What would you do?

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  1. saltface

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    Hey everybody, it's been awhile since I've been active on here.

    Last Saturday, we managed to get my whole family together and took pictures. My sister-in-law hired a local photographer for the job and when she showed up all she had was her SLR and what looked like a 75-200mm-ish lens.

    The sun was setting and obscured by a neighbor's house. To the east was a line of houses with broke down trucks and rusty farm equipment (two must-haves in rural Arizona). Since we were just beginning to assemble, I asked the photographer if she was going to have our backs to the west and use a fill-in flash for face lighting. She told me she never uses flash and I just left it at that.

    Naturally, the pictures came out looking flat and everyone had a nice dark tan. Since we only paid $50 (I'd have been more upset had we shelled out real photography prices), I don't feel robbed or anything. The thing that irked me was how hard it is to get everyone together at the same time and now it was somewhat tarnished.

    As soon as she was done, I wanted to rush inside to grab one of my cameras and re-shoot everything but she stuck around for a while and the light was pretty much gone by the time she left.

    Had both my brother-in-laws and my wife not stopped me, I would have started to shoot before she was gone. (I guess I was a little hot under the collar at the moment). So my question is, what would you have done in that situation?

    (As a side note, she did give us all the pictures on CD. I asked her for the RAW files, but she only shoots in JPEG).
     
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    I would have politely gone to the photographer and asked are you finished. I would like to get a couple of my own shots since its so hard to get this many people together. And then went and got my camera. She was being paid to do a job. Who cares what she thought once she was done what she was paid for!!
     
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    That sounds like the perfect way to handle it. :thumbs up:
     
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    Wow. Why didn't I think to say that. I guess I was just so aggravated.
     
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    ROTFM, I'da done the vary same thing with out hesitation, with out fail.

    I anticipate needing to do this at my own friggen wedding as I am seriously not likeing the things I have heard about the nearest wedding photographers over the past few years.
     
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    Wow, that sucks. I'm glad my photographer was better than I am. I'd rather not have one more thing to worry about on that day.
     
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    Battou No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I was hearing a lot of a radio comercial during the summer about one....Damn near made me hurl every time.
     
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    A radio commercial? Is it some large company or chain?
     
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    ...Just one guy with a digital camera.
     
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    It's a good excuse to get the family back together so you can do it right.

    Why did your sis-in-law hire the photog in the first place? She had to know $50 is pretty cheap; possibly it was a friend of hers or something? And why doesn't she know that you can do a better job? Sounds like you need to be getting your camera out more. ;)
     
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    I don't get that either. If you were better, why didn't you just do it in the first place?
     
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    $50??? Why complain? That's nothing.
     

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