I've made a few and loved them all
So did the students of the workshop where I worked. Of course, this was an art oriented workshop so that we didn't look at things quite the same way as in the wedding workshop I attended. It was given by one of the top wedding photographer of the time (in the USA, that is) and I was so disgusted by what I heard that I left before the end
80% about money (how to get more from the customer) and 20% about photography. And this part was mostly about the money shots (sounds a bit like p**n) you needed to be successful. Financially that is. The photography was not going to win any prize in any show I ever participated in. All the weddings looked the same. Different colors and different heads but otherwise the same.
Now I don't mean to offend anyone with my talk of snobbery but it was how it was presented to me when I was told to get a medium format camera... But maybe my location at the time, a wedding photo story and an audio story will help you get it. In the meantime, I didn't see anyone from the good old USA having a problem with that statement. Or the one about wedding photography being a racket.
Anyway, I lived in Washington DC at the time where appearance is way more important than reality. As it is most often in politics everywhere...
Wedding story = This was told by the friend I bought the Hassy from and who used to work for the National Geographic. The photo editor one day got a call from a well-to-do personality asking for one of his photogs to shoot her child's wedding. He politely said he didn't thing anyone was available but he would pass the message. And so he did. One photog jokingly said he would do it for $25,000. Shoot only. He would hand over the films at the end of the day and that was it!
For $25,000 at that time, you could almost buy my townhouse...
Mother said yes.
By the time I left the USA, this kind of money was not unusual for a wedding photographer but at the time of this story, it was a ridiculous amount. Especially since no prints, albums or wall-size portraits (you know, the ones the medium format is actually useful for) were included.
Audio story = When trying to make a living as an artist I had many side jobs. One of those was installing audio systems for an upscale Hi-Fi store. One day I got a call for an install but the speakers were going to be delivered straight to the customer and I would have the help of two people for the day.
Went straight to the store to see what the hell was going on and was presented with speakers that obviously could not fit in my van.
Four towers, 2 on each side, over 2 meters high that, I was told, the store could not keep in stock despite the price of $80,000 (over the price of my townhouse). WTF do I know? I figured they were amazing. I asked if I could hear them. :shock:
They had $2,000 a pair speakers that sounded better.
Welcome to DC and snob.
Back for a few more words. I would really hate to think of anyone thinking DC is nothing but snob-city.
It is not. There are many things I love/like about that place.
For one, it is the second biggest movie city in the USA. Yes, after LA, this is where the most movies are produced. Ask if you want more details.
Then, it's a huge theater city. Lots and lots of good theater. Sorry Mr. President Lincoln.
Last but not least, great music around town. Fugazi anyone? Or, on the softer side, Eva Cassidy?