drvnbysound wrote in post #16082509
Heh, I dropped my car off for a new paint job last Thursday, which I am paying about the price of a 5D MKIII for... and I will probably be picking up a Porter Cable dual action polisher in the near future
My 5D mkIII cost me more than I paid for my whole car (a 10 year old Korean hatchback). Add in the rest of my gear and I have a camera & lens outfit that cost me several times what the car cost. I don't have a polisher (not even an old T-shirt), heck I have had the car 8 months now and it hasn't even been washed yet.
My friends think I am nuts, when I bought the 300 f/2.8L IS and they asked how much it cost, the comment was "How much?? You could have bought a decent car for that". Next time one of them changed their car and bought a used Merc SLK, my comment was "How much?? You could have bought a decent camera for that".
People place different values on things. I can afford a better car, but only by sacrificing camera gear, my friend with the Merc can afford a DSLR outfit instead of using his phone for all his photos, but wants a nice car instead. When somebody states they can't "afford" a better photographer it doesn't mean that their income won't cover a better photographer, just that they don't see photography as such an important aspect of their lives they are prepared to give up something else, that is more important to them, to get high quality shots. They have a budget that they are prepared to allocate to capturing memories, and that is what they "can afford". Shots such as those of the babies (linked to in the OP) are more than sufficient for somebody who just wants something as a memory, they are well above camera phone snaps in quality and the photographer is asking for a fee that won't mean they have to skimp on other things.
Such people have a right to decide for themselves the budget they want to spend, and the quality they are happy to accept in return. For those amongst us who can turn out better work, then these people are NOT your potential clients and these photographers are not your competition. You are looking for clients who value high quality results and are happy to pay for them.
In short, Mercedes doesn't worry about competition from Kia. Their customers are mutually exclusive, A Merc buyer would never want to buy a Kia, and somebody who's budget dictates a Kia, is surely not going to buy a Merc.