Monday, February 21, 2011

YSAK 342: Sticking it to the wanna-be photographers

I'm pretty sure this is a satire.

Pro Photographer for hire!!! :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

Hi there! My name is Samantha and I've just got a brand new camera for Christmas but haven't even taken it out of the box. I really want to get into the wedding photography business because I see so many people in Alberta are getting married and it looks like easy money. I can't guarantee that even one photo will turn out looking good but I sure will try. Some pictures will be used for my portfolio and my future website. I start booking appointments this week! I am now booking for Spring and Summer of 2011.

I specialize in all types of Lifestyle photography including:

Weddings – You'll have to pay $15 for gas money outside of Calgary.







My style is classy, elegant and artistic. I would be honored to be part of your special occasion or photography needs considering I have no professional experience. I would love to capture those beautiful moments for you and your family.

I have so much passion for being a pro wedding photographer! All my friends and family tell me I take great pictures at all our outings and picnics. I'm putting together a web site of all the flower pictures and sunsets I've taken so you can see how good I am. I even have a few pics of my pet dog which turned out really great!

But I don't have a business license, liability insurance, flashes, extra batteries, or even more than a kit lens that came in the box. If something goes wrong, you're out of luck. To keep things cheap for you, I won't even back up any of your images. Less cost for me means less cost for you. Just passing the savings on. I expect to be paid in cash or personal check because I don't plan on claiming this income on my taxes.

I know many fun and beautiful locations. I really care about making brides look beautiful! I add glow and selective color to all of my images, giving them the best look possible. No need to hassle with computer programs.

Bridals and Engagements are only $100. Please trust me to do your wedding. I'll do it cheap just to build up my portfolio. I will only charge you $250 for your entire wedding day. This is a deal. My camera cost me $700 brand new. All sessions include a Hi Resolution CD with FULL copy right release included, which means you get to print your pictures at Wal-Mart! Here's the BEST Part! I offer 100% guarantee on ALL my sessions! Don't pay a cent until you are 100% happy with your pictures!

I own a camera therefore I can take photos like the pros, who charge alot more. Most brides in Canada on average spend $2,500 on professional wedding photography. Since I have no experience I'll only be charging $250 (90% off regular wedding photography prices) to shoot full day wedding coverage.

Think about it: Pros charge alot of money because they have alot of expenses. I don't.

Pros have:

-a business license

- multiple cameras

-thousands of dollars in lenses and flashes

-hard drives to back up the images



-people skills

-color calibrated monitors

-professional print labs

-professional albums

-real advertising/ not kijiji

I have none of this stuff so we'll keep it cheap, just for you!

E-mail me if you want to set an appointment or if you have any questions, I will gladly respond.

1 Responses to “YSAK 342: Sticking it to the wanna-be photographers”

Kirsten said...
February 22, 2011 at 10:16 AM

Speaking as a professional photographer and someone who works in the photography industry that sums up everything the real professionals hate about these "professionals" or amateurs who get a camera and think they can make a quick buck. I get to see the best and worst of the photographers and there is usually no comparison from the $500 wedding shoot to the $1000-$3000 wedding shoots. I have seen numerous ads on kijiji for people who found a photographer on kijiji or other source and paid under $500 asking for someone to reshoot their wedding formals or photoshop them so they look good. I work in a dying profession because everything thinks they can take a good photograph but doesn't want to pay for quality. It comes down to you get what you pay for. There is a reason the professionals charge the prices they do.

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