March 27, 2012
Morning, responding to your entry on Xanga about ‘spraying and praying’ and amateur photographers claiming themselves to be ‘professional’ photographers. Last July I was hired by a remove family member (Uncles ex wife) to shoot her registery office wedding. On the day I was nervous, I was more scared than anything of mucking the whole wedding up by producing less than acceptable photos, I charged her £150.00/$237.47 Canadian Dollars because I didn’t want to be out of my depth and be in such a position where I was unable to repay her the money if she demanded a refund.
Every time I look back at the photos I took, I am ashamed, I’m distraught that I’d let myself down and let her down. Although upon handing he images over she said she was overwhelmed, I still felt somewhat bad for charging her for a in totally honesty, and please do excuse my language but a shit job!
I’ve never once claimed to be a professional photographer, in fact at times when possible clients have approached me looking for a professional photographer, I always point them in the direction of one of my associates who are to me, professional photographers.
I respect you as a photographer and businessman and I your debates always interest me which one reason I’m writing this mail. You mentioned something yesterday or a few days ago saying that conventions or something similar should have staged wedding sets for which photographers could take photos of the set to use on template sites or something along those lines. I believe that would be a superb idea and follow that through with staged weddings with actors to teach up-coming photographers wedding photography techniques.
To show how ashamed of my work I am, I’ll share a link and please, if you feel the need to use it as an example to show other photographers the mistakes amateur photographers make.
Here is the link to his gallery. Honestly, it was nowhere as terrible as he was making it sound, but he does have a point.