It’s time like these that hashtags like #facepalm were invented for. Thanks to a reader, we recently stumbled across a “Wedding Photographer Wanted” ad on Craigslist that we sincerely hope is fake. Then again, given previous experience, it’s probably not.
The ad is based out of Philadelphia, and the writer would like someone to take “high quality professional images,” of her wedding. So far so good, but then you read on: “but I don’t want to pay for a professional. They charge way too much and are not worth it.”
From there the poster continues by describing exactly the type of person they’re looking for, and why this person should be willing to do this for a total of $100:
I think I am very attractive and will be wearing a wedding dress so this would be great for your portfolio. I want someone who has a really, really good camera. You also must be experienced with working with people, especially drunk people. I want someone who knows how crazy a wedding day can be (even small ones) and who can keep his or her cool no matter what happens.
The Wanted ad ends with this proverbial cherry-on-top statement, “Also it’s important that you actually show up for my wedding day.” We’re sure her inbox is just bursting with offers…
We could spend time here explaining why exactly professional wedding photographers are worth it and why they certainly don’t charge too much, but that’s a topic we’ve covered in-depth before here.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen a snippy request that encourages photographers to work for free because it would be “great for their portfolio,” and truth be told, there are times when working for free is acceptable. We’re just fairly certain this isn’t one of them.
Thanks for sending in the tip, Todd!