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Friday, June 16, 2006
You really do get what you pay for...
So, today I was looking at other local photographer's sites to get inspired! (something I do alot!) and came across one that on first glance thought was nice, I opened it up and went through the site! There were only about a half dozen photo's, but they were great shot's! I read the bio, and then went to the pricing page! OUCH, this person was charging less than half of what I charge, OMG! So I freaked out a little, and then went back to gallery; there was a little button that said ( to see more of my work) and I clicked on it. It brought me to a page with about 50 shots on it, so I ran the slideshow to see all. There was not one more picture in the whole slideshow that was even close to being acceptable! The majority of them were out of focus, and even worse they had cut off limb's, there were trees coming out of subjects heads, some were under exposed. Enough ranting, It brings me to my point, in Photography, like in everything else in life, you get what you pay for! Yes, there were a few great shots on the site, (but even uncle Joe gets lucky sometimes!!) If you are looking for consistently great shots you need to hire a professional, it may cost more, but in the long run is soooo worth it! My advise? Figure out what you can afford, generally people spend about 10% of total wedding cost's on photography. When searching for a photographer, make sure that their work is consistent, not all shots are going to be award worthy!!, but they should be exposed correctly and framed properly! i.e. no branches coming out of heads, etc. Look at all of the photographers in your price range, and figure out what style you like, whether it's photojournalistic or traditional etc. and than make an informed decision, There are a lot of great photographers available! Once you find that perfect match, secure the date with the downpayment and contract, and remember, until you have signed and payed, your photographer is free to fill the dates.