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4 Things Photographers Wish their Subjects Knew

By Michelle Ecker on December 28, 2015


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4 Things Photographers Wished their Subjects Knew

Some photographers have a hard time working with picky subjects. Creative visions clash, groups don’t see eye to eye, and what should have been a fun afternoon quickly feels awkward and upsetting. So subjects, here are some things photographers might want you to know:

1. Let us call the shots. Of course we want to work with you. We want to hear about your creative vision and about the ‘perfect shot’ you’re picturing- and we want to help you achieve that. But sometimes in order to discover some more great shots along the way, you have to relinquish some of the control and let us take the creative reigns. It will be worth it, trust us.

2. Don’t try to haggle with us about pricing. We advertise our costs for a reason. If you think they’re unfair, don’t schedule the shoot. When you try to convince us to offer you cheaper fees after the fact, it feels like you’re implying that our work isn’t worth it.

3. Some creative people struggle with typical 9 to 5 organizational norms. Not all photographers work normal hours. Spontaneous creativity sometimes clashes with traditional workplace dynamic. If we don’t answer your email within one business day, we’re not being neglectful or rude. We just work differently than you do.

4. We want your feedback. It helps us grow. But if you loved the shoot and you’re happy with your photos, please don’t feel the need to come up with a criticism for the sake of offering ‘helpful’ feedback. If you criticize our photos, we might take it very seriously. So if you love them, just tell us you love them. But if something is truly wrong with the shots, please let us know so we can improve.

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