I'm gonna be honest, shit is about to get real...if you cant appreciate brutal honesty, now is the time to avert your eyes.
Ladies & gentleman, technology is upon us. It is real. It is here & its not going anywhere.
Online marketing is the biggest marketing tool out there right now. Social media, SEO, websites, goggle, etc.
With that being said, wether it is a styled shoot, a real wedding or a paid gig. Once those images are released of course you want to show off your work. Who doesn't? BUT, it is completely UNACCEPTABLE to NOT tag a vendor because they are "competing business" If thats how you feel you shouldn't be working with them in the first place. Or because you're too lazy, no one is ever looking for that quality. It is completely UNACCEPTABLE to LINK a vendor or just simply type their name out in the comments section of the photo. Vendors who participate & promote you & refer you should never be seen as an after thought in the comments section. EVER. Or left out because you want people to focus on your business & not theirs. They put their time & money into this shoot or job just like you did. When you work a wedding or other event it is a chance to network with other vendors, tagging is a way for you & them to get thier name out there & seen on other businesses pages. Tagging=networking, wether you know it or not.
The life of a freelance vendor is not an easy one. It takes YEARS to build a name from scratch.
If I tag & promote you & you cant or wont do the same for me....then Im sorry, but I cant work with you or promote you/refer you anymore. #sorryimnotsorry
Excuses: they are just that. Excuses. "Oh Facebook wouldn't let me tag your business page" So....you just didn't do it at all?? "oh it would only let me tag you from my personal page" Soo, you just tagged my personal page but didn't tell anyone WHY??? So now I am just a random tag on someones wedding photo...for all they know I could be the bride!!"Oh it wouldn't let me tag you from my phone" Well then maybe you need to have some patience & wait until you get home to an actual computer before you start posting pictures that many other vendors were involved in. Because I'm pretty sure you didn't shoot that picture, cull all the images, edit the photo, make the floral arrangements, do the makeup, do the hair, make the dress, borrow the dress, plan the event, make the jewelry, build the building, set that place setting, make the cake etc. Because if you did...well damn.
So when you post that image (or blog) & tag only the people you know personally & talk about your work. You look like a dick. You just left out like 6 other people who worked their asses off to do their job. If you cant figure out how to tag people, well you better learn. YouTube it. Ask someone. Read a forum. SOMETHING!
The first couple of times its whatever, I'll go in there & tag my business myself, but after time number two....Its plain disrespectful & outright RUDE. Oh, & if you are going to mention someone & you "cant tag them" maybe you should make sure their business name is correct?
Example: I have been tagged as Crystal Casey of High Voltage Hair. High Voltage. Crystal of High Voltage. WRONG!!
I am High Voltage Hair by Crystal Casey. THAT is how you tag me on Facebook, that is the name on my business cards & my website.
If you don't care enough to actually look at the business card I gave you, or to even make sure you are getting my business name correct, well I guess when I tag you I should half ass your name too? NEGATIVE. I'm not that person, I make sure that I tag every single vendor involved & if something is wrong & I cant tag the person. I double check to see if they even have a Facebook to tag (because who doesn't right?) or I let them know they are untag-able.
Your business page has settings.
Its called tagging/posting ability. Mine is on, if you feel like yours might not be. Check it out.
BUT, this doesn't even matter if someone just does not give you credit.
Take this image for example: Now, take away the makeup (by Beauty+Baubles: Jenn Brousch) the flowers (by Studio Posy) the hair (by High Voltage Hair by Crystal Casey) the beautiful bridal gown (from Maya Couture) the venue (Monticello Arcade) & Michelle Amarillo's sweet planning skills (from Michelle Amarillo Event Planning) What are you left with???
THIS is what you're left with...
You're left with just a normal looking couple & as cute as Trish & Caleb may be...which image do you prefer? The professional image (by Debbie Laughlin Photography) or the one that looks like a random stranger took it on the beach??
THIS is what a styling team & full vendor list can do for images. So when you post an image from an event or styled shoot etc. that you were involved in, remember YOU & your specialty didn't make that picture all that it is. EVERYONE INVOLVED DID.
So please, credit everyone, tag everyone. Give credit where credit is due. Don't be an ass hole. Everyone works hard & deserves credit for their work.