I have some honest questions for past clients, present clients and future clients.
A photography seminar brought up a couple of issues I thought I’d ask here.
If you feel to qualify your response with your photography experience (specially how much you hire photographers and buy images) that’d be great.
Do you want less pictures to choose from? (no… seriously)
Am I giving too many… is it making your job too hard to pick.
Let’s say for Engagement or Bridals:
Would you print more images if I gave you JUST the top 20-40 creations instead of a choice of 200+ images (Even though I put my favorites at the beginning?)
More to think about:
Think about it.
I know this might be a scary standard for someone just getting into photography that might not do a good job at that selection process. But as for me, I’ve been doing this for a while. Do I stick with the overwhelming you with tons of choices or limit it down prior to you ever seeing them.
They say it’s been proven that you will order more and larger prints and actually do things with them (put them on walls etc) if they are selected down more.
I want people to USE the images more and to VALUE them more.
Should I share fewer?
Yes weddings will keep having a bunch because I’m documenting tons of aspects. But do you want fewer choices from each of those aspects.
Maybe it’s not just what you think you want… but what is better for YOU? I suspect you know what would be better for you.
Would you rather me take an extended period of time setting up one dynamic image or use that same period of time to take many very good but not quite as dynamic images? (Dynamic as in more “powerful” lighting and more epic staging, perhaps even more themed)
I try to document the personality of the whole event. That won’t change… but I can stop (maybe break the flow of the shoot) from time to time and spend the extra time (by both you and me) to make those really impressive images.
This will lead to less images in the long run but perhaps a few more (than usual) dynamic works of art to go on the wall.
Don’t get me wrong I get some pretty dynamic images at each wedding but… hopefully you know what I mean.
Should I make you take time out of a wedding day to make sure we schedule a couple of these more staged pictures.
To what extent? Is it one of those… you’ll thank me later things? I mean, one of my things is to let a wedding flow and make the least impact I can while still taking charge and getting solid images.
Where are you using these pictures? What’s your goal for their usage?
Where are they going to be put?
This will probably effect where I put my attention on that day.
I mean if you’re doing a big epic 30×40 enlargement an epic image for that print is probably even more apropos right?
I’ve said in the past beware the photographer that shows only around 5-20 images in their portfolio because it isn’t hard to show a few really good pictures.
What makes a good photographer is being able to take great pictures at EVERY photoshoot and can show you tons of great images. CONSISTENCY
I feel strongly about that and strongly about my consistency… but if all my clients don’t care and would appreciate fewer images I can make that happen. I can see the benefits.