Upload & Sell: Off
| p.1 #2 · Getting family photos (yourself in it as well)? |
I'm sure everyone has the same problem...You're never in any picture.
Yes, that's the way I like it!
The problem I'm sure many of us have is...We don't want to pay a crazy amount of money because we think we can do it ourselves. I spent a lot of money on good gear, I don't want to pay for a shoot.
I can build a house all by myself...it'll probably take me 20 years though! Just because I CAN do something doesn't mean it's not more convenient to have someone else do it...possibly with even better results.
But the thought was, even if it was cheap, you call yourself a photographer selling photo sessions, so you should have some expertise with an outdoor shoot.
Just because someone says or markets themselves as an 'expert', doesn't mean that they are. This is not just limited to photography/photographers, this would be true of ANY business. Also...by my experience, whether a service is "cheap" or not rarely has any bearing on the actual quality. I've seen many services offered at premium costs but with less-than stellar results (and visa-versa as well). Research into the service provider & references are a far better way of determining quality results. Besides, EVERYONE with a camera advertises themselves as a 'professional photographer'.
Anyway, long story short...
So what I'm wondering is for those that have the same situation/feelings as me...
1. How do you get yourself into your own family photos (my kid is 2, it's hard for me to be the photographer)
I rarely attempt to do so except for those 'FaceBook' type grab-shots. In fact, some of those shots are very amusing in their own way!
2. Since you have your own gear, have you paid for a photoshoot from another photographer and how much did you spend?
Sure, we've done that a few times (though I've also done the wireless remote set-ups as well). I look at it like this...if I were a doctor, I might prescribe some medication for myself, but I wouldn't perform surgery on myself! I'd get someone else for that!
3. Is it wrong to be so critical of the other photographer?
No, it's not wrong for you to be critical BUT, did you spell out your requirements & expectations in detail? If you purchased a used $3k economy car, you have the right to be upset that it does not look, feel, or function like a new luxury sports car...you have that right...but you would also be unreasonable in your expectations. Reasonable expectations have to match the product or service level you are purchasing. Since you did not spell out your criteria to the photographer and it does not appear that the photographer did not spell out anything either beyond being "cheap", then I'd say you got exactly (no more, no less) than what was advertised & paid for.