Today we have a guest blog from a great company in the wedding photography world, SnapKnot. We think their approach to finding a pro photographer is major improvement over traditional sites and blogs. They have a very well designed site that is super easy to use. Just select your city and set your price range by adjusting the sliders. Then the Photographers within your selections are shown for you to click through to their site. You can read about SnapKnot in their own words below:
SnapKnot is a unique, photocentric wedding photographer directory. We offer a fast, free, fun, and easy way for brides to find their perfect wedding photographer, and for photographers to connect with new brides and book more weddings. Co-founders Mike Rheaume and Reid Warner, freshman year roommates at Dartmouth College, launched the site in February of 2010.The seed of the idea actually came from Reid’s experience when he and his wife Eunice were married back in 2007. They had a very frustrating time trying to find a photographer. They spent a lot of time on Google searches and on the current “big media” wedding sites that don’t do a very good job in terms of making it easy for brides to browse and compare photographers relevant to their personal needs.
We thought there was a need for a way for engaged couples to find photographers who matched their location and budget range and compare them easily side-by-side. SnapKnot was started as a result. Our goal is to make SnapKnot the go-to place for couples searching for their wedding photographer, and for wedding photographers looking for an innovative, effective way to connect with brides.
We have grown very quickly and response has been overwhelmingly positive. We currently have over 2300 photographers on the site worldwide (mostly US), and we are seeing about 20k visitors per month. We are different than most wedding sites out there because we cater exclusively to wedding photographers. The site is very photocentric, allowing photographers’ work to speak for itself. Brides do not get overwhelmed by too many different types of vendors while also having the ability to easily search and filter, and our photographers know we are solely focused on increasing site traffic and providing them with more inquiries from qualified leads.
Over the past six months we have become more of an active community than a mere static wedding directory. We have made personal connections in offline “real life” with many of these photographers, and our Twitter and Facebook networks have become very active – especially for our Diamond members. Plus we have a great blog with interesting and useful info to help any couple in their search for a photographer.
Within the next year, we are planning on expanding much more into the bridal market. Our first year was really about building our wedding photography database to a level high enough to really start promoting the site as a valuable resource to brides. We are also looking at the mobile market, and have some exciting ideas about what this might look like for us over the next few months, so stay tuned. We are always listening to feedback from our users, so one of our primary goals is to stay lightweight and nimble so that we can bring new ideas to market rather quickly. Based in part on this feedback, we have a few ideas about some new onsite tools for brides, as well as layout ideas for our city search that we believe will make the site even easier for brides to use. We hope to introduce many of these new features over the next few months.
Brides: Learn more about how SnapKnot works.
Photographers: Learn more about our membership features.