there has been a lot covered here already and i think two things when i see any kind of free - giveaway - $1 - wedding photography.
#1 - quality! check out the quality of the photography. technically is it solid? how are the "poses"? are they cheesy? do the couples look natural? is this wedding photography you would be comfortable with on your wedding day? is the coverage complete. ask to see an ENTIRE wedding! not just a best ofs
#2 - make sure whats included and what the after costs are. get a contract. read it. find out delivery times. etc... all common sense stuff. do be wary of too good to be true offers. you gals are smart!
now this goes for any promo like this - whether promoted here or elsewhere. theres nothing wrong with giving a wedding away or doing it for travel only or for a $1 prints. no photographer can make a living that way though! so most are just doing it to really get the ball rolling on their destination wedding market. a lot will determine that DWs are a lot of extra work and stress they dont need or want and burn out quickly. some will love it and rock the DW world with their amazing work
i got really lucky and did my first destination wedding in the bahamas on a date i had already planned to be there! so for that one i didnt charge travel but my regular photography rates. there are still a few places id like to add to my portfolio that i would offer a promotion - the rock house in negril - any place in greece - harbour island, bahamas and italy.
as photographers we want everyone to have amazing wedding photography! and we are a little protective of the members here! it breaks my heart everytime i hear someone say - i dont love my wedding pictures. in fact, i just met with a couple yesterday and the bride brought her sister who was terribly disappointed with her own wedding photography. and you know what. if i shoot that wedding you know i will do my best to get some photos of the brides sister and her hubby that they will cherish.
ok ive said enough. i really appreciate that this forum allows us to be here. it has been such a pleasure to be cyber-involved in your wedding planning and to share my own wedding and photography with everyone! its been a blast working with the handful of you that i have already and cant wait for the upcoming weddings of ann, rebecca, elizabeth and (looks like too) katie! oh my i hope i didnt forget anyone! im sure you will let me know if i did. im not downstairs in front of the calendar - haha! but i will be there, i promise
and ann your wedding is in JUNE!!! i know that!