Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/11/28

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Subject: Re: [Leica] (depressing) Wedding photographers Ottawa..? help
From: "B. D. Colen" <>
Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2001 16:19:51 -0500
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I like your style, Walt, but, boy, are you undercharging by today's 
standards. Make it $300 per hour and they'll still want you to abuse 

B. D.

Walter S Delesandri wrote:

>>Heck when I was stupid enough to shoot weddings many years ago I hated every
>>minute of it. And finally dropped them all together.  However, I had so many
>>recommendations from previous couples I figured "well OK if they want me
>>that bad I'll scare them off simply by charging $1000. cash plus cost of
>>film. They give me my money at the end of the wedding day, I give them the
>>film, also the name of a lab to get it developed and printed.... they were
>>out of my face.
>>I still believe the "cash in hand give them the film" is the easiest
>>economical  and non nerve racking way to do weddings.
>>Ted Grant Photography Limited
> Ted, I thouroughly enjoyed your story!!!...I do EXACTLY the same thing (though 
> NOT for $4K!!)...since I have become a "non" photographer, and don't WANT any 
> business, I tell folks (if they insist) $100/hour, plus ALL expenses DOUBLED, 
> including travel if any...IN ADVANCE...
> I hand them the film, and NO WARRANTY--I don't want to hear, good OR bad...
> AND I STILL HAVE CUSTOMERS!!!--I'm rude to them, I have a bad attitude, and 
> THEY LIKE ME!!!--what a business...I guess it's my Italian charm...
> (obviously I'd refund their money if there were no images, thank God that's 
> never happened--hey, I use Leica, Mamiya, Nikon, and check shutter/sync before 
> EVERY job...)
> CU later, Walt
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