How NOT to start a wedding business

This is the funniest craigslist post i have seen in a while. I really hope it's a joke. Hope you enjoy it as much as i did.

If it doesn't show up here's the text from the craigslist posting.

Hi there! My name is Lindsay and I've just got a brand new camera for Christmas but haven't even taken it out of the box. I really want to get into the wedding photography business because I see so many people in Utah are getting married and it looks like easy money. I can't guarantee that even one photo will turn out looking good but I sure will try. Some pictures will be used for my portfolio and my future website. I start booking appointments this week! I am now booking for Spring and Summer of 2010.

I specialize in all types of Lifestyle photography including:

Weddings – You'll have to pay $15 for gas money outside of Salt Lake City

My style is classy, elegant and artistic. I would be honored to be part of your special occasion or photography needs considering I have no professional experience. I would love to capture those beautiful moments for you and your family.

I have so much passion for being a pro wedding photographer! All my friends and family tell me I take great pictures at all our outings and picnics. I'm putting together a web site of all the flower pictures and sunsets I've taken so you can see how good I am. I even have a few pics of my pet dog which turned out really great!

But I don't have a business license, liability insurance, flashes, extra batteries, or even more than a kit lens that came in the box. If something goes wrong, you're out of luck. To keep things cheap for you, I won't even back up any of your images. Less cost for me means less cost for you. Just passing the savings on. I expect to be paid in cash or personal check because I don't plan on claiming this income on my taxes.

I know many fun and beautiful locations. I really care about making brides look beautiful! I add glow and selective color to all of my images, giving them the best look possible. No need to hassle with computer programs.

Bridals and Engagements are only $100. Please trust me to do your wedding. I'll do it cheap just to build up my portfolio. I will only charge you $250 for your entire wedding day. This is a deal. My camera cost me $700 brand new. All sessions include a Hi Resolution CD with FULL copy right release included, which means you get to print your pictures at Wal-Mart! Here's the BEST Part! I offer 100% guarantee on ALL my sessions! Don't pay a cent until you are 100% happy with your pictures!

I own a camera therefore I can take photos like the pros, who charge alot more. Most brides in Utah spend $2,500 on professional wedding photography. Since I have no experience I'll only be charging $250 (90% off regular wedding photography prices) to shoot full day wedding coverage.

Think about it: Pros charge alot of money because they have alot of expenses. I don't.

Pros have:
-a business license
- multiple cameras
-thousands of dollars in lenses and flashes
-hard drives to back up the images
-people skills
-color calibrated monitors
-professional print labs
-professional albums

I have none of this stuff so we'll keep it cheap, just for you!

E-mail me if you want to set an appointment or if you have any questions, I will gladly respond.

See the original post here.

So what's your favorite problem you see with this posting?


Jessie said...

Oh I have SO many favorite problems with this ad!! The fact that she "specializes" in everything, her $700 camera, printing the photos at Walmart ... it's all so (sadly) true.

Michelle Woodland said...

PLEASE tell me this isn't real!!! I hope no one actually responds. UGH

gfmedia said...

Definitely a pro photogs sense of sarcasm. If it was real, several of those things would never been brought up, bc the average joe doesn't know what it takes. I see a pissed off photog just trying to be funny about what they see.

Christian said...

I agree with gfmedia, this is obviously sarcasm. Actually it had me believing it for a while. The worst part is that I'm pretty sure this could have been written about me... well some parts of it anyway...

Tavia said...

LOL. Sounds like a pro is a little bitter there are amateurs taking business from him. That was funny though, thanks for sharing.

This part was my favorite -

"I add glow and selective color to all of my images, giving them the best look possible."

Rachelle said...

Oh my goodness I wouldn't even know where to start. I really hope this is just bitter sarcasm. If it's not there's a serious problem here!

Thanks for sharing, it was quite amuzing to read this!