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  1. redtippmann

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    Well I was looking on the local craigslist for an AB800 but came across this:
    I am seeking a photographer for my wedding on October 9th, 2010. I will consider someone who is just starting out or is currently in school, as well as someone who is experienced. Email me- j********t@yahoo.com. Serious replies only, please! I would like to see samples of your work, if possible, and please include a price quote. Thank you!

    Im thinking of contacting her and offering to be a 2nd shooter and shoot for free. So this is what I am thinking of sending her:
    Hi my name is James Conkle I just noticed your posting on craigslist for a wedding photographer. I am a high school student that will hopefully become a sports photographer after schooling. I would like to offer to be a secondary shooter. I say secondary shooter because I would hate it if I didn't meet your requirements or expectations.

    I would shoot totaly free of charge because the expirence is what is most valueable right now.

    You can take a look at some of my photos at this website: flickr.com/photos/jamesconkle but as I said before I am a sports photographer so shooting a wedding would be tottaly new to me but I would do my very best.

    I would just like to know where I would need to travel so I can determin if I can travel to the location.

    Thanks,
    James


    So what do you guys think? Would it be worth it for either one of us?
     
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    BuS_RiDeR No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I looked at your Web site. Nice photographs...

    Take the job as the primary. You do good work. Its worth more than 0 dollars.

    Just make up a contract so she is clear about what she can expect.
     
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    redtippmann TPF Noob!

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    Thanks! I never like to have people pay me (well for now) because Im always scared that I will format my card or accidentally still have my ISO on HI-1 (Ohh its just HORRIBLE!:puke:)

    But what do you think 25-30 bucks? Now I gotta start writing up a new email:x
     
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    'determine'
     
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    Spell check all of that please.....lolol
     
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    redtippmann TPF Noob!

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    Thank you! I was writing this on my ipod, and that unfortunately does not have spell check.
     
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    You should not format your card even if she does not pay you :) Just keep reviewing your photos, everyone does that :)

    I think you should charge for your time, it will give her confidence and will help you be more responsible.
     
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    redtippmann TPF Noob!

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    Oh, I never would format on purpose. I was just thinking worst case scenario.
     
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    lol gotcha...same thing happens on my blackberry....but anyways...you're flickr is decent. IMHO I'd take primary photographer, because they'll probably get some mediocre photog that doesn't know ****. Nevertheless, it'll be a good experience.
     
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    redtippmann TPF Noob!

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    And I guess I know ****:thumbup::)
     
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    I think you should stick with the secondary thing ...

    ESPECIALLY if it's your first wedding you've ever done AND since you're only a high school student...

    I'm also assuming that since you're a high school student, you aren't 18 which means you aren't old enough to even sign your own contract, so you probably aren't old enough to write a contract?

    Stick with being a secondary, but charge a small amount. I would say probably like $100 or something. Write out a "disclaimer" for you and her to both sign in "agreement" (not a contract by any means) that says that you are a beginner, this is your first wedding, and you will do your best but will not promise pro quality.... Something along those lines.

    Cover your @$$. ABSOLUTELY do NOT NOT NOT offer to be the primary shooter for this wedding and DO NOT NOT NOT charge her a lot...

    That's my $0.02... And here's a video to help you out :)

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=js7RzcdDcMs[/ame]
     
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    You will be okay. Take the money, do your best, and you can always return it if you are not satisfied with your work.
     

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