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This is a posting that has been circulating around the United States on the popular free website Craigslist. I cannot take credit for this posting and cannot find the original author (although if you were the original author, please send me a message so I can credit you!)


Hi there! My name is Lindsay and I've just got a brand new camera for Christmas but haven't even taken it out of the box. I really want to get into the wedding photography business because I see so many people in Utah are getting married and it looks like easy money. I can't guarantee that even one photo will turn out looking good but I sure will try. Some pictures will be used for my portfolio and my future website. I start booking appointments this week! I am now booking for Spring and Summer of 2010.

I specialize in all types of Lifestyle photography including:

Weddings – You'll have to pay $15 for gas money outside of Salt Lake City

My style is classy, elegant and artistic. I would be honored to be part of your special occasion or photography needs considering I have no professional experience. I would love to capture those beautiful moments for you and your family.

I have so much passion for being a pro wedding photographer! All my friends and family tell me I take great pictures at all our outings and picnics. I'm putting together a web site of all the flower pictures and sunsets I've taken so you can see how good I am. I even have a few pics of my pet dog which turned out really great!

But I don't have a business license, liability insurance, flashes, extra batteries, or even more than a kit lens that came in the box. If something goes wrong, you're out of luck. To keep things cheap for you, I won't even back up any of your images. Less cost for me means less cost for you. Just passing the savings on. I expect to be paid in cash or personal check because I don't plan on claiming this income on my taxes.

I know many fun and beautiful locations. I really care about making brides look beautiful! I add glow and selective color to all of my images, giving them the best look possible. No need to hassle with computer programs.

Bridals and Engagements are only $100. Please trust me to do your wedding. I'll do it cheap just to build up my portfolio. I will only charge you $250 for your entire wedding day. This is a deal. My camera cost me $700 brand new. All sessions include a Hi Resolution CD with FULL copy right release included, which means you get to print your pictures at Wal-Mart! Here's the BEST Part! I offer 100% guarantee on ALL my sessions! Don't pay a cent until you are 100% happy with your pictures!

I own a camera therefore I can take photos like the pros, who charge alot more. Most brides in Utah spend $2,500 on professional wedding photography. Since I have no experience I'll only be charging $250 (90% off regular wedding photography prices) to shoot full day wedding coverage.

Think about it: Pros charge alot of money because they have alot of expenses. I don't.

Pros have:
-a business license
- multiple cameras
-thousands of dollars in lenses and flashes
-hard drives to back up the images
-people skills
-color calibrated monitors
-professional print labs
-professional albums

I have none of this stuff so we'll keep it cheap, just for you!

E-mail me if you want to set an appointment or if you have any questions, I will gladly respond.

(one of these postings can be found here)

Obviously, this post was written as a joke. The author was extremely tired of seeing new "photographers" pop up in every city who decide, due to the fact there are no regulations, they'll just jump into a new camera and start calling themselves a photographer.

Not only am I re posting this as a lighthearted read for fellow photographers, but as another way to demonstrate and warn our clients and consumers. If the bargain seems too good to be true, it probably is. Make sure your freelance photographer is educated, well equipped, legitimate and most of all experienced. Just as in every other area of retail, photography comes with the sticker "buyer beware!"


  • Teresa Howell 5 years ago

    LOL I love it!

  • Mandi 5 years ago

    Haha I love it!

  • Lindsay 5 years ago

    ...that was not a joke. Actually I got my first booking for next week. Wish me luck!

  • Tanja 5 years ago

    I wish more people (read: customers) would realize that owning a camera does not autmagically qualify you as a photographer. Over here in Germany professional photography has been deregulated 5 years ago, and since then these "professional photographers" are popping up everywhere, killing the business for people who actually make a living of it. And most customers don't even know the difference untill it's too late.

  • The Baldchemist 5 years ago

    You'll see an enormous difference between photographers who really know their art and an ardent amateur.

    Clients who are aware of what is required to "make" fabulous memorable pictures wouldn't dream of hiring someone so cheap.

    But good luck, you'll soon find out how hard a profession it is.
    You need planning, back up cameras, post shoot editing and a massive ability to compose, select lighting, aperture, ISO settings and above all knowledge of what to do quickly when circumstances change.

    It always looks easy when those that can exhibit.
    Take good care.

  • Michelle 5 years ago

    I fear as entry level SLR's become more affordable and popular this will become even more a reality and not a joke.