hiring a professional wedding photographer? is it worth it?

    Karen Scott of Avayah Photography wrote this article, and I just had to share it.

    So many times we run into people who don’t understand why wedding photographers “cost so much”  Well, I ran into a little craigslist ad that I found quite humorous and thought I’d share.  There are PLENTY of people who own a camera and will claim to be a professional.  But are they insured?  Do they have experience with different lighting conditions? Do they have back up equipment? Do they back up all of your images?  Do you want them if they don’t?  Just a little food for thought.  They are your memories.  If you want to leave them up to chance that’s up to you.

    Here’s the post….

    Hi there! My name is $&%()* and I’ve just got a brand new camera for Christmas but haven’t even taken it out of the box. I really want to get into the wedding photography business because I see so many people in Utah are getting married and it looks like easy money. I can’t guarantee that even one photo will turn out looking good but I sure will try. Some pictures will be used for my portfolio and my future website. I start booking appointments this week! I am now booking for Spring and Summer of 2010.

    I specialize in all types of Lifestyle photography including:

    Weddings – You’ll have to pay $15 for gas money outside of Salt Lake City
    Bridals
    Engagements
    Families
    Children
    Portraiture
    Fashion

    My style is classy, elegant and artistic. I would be honored to be part of your special occasion or photography needs considering I have no professional experience. I would love to capture those beautiful moments for you and your family.

    I have so much passion for being a pro wedding photographer! All my friends and family tell me I take great pictures at all our outings and picnics. I’m putting together a web site of all the flower pictures and sunsets I’ve taken so you can see how good I am. I even have a few pics of my pet dog which turned out really great!

    But I don’t have a business license, liability insurance, flashes, extra batteries, or even more than a kit lens that came in the box. If something goes wrong, you’re out of luck. To keep things cheap for you, I won’t even back up any of your images. Less cost for me means less cost for you. Just passing the savings on. I expect to be paid in cash or personal check because I don’t plan on claiming this income on my taxes.

    I know many fun and beautiful locations. I really care about making brides look beautiful! I add glow and selective color to all of my images, giving them the best look possible. No need to hassle with computer programs.

    Bridals and Engagements are only $100. Please trust me to do your wedding. I’ll do it cheap just to build up my portfolio. I will only charge you $250 for your entire wedding day. This is a deal. My camera cost me $700 brand new. All sessions include a Hi Resolution CD with FULL copy right release included, which means you get to print your pictures at Wal-Mart! Here’s the BEST Part! I offer 100% guarantee on ALL my sessions! Don’t pay a cent until you are 100% happy with your pictures!

    I own a camera therefore I can take photos like the pros, who charge alot more. Most brides in Utah spend $2,500 on professional wedding photography. Since I have no experience I’ll only be charging $250 (90% off regular wedding photography prices) to shoot full day wedding coverage.

    Think about it: Pros charge alot of money because they have alot of expenses. I don’t.

    Pros have:
    -a business license
    – multiple cameras
    -thousands of dollars in lenses and flashes
    -hard drives to back up the images
    -insurance
    -experience
    -people skills
    -color calibrated monitors
    -professional print labs
    -professional albums

    I have none of this stuff so we’ll keep it cheap, just for you!

    I’m not so sure this would bring me much comfort as a Bride…but it does give a little insight to why professionals are worth what they ask.

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    LauraFebruary 28, 2010 - 7:34 am

    I can’t decide if that person is joking or not. It’s almost too ridiculous to think they are serious!! Haha, thanks for the laugh. In my opinion, photos/video are one of the #1 most important parts of a wedding. They were for mine, anyway!

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