A&P how would you respond? v.weddingphotographer

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  1. jared_IRL

    jared_IRL OT Supporter

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    Got this email from an acquaintance...


    thoughts? I've never shot a wedding before. Can this be done with a d80, a few lenses and a sb600?
     
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    I wouldn't.
     
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    Jonny Chimpo OT Supporter

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    Option B would be to respond thus:

    "Hey, cooking and cleaning really isn't my thing, you know not a high priority for me and I don't want to pay for it, but I know you like it. Would you mind coming over and making me dinner and then cleaning my apartment afterwards?"
     
  4. Pilky

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    If you want some practice go for it, but I wouldn't do it in hope of getting money out of it.
     
  5. Gromer

    Gromer Strange things are afoot at the Circle-K!

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    I read that they are going to pay, but it is on the low end of the budget.
     
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    isaac86hatch This thread sucks

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    If they pay you for your time, sure. As long as you cover everything you can and just get the exposure and focus right they can't complain. For sure make them sign a contract if you are getting paid. If they are not going t pay you then you should charge for each print that they want.
     
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    I shot a coworkers wedding with a Sony DSC-V1 P&S like two years ago :hsugh:

    Pictures turned out fine. They just had a few key shots they wanted and a lot of posed stuff that worked fine.

    I think they ended up paying me 300 bucks. Not bad for a P&S and being in college :dunno:
     
  9. jared_IRL

    jared_IRL OT Supporter

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    yeah... I'm not too sure about this...

    Wedding photographers: gimme some detailz. How much would you charge for a 'low end' thing...

    would I be undercutting someone else for taking this as a random amature?

    Do people like this care about the actual content, or would straight up shots of them getting married be enough?
     
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    why dont you show them an honest sample of your work/style.
    If they like it, the go ahead and do it.

    You should then be fine since you're shooting (mostly) within your comfort zone.

    Its not really about the gear, what you have should be ok for a simple & basic shoot. It's more about you.
     
  11. TtamNedlog

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    Just find one of tits' magnificent wedding threads on here. Copy his style and setups to the best of your ability. Then send him like 10% of your profits or something. ;)


    Seriously though, if I ever got asked to do a low end wedding I'd simply tell them the truth, which is this: "I'm not very confident in my photography skills yet. You can hire me at your own risk. I'll do it for cheap, say minimum wage-ish $6 an hour. What's a wedding usually, 2 hours? That's $12. If you actually LIKE some of the photos I take, you can pay for prints. Also something cheap, say a couple bucks a pop?"

    That way if they hated my crappy pics, I'd still have made some pocket change to go to dinner with, and I had fun and learned from shooting. If they actually liked my pics, there's a few bucks extra. :dunno:
     
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    hash browns lolcathlon champion OT Supporter

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    copy someone else's pics and pretend they're your own to get new clients
     
  13. jared_IRL

    jared_IRL OT Supporter

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    you got any wedding pics I can "see"?
     
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    A friend of ours is shooting our wedding, he went to school for photography though so he's not an amateur or anything. We wanted a really basic package most people spend $2000+ on a wedding, he's charging us $600 :) He said about 6 hours, 700-800 pics, and we get a dvd of the originals so we can print our own photos. I think his equipment is a 1D mkII, 17-40L, 70-200L, and something else I forget maybe a 50 1.4
     
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    if they know up front that you don't have experience shooting a wedding and such, go for it. since they're asking for you and such, just make them pay for your time as a minimum...just don't tell them what that is until they've made you an offer.
     
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    hash browns lolcathlon champion OT Supporter

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    quality > quantity :ugh:
     
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    darkjedi Muay Thai expert

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    scope out the place hours before hand
     
  18. mojito

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    no

    you don't just go shoot a wedding without knowing what the fuck you're doing. everyone loses. I'm sure you can get some decent stuff, but without mastering lighting, low light techniques, knowong where to be, how to pose people fast, what to look for etc, you're in a world of hurt
     
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    and doing a wedding without backup body and flash :nono:
     
  20. isaac86hatch

    isaac86hatch This thread sucks

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    Normally I would agree 100%, but if this is low on her priority list then it's her fault for not forking out the money to hire someone with experience. I say do it just for the practice and if you do well and like it then you can buy more equipment and learn more and continue down that path, but if you blow it, oh well, sucks to be her.
     
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    Get a contract written out for a set amount of money, that the shots are as-is, and they agree they understand you are an amatuer. If you are never going to see the people again, go for it. If you will, then rethink it if it's a disaster

    :dunno:
     
  22. mojito

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    thats the thing, everyone says that these days. yet in the end thats all they have. its up to a photographer to either strecht he budget or emphesize it so she doesn't pay 100 a plate or whatever else.

    no one walks in saying they want to pay 5k for wedding photos, its always a matter of upselling and emphesizing the importance
     
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    he is a retard.
     
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    Charge for however much stress its going to put on you.


    If they aren't expecting anything, and you have no stress- just a couple hundred bucks. If you think you can deliver, 1k+
     
  25. mojito

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    :werd:

    though I've done similar minus the full rez :o
    you gotta pay big $$$ for full rez as I don't know where they would be printed, not to mention know onw really needs them
     

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