10 Things Your Photographer Wished You Knew

04th May 2016
In: Blog
This isn’t a moan, or a whine, a cry for help, it's not even a rant (I typed this is a calm and relaxed manner!)…..it’s just a list of common misconceptions I’ve picked up on in the years I've been interacting with prospective clients, clients and other photographers. We're all here for you, and to make you look great, but there are some common assumptions about photography and photographers doing the rounds....
So let’s clear the air, read on to discover (in no particular order) the ten things many photographers wish you knew…

1. We Are Always Working
There is a wide spectrum of photography genres, but the ones you are most likely to come into contact with such as; wedding, family, newborn, boudoir etc, work mostly weekends, afternoons and evenings to accommodate their clients’ needs. This schedule, in most cases, this is the polar opposite of their family and friends, meaning they are giving up precious and valuable time of their own to capture and record your memories.

2. We Are Not Millionaires…
I’ve heard this a few times at portrait sessions before…“£65 an hour? That’s a great hourly rate”….if only it were! Photographers’ pricing is a much talked about subject, especially how high it is. Photographers in general are creative types, and aren’t usually motivated by money, but without it their businesses would not survive. There is much more to a portrait session than simply taking the photographs. There’s the preparation, communicating with, and visiting the client, editing, ordering, and delivering. The list is quite long. In fact most client’s session will take around 10-15 hours from start to finish. Add to this the cost of running the business and, buying equipment, it’s certainly not the get-rich-quick goldmine that it may appear to be. So next time you shake your head at what you might see as an inflated price tag, have a think about how much work goes on behind the scenes.



3. Give Credit Where Credit is Due.
We have feelings too. We treat all our work with special care and attention and are deeply connected to what we produce. What hurts most is seeing our images on social media with the logo cropped out and no credit given. Aside from the fact that the legal obligations of copyright have been ignored, it shows little respect or of the photographer’s work. We know you and your family look great in the shots, but it is the vision and skill of the photographer that helped you look that way, surely we should get a little thanks for that?

4. Photoshop Is Not A Magic Wand
There is an expectation from non-photographers that Photoshop will cure and fix all problems. A bad image is a bad image, no matter how much photo-shopping is applied to it. We get the shot right in camera, and use PS to enhance it and make you look your absolute best. Be in control of how you look too. If you don’t like the colour of your jumper or the logo on it, wear something else. Don’t expect your photographer to fix all your dislikes. We like to spend time enhancing, not correcting.

5. A Camera Takes a Picture, Not Makes It
Please don’t tell your photographer that the reason the images are so good is down the camera….Yes the cameras are expensive, but it’s the photographer that makes the picture. Everything is done with purpose and for a reason; the location, the lighting, the pose, the angles and even the lens used. So yes, the camera may be great, but it can’t work on its own.



6. You’ve selected your Photographer for A Reason – Trust Them
Hopefully you would have looked through the photographer’s portfolio before booking them, so you’d have seen their particular style. If you don’t see what you want in their gallery, the chances are it’s not the kind of thing they do. Trust them to produce the style of images that you have seen in their gallery. Respect their creativity, don’t expect them to copy images you’ve seen elsewhere online.

7. We Won’t Judge You (We Think You’re Beautiful)
After all you are all unique. Our job is to bring out you and your personality in the photographs. Who cares if you are seven pounds from your goal weight, or you think you don’t look perfect. Your family will love and cherish the images we produce



8. Pre-Christmas is Our Hell
October, November and December are generally the busiest months for a portrait photographer. The combination of Autumn shoots and Christmas gift orders makes it ridiculous at times, so be prepared early. If you want a photo-shoot so you can give the resulting photos as Christmas Gifts, organise your session for summer (or early autumn at the very latest). It will avoid the disappointment of not getting that prized session and pictures in time for the big day.

9. Your Children Aren’t Naughty…
….they’re just being children, and they’re all the same. Children make the sessions the fun and unique, we will embrace this, work with it and enjoy the fact it’s happening. So please don’t stress about it, relax and enjoy the ride!

10. I Get Nervous Before Every Shoot and Image Reveal
So it’s not just you. It is a good thing (for me anyway!) it keeps me on point and performing at my best.
Like all creatives, we bare our souls a little when we produce our work, and all in our own styles. All we ask is that you try to understand what, why and how we do what we do. After all, we take photographs because we love to create, and we love to work with people....simple really.





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