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Atl-Fotos
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Jun 06, 2007 11:16 |  #1

In a couple of weeks I am about the shot a wedding for a RELATIVE!!!!

I discounted the package price (I don't want to loose $$) and I have more concerns about this one than any of the others I have this year....

So I would like to know the good and bad of working for a relative....


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Jun 06, 2007 11:19 |  #2

If you do a word search for exactly what you are looking for, you'll find quite a few posts covering the topic. To summarize: AVOID IT! :)


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Jun 06, 2007 11:22 |  #3

I bailed out my brother in law when his photographer skipped town on him. I think that is the only situation that I would do a family members wedding. Too much on much line to to risk.


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Jun 06, 2007 11:37 |  #4

Depending on the relative (sister, niece, cousin, etc.) I probably would not charge. Again, depends on the relative and the closeness of relationship. However, I would have to agree with the other post, avoid it and do not do this. If you do charge, it's going to be too much or there will be issues forthcoming. Trust me, I've seen it too many times.


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Jun 06, 2007 11:42 |  #5

I shot my first solo wedding gig for my cousin, everything went relatively smooth until after wedding when they expected all sorts of prints for free!! I have another wedding later this year for another cousin, I actually charged them though, so I'm hoping thing will be a little more straight forward.


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Jun 06, 2007 12:18 |  #6

I wish I could pull out but the wedding is in two weeks and I can't do that to them. So I guess I should just be prepared for afterwards everyone wanting freebees....
I think I can handle that...
Tell them I erased the files and everything has be purchased through the internet... oops.....


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Jun 06, 2007 13:51 |  #7

The bad is, that IF you screw up OR they are not happy with the results YOU will have to see them at EVERY family event and be reminded of the "screw up"...LOL


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Jun 06, 2007 13:57 |  #8

As long as you iron out details beforehand it should be ok. I am shooting one of my closest cousin's wedding this year for free. No prints or albums included... those are extra because it costs me a good deal of cash...


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Jun 06, 2007 14:00 |  #9

Business + family = my brother-in-law not talking to my wife and I for the last 5 years.

Yeah, it's extreme and I would hope that it doesn't happen to anyone else out here. Just keep in mind that things can get ugly in a hurry. I agree with Lloyd, iron out everything. Set everyone's expectations and make sure everyone is on the same page.


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Jun 06, 2007 17:59 |  #10

If you have to shoot this wedding then do it as a professional, use an assistant who is not related.
Do your normal shots and organise the wedding as normal. If people do not respond because they know you then point this out to the bride and groom.
Tell the best man and users to organise the guests if people do not respond and most of all stay focused on the task in hand

Hope this helps


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Jun 07, 2007 08:49 |  #11

Thanks everyone I will take heed to your advice... Pray for me....


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