Greetings All: I've been sitting here this AM thinking about photography, peoples skill, travel and the community that has been built with this site. There might be some here who don't like what I’m about to say or the assumption that I’m taking but what the heck it's my thread... As we all know, there are (many) talented people here and most of that talent don't take pictures for a living but for the fun of taking them. Yes there are some who sell their work (like myself) but its not a way to put 3-meals a day on a table. In most cases its a way to justify to our better halves that we should spend that $$ to get the new lens or body or what ever. So I got thinking today that if I had a function that I wanted photographed like say a wedding, family event or anything special it would be more cost effective to select some or one of the talented people around this board to do the job and I’m thinking you could get their services for the cost of an airline ticket. The quality of the end product would be as good if not better than you would see from your local pro. The shooter you brought in would get to do a little traveling and see a part of the world he or she would possibly not see on their own and everyone would be happy. A case in point would be a wedding in the UK that I’ve been asked to photograph. The person who asked me to do this is not a member of this board but is a photographer (Canon guy). We have cut a deal were I will fly to England and shoot the wedding. They will pay my travel cost and lend me a car to do a little traveling after the big day. The cost to them is a $1,100.00 (CDN) air ticket from Canada to England. This is considerably less than they would pay for a local pro and it is a good deal for me as I get to do a little traveling and have some fun. In this case, I'm adding in a one day Shooting / PhotoShop session with the guy who is bringing me over. Just because he feel I can teach him something and heck I enjoy doing it. This way he gets his daughters wedding done, a day of shooting and processing images together and I get the use of his car for a few days to travel around a little. I started this tread to see if I was the only one who is interested in doing this type of thing or is their more here who would consider this type of arrangement. As a closing note, I know that I would be very interested in trying to get the likes of Jarrell, Frank, Gordon or many others to come and do my kid's weddings if and when that ever happens. Or have Janet or Rory come and help me with my lack of bird shooting skill. So it will be fun to see if others here would be interested in lending their services in trade for an airplane ticket to other parts of the world. I know some will feel that this type arrangement will take food off the local pro's table. But I’m not sure that is much different than what has been going on for years with the bride’s uncle shooting the wedding. The major difference is the quality of the end product is as good as you can get anywhere. Looking forward to the (thought) I'm hoping to get.