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    Princess of the OT adina's Avatar
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    my last wedding. ever.

    While I've enjoyed the bunch that I've done, I'm not doing anymore. I've got things I want to learn and do, and the commitment so far in advance is not something I want to continue with.

    So this was my last one. And it was perfect. I loved it. The bride and groom are completely adorable, and so laid back. The location was fun, out of the ordinary. And I only shot from about 2-7:30. I used to offer a half day (4 hours for $2500) and that's what they went with.

    Some from last Saturday...
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    Re: my last wedding. ever.

    the last few....honestly, one of the sweetest couples I've ever met.
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    Re: my last wedding. ever.

    The images look great Adina! Congratulations on your early "retirement" from the wedding biz.
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    Re: my last wedding. ever.

    Great pictures. It is a loss to the engaged couples in Wisconsin that they won't be able to use you as a photographer! You do a great job.
    Feel free to edit and repost my photos as part of your critique.

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    Re: my last wedding. ever.

    Congrats on excellent work. I hope you come out of wedding photog retirement
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    Leave it out

    You'll start doing it for free for friends and acquaintances. You'll start saying to yourself "I could do it so much better than the guy they're thinking of using" and then you're off again. When you're gifted at something it's difficult to not use your skill.
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    Re: my last wedding. ever.

    You have a lot of talent Adina. Congrats on the retirement.
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    LOOOOOOVE the sneakers! That's a great shot! Great work.
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    Re: my last wedding. ever.

    Good Job! I have found the more weddings I do, the more I enjoy them. But I was scared by a few photographers before my first weddings, telling me how horrible it would be and how I would have bridezillas, etc. It was petrifying, but I have since learned that as long as I let them know my style, and just do the best I can, I love it and so have all my clients, thus far.
    I bet your clients were very happy with these shots as they should be. I too think that you will be doing it again someday..... as you should!
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    Beautiful Adi

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    Re: my last wedding. ever.

    Nice pictures but two and a half grand for 4 hours. Poor couple must have more money than sense. They have been ripped off and that's no reflection on your photographic skills.
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    Re: my last wedding. ever.

    Quote Originally Posted by Overbeyond
    Nice pictures but two and a half grand for 4 hours. Poor couple must have more money than sense. They have been ripped off and that's no reflection on your photographic skills.
    Hard business.
    Ummm...they didn't have to use me. They could have choose someone else. And a whole lot more goes into it than just the four hours on the wedding day.

    How much is it worth to me to give up my Saturday with my family to do this? And a weeks worth of editing and album design? Two and a half grand. If your time is worth less than that, then price yourself that way. But I know what my time is worth to me. And in the time it takes me to do a wedding, I could have done three children's sessions, and made twice that.
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    Re: my last wedding. ever.

    btw....if you're familiar with Milwaukee at all, you'd know that my pricing is in line with just about everyone else's.


    to everyone else....thanks for the comments. This was it, tho. No more weddings for me.
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    Re: my last wedding. ever.

    What a loss to the people in the area. I never thought of the cost of doing weddings until you mentioned it. I have Beccy who is 19 but I think I have time to start saving (I hope).

    Lovely photo's.

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    Re: my last wedding. ever.

    Hi Adina, Knowing you and your work, it is a sad day indeed for the wedding photography world. You're work always has a personal touch that I haven't seen in very many other photographers. You will be sorely missed in the SE Wisconsin area as well as our enjoyment of those few shots that we get to see here.
    I hope that this is only a "Brett Favre" retirement and that you come back after a short hiatus of learning and growth.
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    Re: my last wedding. ever.

    Yes, I'm agree Adina twenty five hundred for a wedding is well spented for your time. I myself shoot wedding and I know how much work that you have to do before and after the event.


    Cheer Adina great job my friend but don't stop shooting ehh:thumbsup:

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    Re: my last wedding. ever.

    thanks guys...

    let me clarify. I only do a handful of weddings a year. Like three or four tops. The majority of my work is kids under the age of 6. That's what I'm going to be continuing to focus on, as well as maternity/newborn stuff.

    For me, the marketing and business devoted to persuing weddings isn't worth it, because of the small amount that I will commit to doing. So rather than contine to do that, I'm going to focus that energy on the children end.

    It's not that I don't enjoy weddings, I do, which is why I would do handful a year. But business wise, the time and energy could be put to better use elsewhere.

    In the end, it comes down to business. And the actual shooting is a very small portion of the business, I've discovered.

    Besides, I want to learn to snowboard. Can you imagine the conversation? "hi, this is Adina. Yeah, I know your wedding is next weekend, but I broke my leg yesterday. Anyway we can work around that?"
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    here's where I spend the majority of my time....
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    Re: my last wedding. ever.

    Quote Originally Posted by adina
    btw....if you're familiar with Milwaukee at all, you'd know that my pricing is in line with just about everyone else's.


    to everyone else....thanks for the comments. This was it, tho. No more weddings for me.
    And downright reasonable by New York metro area standards. Congratulations on both a job well done and your decision to retire.

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    Beautiful work as usual The sneekers are a hit for sure to say nothing of the the shots of the little one. Just be careful with "never" I have been bitten more than once with that word *sigh

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    Re: my last wedding. ever.

    Nice work as usual from what I've seen over the past few years.

    Weddings are a tremendous amount of work and with a family you'd never see them if making a living doing them very often.

    I don't shoot weddings 'anymore' and haven't for 15 years but still average about two a year. As I like to say, By request only.

    The kids shots are truly something you excell at so go for it.

    Snowboarding??? Not so easy what you have in mind.

    Best wishes . . .

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    Never say never!

    Great shots Adina.

    And congratulations on retiring from wedding photography.

    But....never say never....
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    Re: my last wedding. ever.

    That's some nice shooting. I could definitely learn a thing or two from you. I understand about moving on, tho. You gotta go with your gut/heart - whatever body part guides you.

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    Re: my last wedding. ever.

    Allow me to comment on this from the perspective of a minister who has done a fair number of weddings over the last 18 years.

    I can't comment on the price (although I suspect a similar level of service would cost around the same in the UK as in the US), but I can comment on the difference between a professional and a "willing amateur friend".

    One of the questions I ALWAYS ask the couple as we plan their wedding is "Are you using a professional photographer?" I admit to breathing a sigh of relief when the answer is "Yes". The bottom line is that pros know what they are doing. They are never going to use flash at inappropriate moments, they are never going to be intrusive, and they are always going to act according to the seriousness of the ceremony. In other words, you hardly know they are there.

    On the other hand, the "willing amateur friend" can occasionally be a nightmare - on one occasion I actually had to pause in the middle of the wedding to deal with one who was maneuvering himself into a totally inappropriate position. Since that unhappy experience I always meet briefly with the the "friend" beforehand to explain the ground rules - with a pro I don't need to.

    In short, you are not paying only for the time and the cost of the equipment. You are also paying for their experience and professionalism.

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    Re: my last wedding. ever.

    [QUOTE=adina]

    "So this was my last one. And it was perfect. I loved it. The bride and groom are completely adorable, and so laid back."

    Wonderful shot,last of the first set,with sun's rays
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