| Originally Posted by SunBride |
But if the bride is happy with her photos then that's all that matters! No offense, but it bugs me when photographers put eachother down like that. There is a market out there for everyone - let the brides who can't tell the difference and are on a tight budget be happy with their photos. Some people will know the difference, and they are willing to pay more. Others don't know the difference and are happy with lower quality photos and there is nothing wrong with that. I think it's great that there are such a range of quality and price out there to suit any bride's needs.
I can't speak for the other photographers on here, but I agree that there are markets and price-points out there for many different skill levels. Every bride is NOT looking to spend thousands on wedding photography, and every photographer isn't Yervant. I actually spend a significant portion of my time mentoring young photographers in the "budget" end of the spectrum, trying to help them with their technique and their business practices: believe me I don't "have it in" for the up-and-comer.
However, just because a photographer isn't charging an arm-and-a-leg does not obviate him/her from being a responsible business person. In my previous post, I didn't denigrate inexperienced or less "fancy" photographers on the basis of their art, but I did suggest that its unacceptable for a small "business" to evade taxes, shirk insurance responsibilities, and most of all to contract to chronicle one of the most important days of a person's life without adequate backup to ensure that the job will actually get done. This is especially true given the amazingly inexpensive prices that quality used DSLRs and equipment can command on the 'net. There's really no excuse for a photographer to bring one camera to a wedding, but surprisingly, many do.
I suppose that what I'm trying to say is that its totally reasonable for a bride on a budget, or a bride for whom photography is not a paramount priority to seek out a less expensive photographer. However, ANY bride contracting significant money to ensure that her day is photographed professionally deserves to know in advance what quality she can expect, and deserves the piece of mind of knowing that her professional photographer has made reasonable preparations for untoward contingencies. These issues of personal & professional responsibility are even more crucial for the destination wedding customer to assess, as the couple may be making their selection at-a-distance with someone that they might not meet until their wedding or just prior.