I'd decided not to do weddings any longer because I find more and more couples in the area I live to want a lot for a very little by way of payment. A month ago I was contacted by at least 5 couples for the upcoming year. I explained to each couple that I only do photojournalistic photos (and posed ones of bride and groom only) and gave them a link to my work. I enjoy this type of wedding photography and figured if no one in the area wanted that style that was fine with me because it really is a side job and if I do it, I want to enjoy it. One couple was thrilled and that was exactly what they wanted. A week later they contacted me to tell me they'd be in the area (they live about 4 hours away from here but are getting married here where their famlies are) and, although they weren't ready to 'commit" to signing a contract for wedding photos, they'd like me to take their engagement photos and would pay me the sitting fee. Sounded great to me and we actually had a great time with the session which lasted 2 hours for $75 dollars. They were crazy about the photos posted on my site and in that email she THEN said "We forgot to mention but we'd like all the unedited photos on a CD so we can make a book for guests to sign for the wedding." First of all, they didn't even commit to me doing the wedding so why would i give them the photos? Plus I NEVER give unedited photos. I was very polite and told them that and said I wished they had mentioned that before the session. Nothing back for 1 1/2 weeks. Today she wrote to tell me that they really want those photos and it's very important to them to get them. I won't budge on that. In essence, they did only pay for a VERY CHEAP photo session - way cheaper than I ususally charge. Then she mentioned that she knew there were more photos I took and she wanted to see them all, not just the best ones. ugh.. since when do people think they own everything for nothing? I don't care to do their wedding now because I can tell they will be very difficult. The problem is, I'm not quite sure how to word a letter to them without sounding rude. I want to always be very polite, but inside am a bit pissy.. as I'm sure you can tell. And again, I say, I admire you all - you are saints, and I think it takes a special kind of personality to be a wedding photographer. Me? not so much. I'll stick to selling in galleries, thank you very much.