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Mar 31, 2014 00:25 |  #1

I've only done two weddings so far and on both of them I've had a woman tell me that I suck as a photographer. What gives!? Is there always that one in the crowd at every wedding??


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Mar 31, 2014 00:35 |  #2

Well, was she right? :eek::p

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Mar 31, 2014 00:44 |  #3

Scatterbrained wrote in post #16798383 (external link)
Well, was she right? :eek::p

;):lol:

LOL!! Not sure anymore... I was setting up my monolight for formals and I guess her party was hungry wanting me to hurry up, she yells it loud enough for me to hear ... It hurt but I calmly explained that I'd rather set things up once rather than rushing and setting things up two or three times... Anyway lesson learned though, leave the moonlight at home and do what u can with something more portable.


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Mar 31, 2014 00:46 |  #4

What exactly were you doing that resulted in the comments?

Did they actually see any of your images, or was it strictly from just observing you?

I've only shot one wedding solo, but I've assisted on a few more, and I've never heard anyone say that.

Edit: you replied while I was typing. Oops!


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Mar 31, 2014 00:58 |  #5

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LOL!! Not sure anymore... I was setting up my monolight for formals and I guess her party was hungry wanting me to hurry up, she yells it loud enough for me to hear ... It hurt but I calmly explained that I'd rather set things up once rather than rushing and setting things up two or three times... Anyway lesson learned though, leave the moonlight at home and do what u can with something more portable.

Meh, sounds like she was just an irritable hound of a woman to begin with.:evil:

For some people, anything that takes longer than an i-phone pic is just too inconvenient.


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Mar 31, 2014 04:26 |  #6

How much were you charging ?? Was it a sub-thousand dollar wedding ???

Sounds like you have some low-class clients.


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Mar 31, 2014 08:05 |  #7

In 80 weddings I've never had anything resembling this happen. This isn't a normal occurrence that should be expected.

Was the scheduling of the wedding in terms of the gap between ceremony and reception followed ? Was it a reasonable schedule ? How long did you take to set up ? Did you set expectations such that setup time wouldn't be a surprise ? Could you have had an assistant set up while you did something else ? What was the atmosphere like: were you jokey and talk-y or sweating it out focusing on setup ?

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I've only done two weddings so far and on both of them I've had a woman tell me that I suck as a photographer. What gives!? Is there always that one in the crowd at every wedding??



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Mar 31, 2014 08:07 |  #8

Poor people are generally unruly and lacking in class, it's true.

edit: I thought it was clear enough that I was using sarcasm to admonish the use of generalizations, but perhaps I should have added 'diabolical and murderous' to the list of adjectives ?

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How much were you charging ?? Was it a sub-thousand dollar wedding ???

Sounds like you have some low-class clients.



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Mar 31, 2014 08:33 |  #9

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How much were you charging ?? Was it a sub-thousand dollar wedding
Sounds like you have some low-class clients.

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Poor people are generally unruly and lacking in class, it's true.

That's a wide sweeping statement and I'd say highly untrue, and in fact the more people have money, the more they think the others who're getting paid for the work are doing the clients a favor!

Class and being courteous are two different things altogether :)


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Mar 31, 2014 08:35 |  #10

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That's a wide sweeping statement and I'd say highly untrue, and in fact the more people have money, the more they think the others who're getting paid for the work are doing the clients a favor!

Class and being courteous are two different things altogether :)

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Mar 31, 2014 08:55 |  #11

hayath wrote in post #16798798 (external link)
That's a wide sweeping statement and I'd say highly untrue, and in fact the more people have money, the more they think the others who're getting paid for the work are doing the clients a favor!

Class and being courteous are two different things altogether :)

Its a trend, not an absolute, bright-line rule.


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Mar 31, 2014 09:14 |  #12

That's precisely what I said.

hayath wrote in post #16798798 (external link)
That's a wide sweeping statement and I'd say highly untrue, and in fact the more people have money, the more they think the others who're getting paid for the work are doing the clients a favor!

Class and being courteous are two different things altogether :)



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Mar 31, 2014 09:17 as a reply to  @ RWatkins's post |  #13

The first episode was a snobbish lady who at the end of the reception left (escorted) in a drunken state murmuring "hey photographer.... Photographer"! 0.oThe second was this young lady with piercings out of her mouth and (wearing a black T-shirt)!? Yeah I concur, low class city.


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Mar 31, 2014 09:24 |  #14

the hungry one is explainable, but still not good.

People, no matter how many weddings they go to tend to forget that there generally is a large gap between ceremony and reception and an even further gap until the food starts. They get cranky. She was just hangry, rude, but hangry. The other one was drunk.

But the question is, were the clients pleased?


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Mar 31, 2014 09:26 |  #15

Just rude. I had an assignment to photograph a CEO, upon my arrival in a rude obnoxious way, he told me in no uncertain terms, I had 2-minutes to make the photograph because he was very busy. I said perhaps then we should reschedule at a better time, because I would not be able to do the photographs well or to what was expected of me in 2-minutes. He then said well, how long do you need and I said I can be out in 15 minutes, to which he agreed.


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