The continuing soap on the Aruba.com wedding & honeymoon forum.
If I was a bride I should not take this forum serious anymore. Why?
The hughe amount of fake brides and fake or manipulated reviews in the past (and still) This is realy bad on a forum with 2 moderators working for the Aruba Tourism Authority.
Serious negative posts are being deleted under pressure of vendors (how is that possible?)
The fact that so called “forum members” aka vendors, are being pushed forward and recommended as the best etc.
The fact that vendors are allowed to post on the forum and give their own advice (that’s so wrong!)
I have the opinion a forum is something from brides to brides to exchange experiences. I don’t think moderators should act as a wedding expert, because they don’t have a clue what’s going on. Moderators are there to moderate.
Getting married is a serious business (not just a dinner in a restaurant), and brides need to be informed by a real bride to be, or married couples. Brides also need to be informed about this fake brides and fake reviews (but again under pressure of the vendors it is not happening while they know who they are) Yelp is the first one who starts fighting fake reviews, see http://www.dailyfinance.com/2012/10/23/yelp-fake-reviews-public-shaming
The quality of Aruba and Aruba wedding planners is very important for our island, and should not be destroyed by some just starting amateurs pretending being the best, or Aruba’s Premier Wedding Planner.
Great experience with the Zunin family shoot
How to see the difference between a professional, good and less good photographer.
That is not easy these days. They all call themselves “professional” of course, or a “premier” photographer. Ok, if you are a photographer for decades and your good, you can give yourself a title. But believe me I see terrible just starting photographers who are suddenly Premier photographer (what a joke). And the worse part is, some of them don’t even have a clue about camera’s. They think Photoshop will save them.
What to believe on the internet.
That becomes more difficult………….Some will say they are a professional photographer for 6 years when they just started…………………Some will say they are booked for the next 8 months…………………Some will come highly recommended on a corrupt forum. You need to do your research to find out the details about your photographer.
And of course the fake reviews. I have mentioned it before, but that becomes annoying. Go figure and use common sense how it is possible one specific photographer get’s a whole bunch of raving reviews while all the others are not even listed. That’s a little suspicious right?
A little advice…………..pay extra attention to picture quality with photographers who do all this color changing, so called artistic photography, collages and stuff like that. Most of the time it’s a cover up for poorly taken pictures . And oh yes, don’t get fooled with crazy numbers like 2000 pictures in a 4 hour shoot, you might end up with 80 usable and 1920 crappy pictures.
Something very important you should pay attention to. Beside the normal “JPEG” photo files, ask for RAW images. Any professional photographer should shoot in RAW format (or able to do so) RAW images are straight out of the camera uncompressed files. You might need to pay a bit extra for the additional disks though.
Conclusion: A good photographer delivers clean pictures, sharp, balanced, well exposed, creative shots.