Not only is this "Craigslist photographer" claiming to to be professional when they are not, they are also lowering the value of wedding photography in general, right? How can us "real" professionals ask for thousands of dollars when there are others willing to do it for almost nothing? These are fair assumptions, but I believe bad wedding photographers have made the industry better. Whenever I get asked what I do for work and I say, "I shoot weddings for a living," the response is usually something like this: "Oh my gosh, I wish I would have hired you to shoot our wedding, our photographer was terrible," or "You should have shot my friend’s wedding.
Her photographer ruined her wedding." Without even seeing my work, most people assume that I am better than their wedding photographer or their friend's wedding photographer. How bad of a photographer do you have to be to bring out this type of emotion? The truth is that their photographer may not have been THAT bad. What’s more likely is that that their wedding day was THAT important to them and the photographer did something that didn't live up to their high standard.......