Good afternoon from Esquire Photography HQ everyone! While I’m prepping for the next totally amazing three days of working as a 2nd Unit Director AND Set Photographer for the film: “Pepper” – I just read a disturbing Article from Travelers Insurance about wedding vendor issues.
But first a few current events! As I’m sure you’ve been keeping up on all the exciting events I’ve been sharing on Twitter & Facebook; from photographing Portraits, Red Carpet Events, commercial photo shoots with celebrities, I was recently chosen as a Google #GlassExplorer AND being invited to perform on stage in New York & Edinburgh, Scotland for the parody: Miserable Lesbians all the while kicking off the EPIC Military Discount Program.
Ok – back to the sad and disturbing information I wanted to share with you from Travelers Insurance. Did you know that: “58 percent of all wedding claims related to vendor issues involve problems with the photographer.” I personally did not know that, nor did I even think it was that high.
In today’s day & age of digital photography lending itself to a much lower entry point – nearly anyone who can buy a camera and press a button – can call themselves a “photographer.” BUT! It doesn’t mean they are qualified to even be a photographer. Which is one of the biggest reasons why I encourage all my couples to enjoy some of the episodes of my program: “How To Make The Most Out Of Your Wedding Day” and screen the vendors they hire for their wedding.
Also, in all fairness of the photographers – at the end of the day it is the bride & grooms responsibility for the choice of hiring people they knew prior to the wedding day were in no way whatsoever qualified in any way to photograph their wedding.
AND! In all fairness of the bride & groom – at the end of the day it is the “photographers” responsibility to master their craft if they want to accept payment for one of the most important days in a couple’s life. If they do not (and believe me – I know and have seen MANY people who should NOT be photographing weddings), they’re nothing more than the dreaded McTographer that I refer to them as.
What do you think about this? Have you experienced this or know someone that did? If so, totally share your thoughts in the comments below or contact me anytime day or night. I’m available just about 24/7 via Twitter, Facebook, Google+, the form on my contact page, or the old fashioned phone as well at 888.ESQ.PHTO (888.377.7486) or 562.225.5915.
I hope you’re having a great start to your weekend and stay tuned for more amazing events that I’m sharing from Newport Beach, all the way out to London, Paris, Costa Rica, Germany and Switzerland.
PS, To the next McTographer who whines & complains to me about conditions not being perfect on the day of any photo shoot – be prepared for the a lecture from me like none other. There are NO EXCUSES whatsoever for anyone who chooses to call themselves a “professional photographer” to not be prepared for ANY AND ALL conditions.