(Closed) Pro. Photographers– How do you deal with this….

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
7431 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

@emersynsmommy35: this is cropping up everywhere. I have seen so many friends from high school create fb pages and want everyone to “like” their page and every one of them charge for photos, but aren’t actual photographers. It drives me crazy!!! There have been at least 10 in the last 2 years

Post # 5
8 posts
  • Wedding: February 1999

It is what it is, there are some that will be around in 2 years but the majority of them will be gone from the scene, only to be replaced by another batch of “weekend warriors”.


The perception is that if you have a DSLR you are all set to start up your “professional photography business” unfortanatly what these people do not realise when they start is that it takes a great deal of cash to really get started, 1 camera = 1 malunction from disaster. In order to properly outfit yourself with equipment you must at a min have 2 camera bodies and several lens. The price is dependant on the quality, and the quality of the image is effected by the price of the lens. The other thing required is a great deal of time. This is harder to come up with that the great deal of cash. 


Yes,  from the outside looking in all that photographers do is shoot pictures….. oh how i wish this were true, but on the other i’m happy its not or else more of these “photographers” would stick around.

Here is one way of looking at these new photogs: When they come onto the scene and their images are craptastic but are charging a boat load of money, use this to elevate your own pricing. When potential clients compare work they will see what they can get for bottom dollar and you do not want to be in that catagory.

I feel (something,not sure what) when i hear the diaster stories of shoots that are taken by the “pro” who uses a canon rebel and kit lens.

Post # 6
809 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Lol, google “fauxtographer.” That’s what they’re called, and there are a ton of them around here too. I probably have at least 8 different in my FB news feed. And ya, it’s obnoxious!

Post # 9
1405 posts
Bumble bee

@emersynsmommy35:  I had to laugh, sometimes during portrait session I whip out my old P&S and say “ok I am ready!”  After I get some dirty looks I tell them I am just kidding, my real gear is in the trunk….ha ha ha

This is very true, and the term “buyer beware” is more important than ever.  Consumers need to be very aware of what they are getting and who they are hiring.

I, myself don’t have a problem with the newcomers, we all have to start somewhere, but some of them are really ripping people off, making a pro looking site using images taken at workshops for their ports (or stolen images) that look nothing like what they routinely create for clients.  For the ones with horrid portfolios…..well if a client can’t spot bad photographer, then they probably don’t value it enough to pay lro prices, and they are not the customer for me anyway.

The issue is that photographer is a trade, not really a profession.  There is no degree or certification or license reguired, anyone can do it and there are no barriers to entry once you pick up your digital rebel from best buy.

Post # 11
1405 posts
Bumble bee

@emersynsmommy35:  how much are they charging?  Just because they have a website with rates doesn’t mean they are getting clients…..

Post # 13
2373 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I’m a member of a military spouse group on facebook and there are several wives who post their photography pages. I’ve stopped myself from saying something, but the photos look like they were taken with an iphone and the lighting is horrible.

 I know people have to start somewhere, but these are just sad. I’m no longer shooting (went back to school for something else), but even when I was starting I was adamant about learning how to take good photos. I would compare my work to the portfolio of someone established to see what I could improve on.

Post # 15
2701 posts
Sugar bee

@emersynsmommy35: I feel bad for the consumer because they’re actually the ones getting screwed.

I am guilty of hiring a “new” photographer but she was open about being new and not having a lot of experience. However, her equipment and talent is fantastic. For example, I paid $75 for our engagements photos and got a free bridal shoot. I am SO happy with the photos and feel I got a good deal. Although, I think I am in the minority and also got lucky.

There are so many people on Craigslist who offer photography services who should just go home and continue to take pictures of their cats.

Post # 16
370 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I generally take it with a grain of salt, however, recently I saw on good old facebook that a high school classmate was advertising having work in an upcoming art show.. her “work” was close ups of shots of whiskey and handlebar mustaches that had moody titles and had been taken with the hipstamatic app on her Iphone. You read that right, IPHONE. Like I said, I usually take fauxtographers or newbies who over charge with a grain of salt, but that made my blood boil a bit.

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