogs/vendors! 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, and on and on.
Can you tell me who else is in the group of 12 photographers? - that will be revealed soon enough. Rest assured, if you've been invited to be one of the 12, the group will have a similar nontraditional photography style to you. Some have been in the business for many years, while others may have only been in business for less than a year.
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 long of a commitment do I have to make? - your annual payment covers you for 12 months. There are no refunds should you choose to pull out of Wedding Pioneer. If you no longer wish to be a featured photographer before the 12 month period expires, please inform us per our contract.
How much website traffic do you receive? - On average, we receive over 250+ page visits daily. These numbers continue to increase with time.
What your payment covers;
Featured space on one of our regional webpages (see weddingpioneer.com/stl for an example)
Additional benefits included with your membership;
Regional Instagram features (usually once per month, but no guarantee here) and highlighted stories with a link to your website
Photography Resource Center - we have a resource center that will have continual updates on market information, pricing strategies, SEO classes, how-to videos, and eventually contract help and editing processes.
Your own landing page! See our St. Louis regional landing pages :)
Inquiry sharing with other photogs who have a similar style as you
Attracting your ideal couple (i.e. not getting mostly church weddings & traditional couples)
Having community with other artists who share your style/vision