There have been several articles and discussions lately on various photography forums and group pages about what a photographer should charge for their services.
I get 3 or 4 emails daily direct from my website enquiring about the costs of shoots and only about 10% of these actually result in a shoot. I have had feedback from a few prospective clients that they had gone for a cheaper package.
A few of these prospective clients had also in the meantime added me as a friend on Facebook and therefore I also got to see the results of some of the "cheaper packages". I make a point of never running other photographers work down as we all had to start somewhere and I cringe when I look at some of my earlier work, but I have to say that there are some really nasty "photographers" out there with really poor quality results. Hence the title of this post. When I see the results of some of their shoots, my 1st thought is that I hope that at least they got the shoot for free and did not part with any cash for these shoddy images. However, this is not the only factor. The client also invested time and money in preparing for and going to the shoot, only to be dissapointed with less than lovely images.
Now it is definitley not just having good equipment that makes for a good photographer BUT the photographer that spends R8000.00 on a camera with 2 kit lenses from Makro/Walmart is just not going to be able to produce the same results that I can with my R80,000.00 investment in photographic, computer equipment and editing software.
Again, on a last note "Buyer beware, you will probably get exactly what you pay for".