You can find anything on Craigslist these days.
A couch? Check.
An old vinyl of a Beatles Album? Possibly.
A photographer that takes high quality professional images for $100? One Philadelphia bride hoped so when she posted an ad on Craigslist looking for someone to take “high quality professional images for her wedding day.”
She continues on by saying that she “[doesn’t] want to pay for a professional. They charge way too much and are not worth it.”
Why Might Anyone Who Takes “High Quality Professional Images” Jump at this Opportunity?
“I think I am very attractive and will be wearing a wedding dress so this would be great for your portfolio. I want someone who has a really, really good camera. You also must be experienced with working with people, especially drunk people. I want someone who knows how crazy a wedding day can be (even small ones) and who can keep his or her cool no matter what happens…Also it’s important that you actually show up for my wedding day…”
The post has since been flagged for removal. Sadly, I am sure that this bride would have received a few legitimate responses from starting photographers looking for experience.
It all comes down to value. The value of photography has declined due to the relative ease of taking a photo, the influx of photographers in the market and variety of other reasons. The potential bride or client thinks little about exposures, f-stops, or shutter speeds, the cost of equipment, time and editing. “What’s the big deal?” they think, when majority of cell phones can take an image. Then, with relative ease, anyone can slap on a filter, upload it to Instagram and garner 600 likes. In a world where perception is reality, it is our job as photographers to educate potential clients on why your unique eye, your talent and vision to capture their special moments, is worth the high price tag.