When i was a kid i always thought that photography is more than a passion, a job that i regard as highly prestige cause what you are capturing, are moments that time can never return you. That's why it's call capturing the image. I never believe a smile can be the same for the reasons that lead to these smiles and moments are different and as time washes away our age.. memories do fade but ultimately with a photo, it helps to recall back our memories that are once forgotten and left deep inside our brain. Rather like a key to our memories i would say.
But now a days DSLR are so affordable, and there are so many people that are into photography. Which suppose to be a good thing, but soon they come into this line whereby they call themselves a photographer, wedding photographer, but because of their experience and equipments but because they think they have a DSLR and are qualify as one. I know at some point of time, someone has to start from somewhere.. but i thought aren't we suppose to understudy someone's work, skills and ways of shooting before moving into this line? Someone approached you with a D80 and 18-135mm lens and tells you i'll charged u 160bucks for your wedding. Would you risk your once in a life time moment at 160bucks?
No offense but i do know budget is an area of consider as well, but it's a once in a life time thing. Isn't it worth saving up one more month of pay for the best? Just my 2 cent worth of thoughts.
I was once told by many and i believe a lot of you have hear this countless time before me. " Photography is not going to earn you big money. Nobody appreciate much art in this society or rather say Singapore ". Or somewhat a line same meaning to this. But i beg a differ, i always believe that when you're into photography, money is one thing, but it's the passion and what you can bring in and out from your camera, into the monitor or photo paper for the people, your clients that they know. Every cent paid is worthy. But countless times i've hear and see people offering charges of below couple hundred bucks for a photographer to perform their duty.
So how much exactly are we worth here, for what we do?