the first time i came across this (not that i had assumed it didn't happen, just never thought about it) was after my sisters wedding, about six years ago she hired this old man to shoot photos at her wedding. im not entirely sure what the cost was, but im pretty sure it was over a thousand, i think around 1500. the pictures were quite horrendous, and it just made me sad really, and then mad. skip ahead five or six years and i have this friend online, she is constantly shooting, promoting herself to family and friends on social networking sites, she doesn't charge much considering what she does, but i just find it offensive that she is charging people for her work. i dont know her well, but if i had to guess she doesn't even know what RAW is. don't get me wrong, im not a snob, i feel most of my shots are ok at best, and most of those i feel have a lot to do with luck, but i do know good work when i see it and hers is horrible. anyway, random rant.