Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/01/04

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Pricing pictures
From: MEBerube <>
Date: Thu, 04 Jan 2001 10:54:26 -0500

At 08:34 PM 1/3/01 -0600, Henry Ambrose wrote about my methods:
>Sounds like you found a good little crack and filled it quite well.
>I like the idea that you give them the film. It seems appropriate
>although I'm sure many wedding guys would scream. The very few weddings I
>photograph I do the same way. They are happy and its simple for you.

Yes, Henry, it is in interesting and enjoyable niche. In the way of 
I know of photographers who shoot a wedding and just hand over the 
unprocessed film. I never hand over unprocessed film to a client. I have 
the film souped and printed (and more often now scanned to CD for my later 
web/promo use) at my local lab. I place the 4X6 'proofs' in a Pioneer 
Wedding album. I then remove any prints and negs from the whole that would 
reflect poorly on my reputation long before the client ever sees the end 

The thought of my work being processed at Walmart or that the one shot on 
any particular roll which may not have been properly flash synched or 
something like that being out there in the public with my name attached to 
it is the stuff of nightmares and is what decided me to process and weed 
the negs I shoot before the client ever sees the finished product.

We're only ever judged by the last work of ours that someone has seen, eh?

Carpe Luminem,
Michael E. Berube

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