NO TO SHOOT AND BURN PHOTOGRAPHY
Let me start off with explaining what Shoot-and-burn means. Shoot-and Burn is a term we as photographers use to explain those who photograph a wedding, boudoir, portrait, (really any session) and burning it straight to a CD for the client. The bad thing about this is… Well there are really tons of bad things about doing this approach, but let me start off with what I find the worst. You can’t control the print quality when you do this approach, not to mention as an artist you’re devaluing your work! Our work is Art and it takes time for each image to be created the way they are.
Now here comes the warning to clients and those looking for a photographer. Many new photographer start off as shoot-and-burn photographers because one they know very little about their craft. They believe that there is little value in their images so it’s the best choice for them. Most of them are new and don’t understand the cost that goes into becoming a professional photographer. I would also like to think many of the new photographers don’t realize the value you have in that image you see of yourself.
What is important to realize is that photography is extremely expensive, many photographers may carry over thousands worth of gear (some can carry around $20,000 to give you an idea) and the hours put into editing can total way over 60+ a week. Now when you want editing in these photos it takes a long time on average we spend about 5-10min (given how creative we are on a photo, fine art spends way more time) on each photo so when you times that by 200-300 images. You can see why it take so much work to be a photographer. This does not even touch the business expenses like Insurance, business entity, software, advertising, sample albums and prints, shipping costs and tax.
There comes a point when a new photographers decides that they want to make a career out of photography and they realize that a profit will had to be made to keep this business afloat. This is usually when that new photographer realizes that they have value and their art should not be just burned on a CD. This is also when that new photographer starts to grow and decides to start charging for an image as they recognize their time is worth something.
A fellow photographer and Friend of mine said it
perfectly on Offbeat Bride “Please, don’t let the digitals rot on your hard drive. As a photographer, I want you to proudly display your wedding photos. It makes me sad when I thing of all the photos that never get printed. Don’t hide your wedding photos! I tell my clients to hang up a large print or two- when you’re having a crappy day, it’s great to look up in your living room and see a photo of an awesome day” – Mike Allebach with The Tattooed Bride
We want you to enjoy the images we take, this is why we at Blessed Wedding Photography like to consider ourselves as a Full Service wedding photography. We will come take photos of your wedding day then we will go over the ones you wish to see on the wall or in an album and then we will design that album for you. We will size any photo so your canvas is not cropped wrong and we will make sure you’re getting the best out of the photos we take of you.