The Overpaid Wedding Photographer – Huh?
It's a new year and a chance to earn money while taking photos. You got into photography as most of us as an amateur, getting an enjoyment from using a camera somewhat higher than others who might have had pleasure from ball, dancing or painting, taking pictures of the high-speeds, or shooting craps or - who knows? studying at the school. It's not that you didn't take part in some of these other activities; however, taking photographs made a chord in youthat has been going strong throughout the years. Even holding a camera felt right and good: the heftier the camera the more comfortable. The sound of the shutter was like music. Receiving the items to the lab similar to Christmas. Nowadays, if you work digitally, the gratification of viewing an image immediately is wonderful. This combination of happiness and ability (it's plausible to suppose that you got better in photography the more you practiced it) will be even more enjoyable when you are paid by someone else to do what you enjoy. It could begin as little as two tickets to local productions in exchange for taking publicity photographs. Maybe a little fee for making portraits of people in your neighborhood. But if you keep it up for long enough as my wife Judy along with me - and do it for money or "commercial photography," can bring in a nice income. For the time being we should put aside the debate about how art is portrayed in photographs (it certainly is) and instead focus on photography as a marketable product. A commodity that you sell and offer on the market. In a market economy like one like ours affects the price that your products will fetch. Of course, there are other factors that can become relevant. (Whether you operate within an enclosed system, for example, where you're effectively, a monopoly.) Although, considering that this is practically unheard of when it comes to commercial photography the fact remains: if you can get a higher price for what you're selling, it's the correct price for your business. In reality, it's the right price, period. For more detail please visit:- Then, why is it then, that a mouthy fool from CBS MarketWatch recently pronounced wedding photography - one of the most widely used types of commercial photography in the present - as being among the "ten most overpaid jobs in the US"? "Photographers typically charge $2,000 to $5,000 to shoot a wedding, for what amounts to a one-day assignment plus processing time," MarketWatch personal editor of finance Chris Plummer said in a recent online article. "Yet many mope through the job, bumping guests in their way without apology, with the attitude: 'I'm just doing this for the money until Time or National Geographic calls.'" I read this angry screed with a growing volume of steam. Judy along with me have been professionally working for more than 20 years. At one point in our careers we had 50 weddings a year, in addition to all else commercial projects. Today, we do about half that number, still do lots of other commercial photography, and work on books. Weddings are just that work, and honestly I'm happy that our wedding load is lighter. It's funny that I never saw it as a one-day event to cash in quick bucks. However, Plummer had more to say. "They [wedding photographers] must cover equipment and film-development costs. Still, many in major metropolitan areas who shoot weddings each weekend in the May-to-October marrying season pull in $100,000 for six months' work." [Here, I'm reminded of my cousin Terry and a special ed. teacher from New Jersey. Oh what a joy it is to cut people down to size whenever they talk about how they would love to have two months off each summer. For the record: in terms of mental strain - looking after your kids all day long, preparing for school and other unnoticed and unpaid aspects of their task, elementary school teachers easily perform the equivalent of one year's work, if not significantly more, within the ten weeks that they are "in." They don't earn much more than they're worth.[] Concerning wedding photographers Let's review: Plummer maintains that we do not work hard (on weekends) during six months of the year, then most likely, we lounge with your "winnings," vacationing in warmer locales during the winter "non-marrying season" until May comes along and provides an opportunity to make money from another group of dewy-eyed suckers. And for all that, he says: "...[L]et's face it most that they create is poor. Have you ever been impressed by the pages of a wedding album presented to by recently married couples? Annie Leibovitz and Richard Avedon they're not, but certain artists charge fees as if they're both in the same league." Before I get into my arguments in disapproving of Chris Plummer, let me list the other nine "most overpaid" jobs on his list. To be clear, we were fortunate that wedding photographers made it to the bottom, ranked at number ten. In reverse order, and ending with the ones who were allegedly the highest paid, were the following nine. pilots for big airlines 8.West Coast longshoremen(7. airport skycaps. real estate agents who sell high-end homes, 5. motivational speakers and former politicians on the lecture circuit 4. Orthodontists, 3. CEOs of companies that are not performing, 2. cleaned-up athletes in long-term contracts, 1. mutual fund managers. I'm not qualified to speak with any detail or precision regarding these other nine fields (neither I'm thinking of it did Plummer however, it didn't stop him) therefore I'll let orthodontists and longshoremen speak for themselves. As a photographer who shoots weddings, I need to say a couple of things I want to add. Plummer is correct about wedding photography prices. The $2,000-$5,000 range is about correct. For the record our average wedding is between $3500 and $4000.It is possible to get a better price. Prices can be out of the norm for wedding photos "stars" like Dennis Reggie. However, pricing isn't the only thing that Plummer has right. Filming weddings is a single-day job? In your dreams, Chris. The thing he isn't taking into account (because I'm sure he has no idea the topic he's discussing) is that this kind of photography is a intimate, hands-on experience. Yes, like every industry, there will be sleazebags who will try to convince a bride an expensive wedding package that she may not really need but the majority of the people I have met in this field are journalist, part artist and psychologist. The basic preparations prior to the wedding can take hours. It starts with the initial meeting with the client to showcase your work. When you've got an interview, you literally could spend hours examining the final details as well as lists of group and formal photos which could involve a dose of group dynamics as well as inter-family tension. It's not even talking about site visits to places where you've never worked before or visits to a place to see how the light will play during a specific time of the year. A pro will do this

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