Last week I published a post on how to go about getting discounted wedding photography. I did so to combat emails I've received from people simply looking for discounts for no reason other than they asked for one.
Hey, it doesn't hurt to ask, and I definitely appreciate the restraints of being on a tight budget, and so I try to make things work. At the same time, there comes a point at which it isn't profitable for me to shoot a wedding, or any other type of session, and I'm not really aspiring to be a starving artist.
I recently read a scathing article (and a nice rebuttal) where, yet again, I saw professional photographers referenced as people who charge thousands of dollars to stand around and take snapshots for a few hours. As if the guests could do the work instead, and you should just save yourself the money since the end product will be the same.
Occasionally, as someone who is still relatively new to the industry, it is difficult to feel like a true photographer. I see ridiculously amazing work all the time on my feed, and wish that I could be that talented.
But then I try to teach someone how to use a camera, how to expose an image properly, what to look for in composition, how to focus an image, the concept of depth of field, how to pose subjects, and so on, and I remember that I do indeed have a specialized skill set that I can use to serve others. I value my skills and my time. I value my clients and the trust they put in me. This is what I love to do, and what I am good at.
I understand that it is difficult to swallow the price of wedding costs, including photography. Usually, young people planning weddings are planning their first, and these days, more and more young people are paying for their own weddings, as opposed to having their parents, who generally have more money and have been through this before and know what to expect, pay for most of the costs. This is the (or at least one) cause of the disconnect between brides and grooms and wedding vendors. They just don't cross paths that often.
But most wedding vendors - especially small businesses - aren't out to scam you. We just want to use our skills the best way we can - to serve you, to provide you with the best possible product, and at the end of the day, be able to keep our businesses running so we can do it again tomorrow. This is the popular vibe on online forums, and it's definitely true for me.
These images are from Ashley and Kendall's Maryland wedding this past weekend. Full post coming soon!