Austin.P wrote in post #14396844
I like all of those above the best, I have a feeling they will be nit picked here, but oh well.
Hey, it's cool to see someone going after this while still in high school... as far as your images, just a couple of things that I see that I know I dealt with in the beginning. The first thing I noticed was some pretty shallow dof (and, I know, in some shots it's part of the picture), maybe a bit too shallow where the subject's torso was in focus but the face seemed to be just a tad out of focus (could also be the compression and decreased size). I'd suggest working with an off-camera flash. Looks like you're using the wide end of the aperture of your lens to compensate for not having a flash. [IMAGE'S LINK: http://www.flickr.com ...gicusaeturnus/4966549618/]
My first wedding was an outdoor wedding, very small, and basically a friend who would have otherwise been passing out disposables to family members and collecting pics later on. I used a 40D with a 70-200/2.8 and an XSi with a 50mm f/1.4 (don't be bashing my XSi, haha, it was a good little camera!) I used my until-then unused 580EXII on camera for the group shots to keep from getting the raccoon-eyes from the harsh sun. I got some great shots, but not nearly what I thought I would because this was not the subject matter I was used to shooting. Everything prior to that was nature or still compositions that I did not have to direct or try to anticipate it's moves. I did it for free and helped them ordering prints as well... they were very happy with the pics and the prints, but looking back, I would have felt bad charging them. They knew going in I was pretty much doing it for them and for the practice/experience. Here's one of the shots...
My most recent wedding, I felt pretty confident that since I was walking in with a 5D MkII and a 40D with the 70-200/2.8, 50/1.4, and the 17-50/2.8 VC, I would have no problems. Luckily, I was able to go scope out the venue the night before at the wedding rehearsal. They let me shoot it just like I would the wedding. And it was the luckiest thing that could have happened to me.... there's no way I could have pulled off anything without a flash. Having not really used the flash before that, I did the crash-course on using flash over the next 20 hours to be prepared, and I'm glad I did. Again, this was a close friend, and I charged $250. [IMAGE'S LINK: http://www.flickr.com ...gicusaeturnus/7038163513/]
More of a "friendly" price rather than because I didn't think my time was worth more. This was a much bigger wedding, and the shots came out great. I learned, though, about the "friendly" price trap .... the bride's mom loved the photos, and had just paid close to $3k on her other daughter's wedding photographer, so, of course, she's recommending me to everyone she knows.... holy back-peddling, batman! I had to very nicely followup with her to let her know that I'd shot their wedding for the "friendly" price, so I would charge "regular" prices for anyone else. Touchy situation I don't want to deal with again. But, I got another wedding gig because of it already lined up, and this one's billing at $750, plus prints. I'm no pro (though I'm licensed and insured - some places/churches won't let you shoot there unless you're insured), and I'm not yet worth $2000-$3000 (at least I really don't think so), and it's certainly not a knock or an attempt to "steal" business from those who do charge that much. My portfolio only has a handful of weddings and portraits, so... anyway, charge what you think you are worth and provide the quality you charge for. Don't charge what you think others think your work is worth. Otherwise, you'll never want to charge more than $200 for a wedding shoot. Good Luck and keep at it!
Keep in mind too, wedding season is dying down as well; I know people get married all throughout the year, but early spring and October-ish are usually busier "seasons", I think. Could just be what I've noticed, though.