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Aug 15, 2012 12:44 |  #16

I just love how some people say that the pictures just end up in a box and not looked at but every once in awhile. The dress is $6k, how often is that put on after the wedding. The reception is $10-15k, but how ofter do you get to use that again? What would the hotel say if you called them up 5 years later and say hey we paid $20k for a reception there in your main ballroom and we want to recreat it next month or tomorrow. Was that included in the original price?


  
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Aug 15, 2012 13:12 |  #17

ThreeGuysPhoto wrote in post #14862058 (external link)
I just don't see it, but this kind of thinking is what wedding photographers face. I've only shot one wedding and we probably will only do a few a year at most.

But, here is a picture taken by a guest and posted on facebook from the wedding I shot:
http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net …76006077029_597​6878_n.jpg (external link)

And here is a shot I took:
IMAGE NOT FOUND
HTTP response: 404 | MIME changed to 'text/html' | Byte size: ZERO


See the difference?

I have nothing against people taking a bunch of pictures at a wedding and posting them, but the quality is not going to be anything like a pro can do.



I don't see any difference.... Just kidding very nice shot! The difference between a pro and just a snap shot. And the difference in one to hang on the wall and the one in the box.


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Aug 15, 2012 13:13 |  #18

zerovision wrote in post #14862076 (external link)
I just love how some people say that the pictures just end up in a box and not looked at but every once in awhile. The dress is $6k, how often is that put on after the wedding. The reception is $10-15k, but how ofter do you get to use that again? What would the hotel say if you called them up 5 years later and say hey we paid $20k for a reception there in your main ballroom and we want to recreat it next month or tomorrow. Was that included in the original price?

Ace point. At the end of the day, the pictures (and the rings) are the only tangible things most folks keep for the rest of the marriage. Some women (my wife included) do keep the dress, but that's not as common.


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Aug 15, 2012 13:14 |  #19

Three Guys, i do see the difference and I'm not saying someone'se elph 100 is going to take the same photos as what you can deliver. However, a lot of people have decided that they do not need the types of shots you deliver. There are only so many one can place on a wall at the end of the day and the rest get placed in a safe location only seein the day of light once in a while.

When people look back at the photos or the wedding they'll think what beautiful dress they had on, who was there, the things said, or how they felt or went on the honeymoon after. They'll do this looking at snapshots taken by aunt mildred the same as if they look at your photos. To be honest, i'vbe heard a lot of people talk about their weddings and how well it went, the food they ate etc, but i've honestly never heard anyone talk about the guy taking the pics. Sure they will love the photos they get, but in the grand scheme there are far more memorable things that people will have in their minds. I'm not trying to diminish yours or anyone else's work. just saying it's low priority for a large number of folks out there.




  
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Aug 15, 2012 13:19 |  #20

brokensocial wrote in post #14862182 (external link)
Ace point. At the end of the day, the pictures (and the rings) are the only tangible things most folks keep for the rest of the marriage. Some women (my wife included) do keep the dress, but that's not as common.

yep, my wife has her dress after 23 years in hopes our daughter will wear it one day. Our daughter wants me to do the photos, but I don't know, she might just stick em in a box.


  
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Aug 15, 2012 13:31 |  #21

I wonder how many pictures will never even make it into the box. I bet in most cases.. files will get lost .. media will go corrupt or not readable.


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Aug 15, 2012 14:05 |  #22

Ok, I think it has been said - some people do not value photography, and some people do. I think this consists of beating a dead horse.

Back to the OP, what I would do is recommend they do an engagement session with the photographer. If you are really good friends for them or really dont want them to mess it up, do another engagement session yourself or pay a photographer in the area that you look up to and have them do a session. If the couple cannot see the difference or doesnt care about the value added, then they have made an informed choice. As said previously, some people just do not care, and that is perfectly fine.


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Aug 15, 2012 14:17 |  #23

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I wonder how many pictures will never even make it into the box. I bet in most cases.. files will get lost .. media will go corrupt or not readable.

Good reason to upsell album.


  
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Aug 15, 2012 15:18 |  #24

I wouldn't say anything. Take your gear and shoot some images. Call it good.


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Aug 19, 2012 14:47 |  #25

I know it is tempting to bring your camera and save the day by producing some great photos but I would let them make their decision. Like preciously posted, tell them to do an engagement session with the potential photographer and see how it goes.
Wedding photogs have to start somewhere. We have all been on a first wedding shoot. Without clients who are not that into the pictures and willing to take a chance none of us would have ever gotten that first gig.
Leave your camera and have a blast.


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Aug 20, 2012 13:56 |  #26

I don't know about the whole "pictures in a shoe box" thing. When I was growing up and my parents visited people, they all had a wedding album with plenty of pictures to show. My wife and I didn't have a wedding ceremony or reception (just went to city hall, lol) but if we did and had hired a photographer, we'd keep a nice wedding album full of formal and informals in the living room to show guests or go through it every now and then.

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I know it is tempting to bring your camera and save the day by producing some great photos but I would let them make their decision. Like preciously posted, tell them to do an engagement session with the potential photographer and see how it goes.
Wedding photogs have to start somewhere. We have all been on a first wedding shoot. Without clients who are not that into the pictures and willing to take a chance none of us would have ever gotten that first gig.
Leave your camera and have a blast.

Agree with Zagi. I think you are projecting your experience to your friends. I know you don't want your friends to go through what you went through and your heart is in the right place but at some point you have to let go. You already expressed your concern to them.

If I were you I'd follow Zagi's advice: leave the camera home and just be there to have fun celebrating with your newlywed friends.


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Aug 20, 2012 15:35 |  #27

zerovision wrote in post #14862436 (external link)
Good reason to upsell album.

EXACTLY


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