What do you think the most important thing potential clients looking for a Celebrant want to see? Is it the Celebrant’s logo, numerous pictures of smiling brides, or perhaps badges of advertisers or training organisations they belong too? The answer is an actual picture of the person they are dealing with, the Celebrant who will actual perform their ceremony for them.
As social media is a small part of UKSoC Design’s business, I see so many of our members websites, bloggers and various social media business accounts who do not have a clear, or even one actual photograph of the Celebrant behind the business name or logo. Some members do not even have their names within their business description. This is a bad business move.
Take a moment to put yourself in a prospective client’s position. What do they see on your social media pages? Lots of stock images, but no actual pictures of the Celebrant? What image is this portraying to people? As a Celebrant, you are a key figure involved in any ceremonies you write and perform, and as such your picture should be available to see.
All of you have a profile on UKSoC’s website, and that profile has a picture of you on it, not your logo or a stock image, but an actual image of you. When you joined UKSoC, you were asked to provide a recent, clear photograph of yourself to display alongside your requested information. This is to show the person behind the words, and your website and social media shouldn’t be any different.
Recent clear, photographs are essential in helping secure bookings. Clients want more from their Celebrants than they do from registrars. Some want a Celebrant to fit in with their ceremony theme, and old, outdated or even worse none at all pictures of you could result in them looking elsewhere. While you may love the picture of yourself at your cousin’s wedding ten years ago, the chances are you have changed your appearance since then, and a recent clear picture is essential. We all have images where we looked thinner, had more hair and perhaps less wrinkles, but being truthful portrays an image of trust.
While there maybe quite a few of you who are yet to secure your first ceremony booking, it is really important to display pictures of yourself as well as images of smiling brides and couples within your business tools, such as your website and social media accounts. Your picture and your logo work together to help prospective clients remember and recognise you.
A passport style, corporate picture can be just as damaging as none at all. Let’s face it, who likes their passport or driving licence picture, not many of us, and they certainly do not help portray what kind of Celebrant you are. On the reverse of this, pictures of you on holiday, wearing your football team’s shirt, or sitting in a bar with a drink in your hand aren’t good either. Face on pictures of you performing a ceremony, with clients or pictures of you alone in Celebrant mode are the kind of images you should use to gain business.
Without any pictures, how will clients recognise you should you meet up? How would you feel if you met them face to face only to be told you aren’t suitable for their requirements based on your look? Even worse, how would you feel if you were told how different you looked in your picture and they weren’t expecting you to look as you do? It may sound harsh, but it can happen, and a thick skin is required in business from time to time. All of this can be avoided be having a recent picture of yourself displayed.
Social media and a website, give you the same opportunity to directly address clients in the form of an ‘About Me’ section. This is a good place to have your picture and your name displayed, and is one occasion when you should be putting yourself forward to help gain business.
After all, you do not get a second chance to make a first impression.