Amended with my own answers, but originally from whatculture.com, many things not to say to a photographer. Or me. Or any other creative type for that matter!!
- We can’t pay you, but the exposure will be great.
Uhm, no thanks. Exposure doesn’t pay my bills. Good day to you, sir. I SAID GOOD DAY!
- When the model looks nothing like what you booked.
Basically, natural is key. Though I don’t agree with the way the original article handled this point – as long as you have an updated, make up free photo of yourself, that really helps.
- Do not put an Instagram filter over the photos!
Please let a professional edit the images, and if referring to point 2, no filters whatsoever.
- Always add credit but first, ALWAYS ASK THE PHOTOGRAPHER BEFORE POSTING ANYTHING!
Okay, this is where it gets messy. Do NOT post a photographers image without credit. You’ll be in a whole world of pain otherwise. It’s unprofessional and it makes you look bad.
- You’re so young?
Nope, just look alright for my age! If the photographer is younger (and not me!), don’t forget in some schools, you can study Photography as an A Level, possibly even at GCSE!
- It’s just clicking a button.
NO. IT. IS. NOT. Holy mother of defecation. Would you like a lesson on how to use a professional DSLR? May I suggest signing up for a degree. You’re going to need it…
- You charge how much?
Yes. Yes I do. See point 6 – and may I also set a friendly reminder, the 3 P’s. Pre-Production, Production and Post-Production. Okay, there’s 5, but it’s only 3 actions 😉 Also, hiring kit, location fees, if any, insurance for both you AND the photographer AND the photography kit. And expenses. Go with someone cheaper, you get what you pay for.
- Back in my day, we did real photography with film.
Guess what? I do too. Tell me, when was the last time you used a large format camera?
- After hours in make up, not liking the make up.
Suck it up, if it’s for a commercial piece and you’re on assignment as you’re a model? Make do. If not, at least communicate with the photographer and the make up artist what you’re looking for, bring pictures if you have to!
- Being underpriced by amateurs.
See the answer to point 7 – you get what you pay for.
- Your photos are so good; your camera must be great!
Hm. I will stare you down. Hard down. Stop and think about what you just said!!
- I want a Hollywood sized photoshoot production for five quid and no experience.
We can do that… In your wildest dreams. You’re looking at spending £1k minimum, FYI. That’s if you don’t want it to look cheap and tacky.
- You’re a photographer? So do you shoot weddings or babies?
If you’ve done your research about me, you’ll know I don’t do either. Unless it’s for friends who need me in particular. I have a different angle on my photography.
- Working as a collaboration, yet doing all the work.
Though I don’t mind this personally, as at least I know that I can rely on myself, what’s worse is someone saying they’ll do something and not pull through. Nope. Nope. No. Don’t even go there.
- Everyone always wanting to look at the back of the camera, or getting sneak peeks.
Again, I don’t mind a little bit of peeking, but constantly? No. Stop. The shoot will just take way longer!!
- You’re invited to our wedding! Can you bring your camera?!
Look. You’re either hiring me in a professional capacity, or you’re inviting me as a guest. You can’t have the best of both worlds.
P.S. No, I’m not lowering my fees.
Original Source: WhatCulture.com
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