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I need some advice on what to do about my wedding photographs.

 
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Oct 27, 2011 22:02 |  #46

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Wow, I feel sorry for you. I think you paid way too much for this photographer. I shoot weddings as well and I'm 21 years old. I will be shooting a wedding this weekend for only $800. Price includes angagement shoot also with an engagement design. Is that too cheap? By no means i am an amateur since i have experience shooting. I mean I will definitely provide a client with fully edited 1300-1500 pictures using Lightroom 3 (I also just recently bought RPG LR speed keys for effective and efficient post processing.) This is my 6th wedding I am shooting. I use a 5dmkii, 14mm 2.8, 24-70L, 135L, 70-200 f2.8 non IS, two 580exii's on lightstands using 3 cactus v5 wireless transceivers/receivers​. And my assistant shoots with a 60D and an 85mm 1.8. At night, we use the the umbrella and backlightning for artistic shoots. What do you think I should charge?

Who knows. Let's see some samples. Hopefully they are better than your spelling ;)


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Oct 27, 2011 22:20 |  #47
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Numenorean wrote in post #13318267 (external link)
Who knows. Let's see some samples. Hopefully they are better than your spelling ;)

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Oct 27, 2011 22:23 |  #48

iluxa007 wrote in post #13318075 (external link)
Wow, I feel sorry for you. I think you paid way too much for this photographer. I shoot weddings as well and I'm 21 years old. I will be shooting a wedding this weekend for only $800. Price includes angagement shoot also with an engagement design. Is that too cheap? By no means i am an amateur since i have experience shooting. I mean I will definitely provide a client with fully edited 1300-1500 pictures using Lightroom 3 (I also just recently bought RPG LR speed keys for effective and efficient post processing.) This is my 6th wedding I am shooting. I use a 5dmkii, 14mm 2.8, 24-70L, 135L, 70-200 f2.8 non IS, two 580exii's on lightstands using 3 cactus v5 wireless transceivers/receivers​. And my assistant shoots with a 60D and an 85mm 1.8. At night, we use the the umbrella and backlightning for artistic shoots. What do you think I should charge?

For your current level of experience $800 is probably just fine. Maybe too much depending on your competency level. Depends on your work, how about a link and a new thread so you can get some responses.
Edit... You posted samples while I was replying. Those look nice. You should still start a new thread.


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Oct 27, 2011 22:28 |  #49

So is your left arm shorter than your right? Too many shots are tilted.

But I digress. Not a bad start. Keep practicing and raise your rates when you get better.


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Oct 27, 2011 22:28 |  #50

You're only showing 8 images. Let's see the other 800 you tossed. Because apparently OP expects them all to be epic and you're trying to reinforce the notion.


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Oct 27, 2011 22:30 |  #51
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zagiace wrote in post #13318386 (external link)
For your current level of experience $800 is probably just fine. Maybe too much depending on your competency level. Depends on your work, how about a link and a new thread so you can get some responses.
Edit... You posted samples while I was replying. Those look nice. You should still start a new thread.

Ok I will, Thanks. I'm new to this forum :P anyway, I still haven't set my price range. That's why I'm asking..


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Oct 27, 2011 22:38 |  #52

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Maybe I will just write the photographer a simple e-mail letting him know how we feel.

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Best approach right there. I also think you over paid for this guy but sometimes you roll the dice and take your chances.

I would like to see this guys website or blog to see what kind of shots he supposedly provides his clients but I also understand that it's not cool to post links to others websites, especially for the purpose of bashing someone.


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Oct 27, 2011 22:41 |  #53

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Best approach right there. I also think you over paid for this guy but sometimes you roll the dice and take your chances.

I would like to see this guys website or blog to see what kind of shots he supposedly provides his clients but I also understand that it's not cool to post links to others websites, especially for the purpose of bashing someone.

I hate to judge on whether OP overpaid because we're not seeing everything. OP is obviously going to select images that he believes do well to reinforce his points.

Even if we see a blog, we're going to see the best stuff and OP may be holding the best from his own wedding back whether he realizes it or not. He may be overwhelmed with duds and because of that can't see the gems.


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Oct 27, 2011 22:51 |  #54

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I hate to judge on whether OP overpaid because we're not seeing everything. OP is obviously going to select images that he believes do well to reinforce his points.

Even if we see a blog, we're going to see the best stuff and OP may be holding the best from his own wedding back whether he realizes it or not. He may be overwhelmed with duds and because of that can't see the gems.

+1 I can't see judging the competence of the photographer from just these shots. Just as I tell my clients, you really need to see a number of whole weddings.


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Oct 27, 2011 22:52 |  #55

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I hate to judge on whether OP overpaid because we're not seeing everything. OP is obviously going to select images that he believes do well to reinforce his points.

Even if we see a blog, we're going to see the best stuff and OP may be holding the best from his own wedding back whether he realizes it or not. He may be overwhelmed with duds and because of that can't see the gems.

You are right that we are not seeing everything but the OP posted up a few shots that were "ok". We may not be seeing the best from the day but the shots that I did see told me that the photographer did not do anything special with lighting or composition. In fact, I was not impressed at all. His lack of lighting on the reception shot that was posted pretty much tells the story of his skill set.


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Oct 27, 2011 22:57 |  #56

You're charging about right based on that. Increase your prices when you get better.


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Oct 27, 2011 22:59 |  #57

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You're charging about right based on that. Increase your prices when you get better.

The shots are okay, but stop tilting the camera...


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Oct 27, 2011 23:10 |  #58

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You are right that we are not seeing everything but the OP posted up a few shots that were "ok". We may not be seeing the best from the day but the shots that I did see told me that the photographer did not do anything special with lighting or composition. In fact, I was not impressed at all. His lack of lighting on the reception shot that was posted pretty much tells the story of his skill set.

I think the only story told so far by the images posted is the photographer culls lightly at best.


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Oct 28, 2011 00:22 |  #59

As competitive as wedding photography is in So Cal. I'm sure you could have done better for what you had in your budget, but that being said, I've seen people pay a lot more for really, really crappy photography. And, yeah, some of those like the shoes shot, etc. could be been culled out, but maybe the photographer thought it represented something important enough to leave in. I would hope that they key images of the ceremony, and of you and your new wife, are solid. I can forgive throw-away shots that stay in, but I can't forgive messing up the key shots.


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Oct 28, 2011 01:59 |  #60

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I can forgive throw-away shots that stay in, but I can't forgive messing up the key shots.

And who made you the god of all things wedding photographic? :rolleyes:


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