"Gf's bro wanted my free service."
If your service is free, then what is the problem?
always the Light, .... always.
Pay peanut get monkey. You shall teach him a lesson. A wedding held in Malaysia? Easy then. Follow my step and maybe you can even enjoy his dinner
Discharge your battery till it can last for say 100 shots.
Do not include the charger in your luaggage.
Just grap a pns camera and shoot. He will still consider you as a pro so eventually will still let you shoot for him.
He still get his pictures end of the day but pns quality.
money aside, gf aside, other future potential relations aside, here's why you should NOT shoot this particular wedding.
you (more or less) hate the fella.... (sorree i can use less harsh words, but for the sake of this argument i just use this word ok, dun mind!! ahhaha)
can u imagine getting a photog that hates you to shoot ur wedding? man.. that's absurd. there is not only no connection, but the WRONG connection between subject and photographer.
ur images are going to SUCK. trust me on this.
so watever u do, lie, excuse, outright truth, lose potential wife blah blah, do NOT shoot this wedding. unless of course, u really wanna sabo him.
ok sorry for the over-exergerration...
Firstly, I suggest that you be honest to yourself and decide if you want to cover this AD paid or not.
If you are just concerned about payment, then I suggest that you forget it and look at the bigger picture. Take on the shoot, but make sure that the couple SIGN a triplicate disclaimer that 1) you would not be held responsible should your equipment fails during the shoot, 2) you would also not be held responsible if the pics does not turn out the way it's expected and this is portfolio building shoot only. This gives you lee way on experimenting and build your style. 3) Their pics may be floated on the net like CS forums for critiques, comments and improvements.
If they make noise for clause 1, ask them to pay for a backup setup. clause 2, tell the to hire a non-portfolio building pro. clause 3, tell them to buy over the copyright of the pics ($10 each photo)
If you shoot, please do so professionally... like it or not you still need to deliver to the best of your ability, paid or not.
If you don't wan to shoot then just tell everyone it's so... even if they offer to pay you, your position shouldn't change.
Loan out your camera on that day and go back to the days of film. Buy 2 of the cheap disposable cameras from the film processing labs. Put them directly under the hot sun for couple of days to kill the negs and use them to cover the wedding.
Strange why everyone wants the threadstarter to screw up the shoot... Why not just tell him not to take the shoot. I can just imagine all hell breaking loose when his gf brother finds out that the photos are all crap. I dont think his gf is going to be smiling.....
I thought and told TS should simply not do the shoot ... screwing the shoot up, not worthi it, too much headache jsut to pull it off nicely