For a bullshit social science class. Had to choose a subculture and describe how it relates to the game that everyone plays. Winning vs losing, values involved, players involved...etc Its a tldr, I am an engineer and can't write for shit. I just thought it was funny writing this bullshit as a 20 year old. Is any of this true? I was just an editor from age 15-18 for a pretty good video grapher. There are many communities and subcultures that exhibit qualities of the “Game” that show up in everyday life. While relationships, sibling arguments, and parents all have their own types of game that people experience every day, wedding photographers and videographers have the same games that are lesser known to the general public. The game consists of several elements: there are the players, the teams and their compositions, the awards for “winning”, rules to follow, and strategies that are created and executed to win. Wedding photographers show all of these aspects and therefore can be shown as an example through game theory. The players involved within the wedding photographer subculture are a combination of a few different types of people. Firstly, there are the older experienced photographers who charge medium to high rates for a wedding. Pricing can be anywhere from 3000-6000 dollars for a wedding day photo shooting with this class of photographer. They are good photographers and do everything by the books in terms of getting new customers, taking the photos at the ceremony and reception, and their overall attitude. They are a safe pick for a bride choosing her photographer and the couple will be very satisfied at the end of the process. Secondly, there are the young to middle aged guys who have a more artistic style. They charge a similar price and produce more artistic pictures. The allure of these photographers is often seen by young couples getting married in their mid twenties. Young brides love artistic photographs and do not want the standard cookie cutter photographer to shoot their special day. These young photographers thrive on young couples looking for something edgy and new in their pictures. Finally, there are the bad wedding photographers. These usually appear to be similar to the older standard photographers although the prices are usually higher. Surprisingly, their higher prices attract many couples because they figure the higher the price, the better the photographer. Often times at the end of the relationship, the photographer will have been late for certain parts of the wedding, gotten in the way of the ceremony, seemed rude once he was paid, and will definitely not get an oral recommendation from the client. They are very good at advertising at bridal shows and getting their name onto flyers; therefore they will keep getting work and keep making money. All three of these types of photographers will be able to make a living on wedding photography as their primary and only job. Many photographers and videographers form teams. Friendships are formed and they find that they work well together at events. The main benefit of this is that when a bride picks one photographer, he can then recommend her to choose his friend as the videographer. This works both ways and is a great way of getting business. When a photographer is booked for the date of a brides wedding, they can recommend their other friend who is a photographer for the gig. This benefits this entire small group of photographers and videographers. The other team consists of the solo acts. There are many photographers and videographers that simply get their name out their doing whatever it takes. These are usually the bad photographers because they have not made many friends in the industry so they will not get oral recommendations. The awards for winning are numerous. Being consistently booked and being able to choose which weddings you want to work is a great place to work towards. These photographers never have to work to promote themselves, every client recommends them to all of their friends and they keep getting work due to their excellent work the first time. Their price point is fairly high so they have a high salary for the year. The photographers that are not winning have to work very hard to get weddings and other gigs to shoot. They spend a lot of time advertising and going to wedding shows. This is a hassle and a pain although necessary because their work is not the best it can be and does not always speak for itself. The more effort put into being the best you can be photography wise, the less effort that has to be spent promoting yourself. These photographers have to charge a modest price because otherwise, there will always be a standard photographer that has a slightly cheaper price. While the awards mostly lead towards money, they also have a strong impact on lifestyle and how stressed out a photographer will be on a daily basis. There are strategies and tactics that can be used to gain an advantage in the market of wedding photography. First and foremost, having quality work that speaks for itself is the biggest trick a photographer can use. This is a publically accepted method and is very common with high end photographers. Some personal tactics used include dominating the craigslist market in an area. If a photographer is all over craigslist, while all of the weddings will not be high paying gigs, it is a common underrated place that bridezillas often check for a photographer. Oral recommendations are the most effective method of advertising and they are extremely valuable. While there are not many official guidelines for being a wedding photographer and rules that can be broken, bad photographers will struggle through their career. They will be disliked by other photographers and events will have high tension when they step in front of the videographer often or ruin a videographers shot by pulling the bride and groom away for himself at an inappropriate time. There are unwritten rules for common courtesy between the DJ, videographer, and photographer at a wedding. The DJ knows which shots the photographer and videographer needs and stays out of the way. The photographer and videographer should stay out of each other’s ways and let each other do their jobs. Almost all tactics are fair in the wedding industry other than badmouthing another photographer. This does not happen often and overall the industry is very respectful. Some photographers also offer video and some videographers also offer photos. They are usually subpar at the secondary skill and the quality of the finished product is lacking. The advantage of this is that if they do sign a client, they get 100 percent of their business instead of half of it. Wedding photographers and videographers depend on their business to make a living. Playing the game can be advantageous to them depending on what type of money they want to make and what morals or values they have. The difference between winning and not winning can be tens of thousands of dollars and an extremely stressful year. The game is an important concept to consider anytime you are in a situation where it applies.