I’m part of an online forum for KC photographers & came across this little piece of GOLD last night. If you’re a new photographer, or a photographer at all, read this & pass it along.
Via Jason Domingues: (I bolded my favorite parts)
…….I thought it was a fluke when I got the first call but after the second and then also running into 2 bridesmaids (in the same week), saying “Is there a way for you to edit my wedding images, because I hate them” or ” Is there anyway you can re-shoot me in my wedding dress”? These brides are crawling out of the woodwork desperate because they had such a horrible experience with their photographer/images, that they are now trying to find a photographer who is actually reputable to fix things.
I want to break down every time I hear this. It seriously breaks my heart.
So you might be wondering why I am bringing this up. You might be wondering what this has to do with me…or with any of the rest of us, for that matter. It’s someone else’s problem, right? Well, it WASN’T my problem, but now it is. Now, before I start shooting a wedding I have to answer these questions and justify why I am a true professional, and that I do, in fact, actually know what I am doing. Yes, I could just ignore it but would you?
I am not saying this because I want new photographers to stay out of the way. What I am saying is…just because you can afford a camera and put a craigslist add out there, doesn’t mean you are qualified to shoot a wedding. If you really want to shoot weddings, start shooting some for free (so that you can gain experience, but not have your clients be out a boatload of money if you screw it up). Then, after a while, charge a very small amount, and then, if you decide you really like it, and you are getting enough positive feedback about your work…THEN go for it. Don’t go out there and try to pass yourself off as an experienced photog, and charge the same as someone who has been doing this for years, and expect that things are just going to be all fine and dandy. You are messing with people’s memories of one of the most important days of their lives (and it can’t be re-done)! It’s not fair to your clients, and it’s giving the rest of us a really bad rap.