THere is a lot of hype and discussion over how much should a wedding photographer charge and/or how much should a wedding couple pay for photography services.
Since there is a large base of photographers in Clubsnap (DUH!), and everyone is from different background and of varying calibre, how about setting up a Wedding Photographers Board to determine the quality of the photographer in terms of whether he/she is amateur, semi-pro or pro?
By 'grading' the photographer, the Board can also tag on (fairly) how much the photographer is worth. This will provide fairness to all, and will let couples know what they'll expect to get for the amount they're willing to fork out.
I'm sure the market out there is big enough to have couples who are willing to pay a substantial amount. These couples can look up for semi-pro/pro photogs out there at a certain price (say in excess of $1000).
For those couples who are willing to pay only $300 for 10 rolls, then there's the appropriate category of photogs - the amateurs.
IMHO, this is a win-win situation. Pros will not get short-changed by the amateur competition, while amateurs will not be short-changed by couples who demand the world of them. In fact, with this Board, photographers will be somewhat protected of their rights and for some, their livelihood.
Perhaps the Board may consist of moderators or an invited few to judge/rate the quality of those interested in joining the Board. And perhaps a special wedding gallery can be included in Clubsnap for portfolios and personal statements. This one-stop gallery can be made available to all couples maybe through HerWorld, Brides, etc? And to further protect the serious wedding photographers from unscrupulous amateur P&S 'photogs', serious guidelines could be drawn up for them to meet the criteria, and maybe a token membership fee?
What do you all think?