I have high quality equipment.
I have fast, high-quality lenses.
I do not use the little pop-up flash on my cameras. I have real flashes.
My flash cost more than most cameras.
I have almost 30 years of experience.
I do this job because I love it. Not because it's my second, part-time job.
My tripod cost more than most cameras.
My camera case cost more than most cameras.
I have high power computers with state of the art software.
I go out to photograph an event with $8,000-$10,000 worth of equipment.
This is how I make my living.
I have insurance.
I pay taxes.
I am licensed by the state.
I have a studio that we can meet in.
I have back-up equipment.
I have samples from dozens of wedding for you to see.
I can produce a professional album for you.
I know how to use the controls on my camera and not just program.
I am an innovator, not a follower.
I believe my work has value and I refuse to accept less!!
Sorry for this little rant, but I am tired of being compared to others with low quality gear and no experience and no overhead calling themselves the same professional quality as me!
Would you want your surgeon to take out a Swiss Army Knife to do your operation?
Would you like your mechanic to use duct tape and baling wire to repair your car?
Life in my world is always competing with someone that "has a passion" or "has an eye" for photography. It doesn't matter if they can actually operate a camera properly or if the can properly handle the files after the event.
When they under value their work, they under value all of our work.
Do you want an album or collection of properly exposed and expertly post-processed images or do you want to pay a ridiculous low-ball price for a DVD full of unprocessed files.
Most of these people are just learning. Do you want them to practice on you?
Once again....Sorry for the rant, but every once in a while I need to get this stuff off my chest. I have spent the last nearly 30 years becoming expert at my craft. While I do not mean to say that someone working from their home or not in the business for many years can not do a good job. It's just like the old adage "If it seems too good to be true....."
I don't want you to call me later with a disk of images asking "Can you help me"
It's too late then.....
Thanks for reading. Back to my normal stuff next week!