if the shoe fits....

I am not pointing fingers, but if the shoe fits.....

I am not a master of my craft, I don't pretend to be.  I could always learn more, heck I am always learning on a daily basis.  I am all over the map with what I like and what I love.  Now, having said that-I am not 1/2 bad either.  I feel like I can capture a good moment & not ruin it in photoshop.

One thing I have noticed is the trend in photography.  Not only are their 1 million other photographers running around, charging less then 1/2 of what I charge-but they are photoshop crazy.  Blending in textures really heavy, cross processing things to DEATH..and just plain ruining what could have been a good image.

I am on the fence really, what do you do-I can see what they could do to be better, and want to just drop them an email-but they, like 1000 other ladies near me are truly my competition now, because of the cut throat low prices.  So I just sit back and look at them, talk to a few of my photography friends about them, and move on.

Then comes the time when your long time clients, friends & even family are turning to these NEW photographers, instead of you....to save a buck & get really poor quality images that have been edited all wonky.  It's hard not to get your feelings hurt, and it's hard not to get angry about it.

Do you lower your prices?  Do you say something to the people who have turned to another photographer? I mean, after all, it is their choice & maybe they don't like your style of photography anymore.  Maybe they are broke & need to save some money!?  I have always, ALWAYS worked magic when it came to lower prices for friend clients & sometimes even doing them for free, or giving them free products.  Driving to them, for free and then when they are finally asked to pay a little, they turn away from you!?

I know, this is just a rant....I just felt like I needed to get it off my chest.

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