Yes, I need the money, I will suck it up.
Yes, I'm shooting with passion, this does not bother me.
Yes, this is easy money, just say "lai, look at the camera, 1! 2! 3! siao!"
Yes, and I will tell the customers to go and fly kite if asking too much.
No, money are too little to ask me lift my fingers.
No, I got my integrity, I only shoot what I like.
No, My works is art, it is not for sale.
No, I will get heat up easly when encourter customers too demanding.
I will still continue to shoot.
I have been doing this for a few years already, and I enjoy doing what I do. This enjoyment stems from shooting mostly for people I know, or those who have had personal referrals. I have invested a lot of time and money on equipment and courses to improve myself, so it's not just a short-term fancy. Through discussions and showing of portfolio to clients to set the right expectations, I am confident enough to say that I will receive no complaints. And so far, there has been none, be it from my own contacts, or from company clients.
But, I pace myself, because I am aware of burnout, so once in a while, I will have to reject jobs because I feel I also need time for myself sometimes.
I' referring to shoot a wedding assignment you get it thru a middle man (fellow photographer) from the bridalshop, or direct contact from bridalshop, which is the lowend package, you will get paid for about $200 for your service or $400 for service plus a 180 prints in album.
I'm asking you would you be still keen to get some assignment from them (the bridalshops), after knowing there are some customers can be than demanding, not even know they are actually paying so little for you service.
cos the photographer need to tell them how to offer prayer, how many joss stick to use, where to stand, how to place the dragon and phoenix candles, how to cover the veil, when to kiss the bride, how to serve tea, where to sit....etc.
the photographer are the director of the day.
If I were to get a photographer, I would get the best.
Price is not a problem. Quality is.
What ever it is, pls dun try it on weddings.
Eat breath LIVERPOOL!!!
I also do shoots that are contracted through companies, and yup, I don't get paid much at all. And I still do put in my best effort, but only while shooting only. No follow-up work. Just select images, burn to disc, full-stop. I am still confident that there'll be no complaints.
However, the only reason why I'm willing to do this is because this is one way for me to build portfolio and establish reputation. Without a brand-name, I'm just another fella is a sea of photographers. So I still do get something out of the arrangement. You scratch my back, I scratch yours.
But of course, this is only temporary. Will decide again in due course.
Furthermore, there would be no leverage for me as a photographer starting out. Once i strike out on my own and need to make ends meet, my entire referral base would be wiped out and I would need to start all over again.
I would rather be an independent photographer, start high and climb higher rather than starting low and trying to climb higher. It will take much less time and I would have to rebuild my client base less often. Rebuilding client bases is probably one of the hardest and most nail biting part of wedding photography.