A photographer is skilled in capturing the image of relationships; relationships between a couple, or between family members or the relationship of a person to their surroundings. What photographers tend to have more difficulty with is maintaining relationships with their clients. Those interested in the artistic side of the photography tend to want to capture a great picture and move onto the next subject. There is soooooo much to capture in this world that it is hard to concentrate on one subject or subjects for a long time or for multiple times. At the very same time that that thought process is going through our heads, it is well known that artist have muses; people or things that inspire us to create beautiful images. We try to maintain a relationship with these people as much as possible. Which brings me to the topic of this blog. Cheating.
Quite often, a client will not be able to use you again. It may be because you shot them originally because you happened to be in their town and they live far away. Or maybe they could only afford your fees that one time. Or (gasp) they didn't like working with you or didn't like your finished product. The reasons are endless. These days where every picture people take or have taken end up on Facebook and sometimes you see people that you worked with displaying pictures taken by another photographer. Sometimes it's Sears-like stuff but sometimes it's professional artistic stuff and then we photogs feel cheated on....well at least I do! Hahahaha As I mentioned, I know that there are many factors that go into a client using another photographer but it's always a weird feeling to see someone that you were able to create amazing images with using someone else. But should I? Do fashion photographers feel a tinge of jealousy when they see a model that they used show up in another persons portfolio? Probably not.
But what about the client? Do people stick with photographers like they do with , say a plumber or handyman? Do people see photographers as a dime a dozen or do people stick with good ones when they find one? Like I said, photographers have a hard time maintain relationships sometimes. Maybe it's because we're thinking about stuff like this!
As always, staying in focus...see u in the next frame.