(Closed) I just received an email from them.. what do you think? Can I trust this?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

You should call and talk to them. It does sound too good to be true, but sometimes people do this stuff I guess, to build up portfolios and such.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Hmmm. I wouldn’t trust that, personally. I checked out the link – a lot of the photographs look a bit out of focus. Maybe it’s an amateur photographer trying to build a portfolio? It’s a pretty good strategy, but I guess you have to (a) do more research on them/contact them/etc. and (b) really think about whether it’s worth it to go for the free photography that is probably of lesser quality than other photogs.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

That definitely sounds too good to be true.  Did them explain why they’d be willing to photograph for free?  I’m so skeptical about this kinda stuff!  I wouldn’t want you to trust them only to get no photo’s in the end.  So, I’d say,do as much research as you possibly can on them before you agree to anything.

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I would talk to Gabi (the girl who is the photographer.) What she’s doing makes alot of sense to me, she’s getting practice at her art and building her portfolio. If the photo’s are extremely important to you, I would look in another direction, but if you’re willing to sacrifice some quality for a free vendor this could be a great option for you.

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper

wow. Interesting offer – I’d ask to see her portfolio and speak with some previous clients.

If you can’t afford a photog, go for it!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

There only seems to be two weddings photographed on the website, which could be why it is free, to build up their portfolio.  I would talk to them and sit down with them and maybe work out a contract where the photographer agrees that they will for sure show up and take the photos. That way you know there will be ramifications if they back out? 

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

As a photographer, we do build our portfolio but as a second shooter and doing engagement shoots for free. There website seems very random as in the images. You should meet them and ask for references and if they are doing it for free how long will they stay, when you will get your pictures, they dont ditch you at last moment and all.

 

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I don’t know that I would depend on them 100% for the wedding.  Ask if maybe they would want to shoot along with your regular photographer.  Maybe for a Trash the Dress Session.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I just typed you this whole long email and then my battery died! But the jist of it was this:

A: She only has two weddings on her site, so I think this offer is legit. She is looking to build her portfolio and your wedding is SOON.

B: I can’t stress this enough!!!! ASK TO SEE AN ENTIRE WEDDING! Based on the number of photos from each of these weddings, she might not have even been the official photog for either of them, maybe just a guest, or even a second shooter. This will also give you a better idea of what you are going to get. Then from what you see you can decide if it’s worth the risk that comes with being her first wedding.

C: If you dont have any budget or other options I’m sure this is better than nothing, but if you DO have money to spend on this, based on the quality of what she is posting as THE ABSOLUTE BEST of her work, I just don’t see anything that strikes me.

D: Make sure she has backup equipment! Maybe find out about the cost of getting second shooter involved if you are thinking of going for it.

E. Make sure you get the images on a DVD after the wedding and the rights to print the images yourself … there is always the possibility that’s where she plans to make her money, but I doubt it.

Hope this helps and good luck!

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Um – Just going to say, I highly doubt you’ll get a single retouched or color corrected image and In My Humble Opinion this is the worst way possible to build a business.

1) Each wedding a “pro” does requires about 60+ hrs of work. Doing 100 weddings in 12 months is obviously impossible.

2) Can we say burn out? Seriously, working on about 25 a year almost sent me over the top. There is only so much you can take of “single ladies.” Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my job. I would probably shoot myself in the foot if I did 100 in 1 year.  Actually, 50 in a year I would too….

3) You don’t want a burned out person doing your wedding.  Can we say, “no fun to be around?” And, dull and un-inspiring.

4) How can you truly get better at the art of the craft if you don’t have time for personal rest and rejuvenation, mental rest, and time to edit and work on building your skill AND business. I guarentee they won’t have time to answer emails and by doing it for free they won’t have $ to pay anyone. Weddings are GRUELING! Ask any photog and they’ll tell you they have to “recover” the next day. She is going to be doing at least 3 a weekend… no way.

5) By working themself to death like this how are they going to have a 2nd job to support their life? Housing? Medical insurance? The list goes on.

Basically, I wouldn’t do it.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Didn’t even notice the description of why she is doing it. Oh my gosh. I’d die if I tried to do 100 too! I think even one a week would get grueling with the amount of post processing involved. 100 to one she comes anywhere close to completing this project. I bet she gets no farther than 10 and starts charging.

Post # 15
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Worker bee

When I first started out, I could totally see where this person’s viewpoint comes from. I think she has good intentions, but not enough experience. Photography is expensive. Why pay so much? I feel for the couple. I want to build up experience. Win-win for both, let’s do it for free. I don’t think she seems shady, but I worry that what she’s trying to do is neither helpful for her or for the couples who book her.

I understand how hard it is to start out with a tiny portfolio, everyone starts out with very little. I shot my first 2 weddings for friends and even then I charged a little. Clients deserve better, to have beautiful photos, and that comes with experience, better equipment, better products, presentation, education, networking, and time to myself to learn and practice and perfect my craft so that I am NOT practicing on a client, and all of that costs money. At the very least she should be charging.

100 weddings is crazy! This isn’t ambitious, it’s downright harmful to her own health and could jeopardize the quality of the photos she can deliver.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think her idea is a good one, but 100 weddings in one year?? I would be a little concerned about burnout too. Also find out if she plans to retouch the photos, and what you get with this “free” cost. She seems legit, but perhaps she just hasn’t thought it through in terms of how much work 100 weddings is going to be (and might not know where she is an amateur photographer).

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