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    @iliketag: The best response to handle that is: Each wedding is different and I decide pricing based upon what I am expected to shoot for the day. I would be happy to discuss your day and your expectations for photographs, and then decide a price. I will completely understand if you decide that my pricing does not work for you and that you want to choose another photographer.

    As for shooting for friends, I won’t discount my wedding prices, but I do discount family photos. Weddings are just too long of a day to do as a gift for a friend. Family I don’t mind helping out for weddings, because I make it clear that at some point (after the important shots) I am going to put my camera down and enjoy the reception.


    Nothing about this shot works…def not the tone…and the poor girl looks really uncomfortable:



    I know this is about the pictures, but if you see the caption of that album, I find it a bit weird that those were not only a senior session, but also engagement session as well. When I was that was an engagement session, I was like, “She looks really young”, until I saw the caption that it was both a senior and engagement session. Well, at least she’s over 18, I assume!


    That girl on the log looks like she’s just been ship wrecked – is that the look they wanted?


    A large majority of all of her photos have blown highlights.  Apparently she has never considered that bright spots in a photo detract from your subject.


    Instead of looking at the subjects eyes the viewer’s eyes keep going back to the bright blob that should be a torso, maybe she has gone nuclear.

    Classic faux mistake:  https://scontent-b-sjc.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/72515_449023678508748_43768169_n.jpg  The face is torn between highlights and shadow.

    No attention to background detail.  Chairs from the ceremony piled up.  https://scontent-b-sjc.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/1375134_518626018215180_380670754_n.jpg

    I’m not typically a basher, I usually just shake my head when I see poor fauxs who think they are grand.  But this one really got under my skin.  She didn’t even know how to attach a lens to her camera body.



    I’ve given slight discounts to friends who’ve asked me to shoot their weddings. (I don’t advertise I shoot weddings, I don’t really have the time or desire for it- but have done for friends and 2nd shooting).

    One time a former co-worker asked me to shoot her wedding (long story short I had no desire to due mainly to the fact that she and her bf/fiance broke up a few times and it didn’t seem like a good situation/ turns out he left her at the altar when they finally were going to get married, poor girl) and she asked me my price. I said “generally around $xxxx amount depending on the wedding and that includes professional editing and the images on a disk for you.” (I didn’t plan on a discount for her since she wasn’t really a friend of mine, but estimated the price based on what I offer and the quality.)

    Her response was “$xxxx? That’s insane! I don’t want all that editing and stuff, I just want all the pictures!” I said “Well, I always edit my work because that’s part of the process, and that’s what I charge….”

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