Things are looking pretty bad, despite the government telling us all that it's going to get better. I really think that we are in a major depression, not just a recession, and it may take 10 or 12 years before we see any semblance of a "normal" ecconomy again.
Of course, in the case of those horible wedding pictures, there's some one who should lose his or her job. I can't believe any self respecting professional photog would even want anyone to see photos like that. Once in a while, when my flash unit doesn't recycle fast enough, or I hit the shuuter release prematurely and get an out of focus or accidenta' picture, I delete it right away. And this guy actualy gives them to his client? And charges 1200 bucks???
It's all fine and good to want a job, but one must also be willing to do the work once they get the job. If a young couple shelled out 1200 bucks for me to take photos of them at their wedding, I would make damn sure the images I send to them were 2nd to none. Of course, my depression era / World War II era parents taught me to take pride in my work, not just my paycheck. Go figure.