by: admin 2016-02-15 0 Lifestyle
A few days ago I read an article on the above topic by Zack Arias, and I thought within me that I share the same point of sentiment with the writer.
Whenever we photographers stumble upon an advertisement online that says N100, 000 wedding photography, we get angry. Really! Why are "amateur photographers" claiming to be professional when they are not, they are as well, bringing down the value of wedding picture taking in general, right? How can we "real" professionals ask for thousands of Naira when there are others doing it for nearly zero? These are fair assumptions; Like Zack said ‘amateur wedding photographers in coat have made the industry better’. Many will wonder how.
In the real sense they are not your competitors, I also don’t think shooting a wedding for N100, 000 is a bad thing. We all have to start somewhere, right? Most brides spend about 20% of their wedding budget on a photographer. For a wedding that the whole budget is N300, 000 total. N100, 000 for a wedding photographer was actually going over budget in this instance. There is no amount of sweet talk that can change the mind of such couple into hiring a professional, because they just can’t afford it. It shows that the “amateur photographer” didn’t take away a job from the pro that would have charged at least N300, 000 to do the same job, although with better result; the couple simply could have never afforded them.
At the end of the day the “Amateur Photography” will never deliver a job that is up to standard, because in the real sense Photography is expensive.
Every professional should always bear in mind that, if there are no amateur photographers and their horrible event messed up stories professionals will not be well appreciated. Every future couple should also remember this saying "don't hold back on your wedding photography, it's the only thing that you will have to remember your wedding”. A good photographer is expensive, compromise on other purchase but get the best in photography.
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