glumpy wrote in post #15477121
Have a relative be your 2nd shooter because you need one anyway?
Wow, That sounds mighty professional.
Going to look even more professional if that relative turns out to be 75 Yo Aunt mavis or 80 yo uncle Bob.
In any event, it's going to make people wonder WFT the B&G hired you.
Which I'm wondering myself?
I'd be laughing my arse off at this if that wasn't such a worry.
What about the rest of the family, You good with them all shooting over you shoulder as well?
No wonder real Professional photographers are struggling to convince the public of their worth and people are getting friends to shoot for them. When so called professionals are Condoning and undermining the profession like this, is it any wonder people are doing like the OP's friend did or going to wartmart??
I wonder who the next couple in the family or group of friends are going to ask to shoot their wedding, you or the relative?
No prizes for guessing that correct answer to that give away question!
Thanks Glumpy I knew I could count on you.... I was kind kind of waiting for it. Actually my brides sister is a art major at the RSDI (Rhode island school of design) I believe she is going there for media studies. Doesn't mean she knows anything about photography but its a good start.
The bride hired me because she because she saw my work published in a magazine and she contacted me through the publisher. I am sure if she was looking for a cheap 5x7 head shot she would have called you.
One of my clients requests was that her relative assist me with the wedding. Would a "real professional photographer" say "hell no, its undermining my profession, I wont stand for it!" Or would you take the job and make it work? Maybe that is why the real pros are struggling?
Honestly, I dont really care if my bride and grooms friends contact me for their future wedding. I only have so many weekends that I can work. I do a handful of weddings a year and that's it.
There is always going to be someone cheaper than you (well, maybe not cheaper than you Glumpy) But anyway.....If your losing customers to Wallmart than you dont really want those clients anyway.