I HATED WEDDINGS! with a vengeance!
While working for the Ottawa Citizen newspaper, some Saturdays you might have a
dozen weddings to attend and get one "nice photo of the bride & groom" for the
social pages. That meant you started shooting them early morning and
through-out the day depending on which religion the wedding took place?
So when two other photogs & myself started our own company, I swore "No
weddings for me! PERIOD!"
Well I had shot a few full coverage, usually friends so my photo coverage was
out in the city. But then they showed their wedding album to friends who then
hired me to shoot their wedding. "OH MY GOSH! aaaccckkk! THE BRIDES' MOTHER's!
ALL OF THEM. :-(
Any way I thought I could stop them booking me by charging more. I had been
charging $500.oo. paid in cash at the end of the day and gave them all the film
with instructions which lab to take it to for processing & prints. And hoped
I'd never see them again!! :-)
So I doubled my rate to $1000.oo. And at the end of the day I would give the
best-man (providing he wasn't somewhat inebriated?) all the unprocessed film
with instruction which lab to take it to for processing and prints. "HE WOULD
HAND ME $1000.oo CASH" and the complete wedding was out of my face! And I
wished the couple a happy life together.
Well word was out and about town I did such a good job couples weren't deterred
with my system and the $1000.
So I just doubled it again, $2000.oo same system I shoot it and they looked
after film and prints. But dang it didn't eliminate them all. Slowed somewhat,
so? Yep you guessed it? I doubled it again to $4000.. Now my coverage was
usually an all day affair high class income families in preparation beginning
to the couple driving away from the maddening crowd. So they were definitely
extra long days. :-(
The double to $4000.oo brought it to a screeching halt! But for one couple,
friends of mine and he was a Ottawa Rough Rider football player... Lots of
In the really olden days '50's, a B&W wedding would be shot for $35.oo which
gave the couple 12 B&W photos in a white album. But like that was about 60
years ago and you still had to buy the film. :-) It was cheap!
And I still hated the bride's mother's! :-) :-) :-)
Although I did photograph my oldest Grandson's wedding a couple of years ago.
FOR FREE! :-) :-)
Dr. ted Grant OC
[mailto:leicareflex-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Sonny Carter
Sent: July-18-16 6:12 AM
To: LRF reflex; Seephoto; PAW
Subject: [LRflex] I don't do weddings
But I do work on brochures and websites. I made this image for a venue getting
into the reception business.
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