Want Cheap Wedding Photography?

September 28, 2011  •  Leave a Comment
As I'm sure you'll appreciate it is indeed tough time for many businesses and especially wedding photographers. The market is getting clogged with 'not great' quality photographers all under-cutting each other and leaving many couples with rather shoddy end results. As well as businesses going under there are more and more people setting up photography businesses on the back of the low cost of what people believe to be 'professional' camera gear.

I constantly get people requesting work experience. Surprisingly it is mainly people requesting payment too! This surprises me as there is such a obvious work flow for photography that is would be very easy to emulate styles and techniques and therefore working with a good photographer is an great way to learn. That is why so many photographers offer lessons.
 
I wouldn't consider paying anyone to assist me at a wedding or a commercial job as there are so many people willing to do it for free. I would not allow myself to not pay anyone for their time so I simply work alone.

Before I became freelance I never really thought about the value of (especially) wedding photography. You just kinda assume that the good people get the work and the poor ones don't but as you learn more you realise that a lots of frankly crap photographers are busy because they are cheap. So are the public happy with the results they receive from these suppliers? I suppose if you have no experience of wedding photography how would you benchmark your own wedding pictograph?

 As in all business it is ultimately a Darwinian survival of the fittest which at least is simple and reassuring.

I do have to laugh at some of the member work from so called 'professional' bodies such as the MPA and the BIPP. They seem to hand out regional awards like sweeties for often questionable shots. I suppose you need to get something back for you £150 per year membership. Waste of money?

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