(Closed) Proffessional photographers

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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7296 posts
Busy Beekeeper

yup, you are right. as far as i know, its their job and expertise to pose us and what the main pics are to take.  however, i do recommend making a list of some top things you want. i didn’t, assuming i would get everything, but my photographer didn’t get everyhting i wanted.  i dont blame her, i just wish in hindsight that i made a list of like 5 – 10 things.

Post # 4
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3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Depends on the photographer, if you’re going with a pro (one who does this for a living), than they should know all of it. If you have a specific photo you want taken, definately let them know but don’t tell them obvious ones unless there’s something specific. Things that are traditional in your family may not be as obvious to a photog, so let them know this. If you go with a newer photog (newbie) than its a gamble. So ask them & see if they have references. Check out their photos & see how the poses are, you can ask the photog if they posed them & ask references if they were good at giving them direction.

Also, before signing, you should ask to see 1 complete wedding.

Post # 5
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1405 posts
Bumble bee

A real pro will take care of all that and you won’t have to worry about a thing.

The problem is……what is a professional photographer?  There is no license or exam or certification required, anyone can do it.  Consumer and Pro-sumer equipment has dropped in price and pretty much anyone with a camera that has a vision, starts a website and blog can call themself a pro and open up shop, regardless of experience, talent, knowledge, and equipmnt.  This is happening EVERYWHERE, especially with unemployment so high and stay at home moms trying to find a niche that can keep them home during the day with the kids and working when hubby is home.  So choose wisely…..

Post # 7
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394 posts
Helper bee

@USER876: Yeah, I agree. The market is way too saturated with what I now refer to as “fauxtographers”

It makes it much harder for legit photographers such as myself to make a decent living. I have 15 years just learning the medium, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from a well known College, countless years of assisting/second shooting and paying my dues, and a legally legitimate business….. and yet I have to justify to people regularly why I charge more that the weekend fauxtographers. I just wish more people would stop looking at the price tag and start looking at the quality of the product again. sigh…. mini rant. 

Post # 8
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1405 posts
Bumble bee

@atomic:  yeah well most people don’t really pick up on the quality until they get their images and are not happy with them.  They get excited by the low price tag.  Other people just don’t know what to look for in photography, and as long as it is better than what they can do themself they are happy.  I see a lot of horrid pics posted by so called “pro’s”

I try not to work with that market, I raised my prices and no longer have the “craigslist crowd” inquiring, because they just nickel and dime you to death and expecct you to match the lowest price they can find….no thanks.

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