I came across a really good article about things photographers hate to hear and I'm going to put my 2 cents in on each one. I'll link the original post at the bottom of the page. I'm going to list them as they are on the article and follow up with my opinion, because I just LOVE giving my opinion! So here we go....
1. “Let’s Do This Thing I Saw On Pinterest!”
I actually don't hate this. I advise boudoir clients, wedding clients, seniors, and sometimes other clients depending on the type of session to make a board on Pinterest. The main reason is so I can get an understanding for their style. There are times that I go completely blank because I feel like I've done every pose. I'll look at Pinterest and show the client something that's been pinned and do something along those lines. Just don't ask me to recreate every photo you have pinned. I've never had a client say this, "but it looks so much better on Pinterest", I'm not trying to do EXACTLY what was on Pinterest. All photographers are different, there is not a single one that is the same. Please don't expect something you see on Pinterest to look EXACTLY the same. Even if 5 photographers were to recreate the same shot, you’ll see a difference in all of them. There are also no two clients that are the same. Maybe the picture on Pinterest was more photogenic. I don't feel like Pinterest is a way of stealing someones idea. I personally think that if you don't want your ideas used then don't put them on Pinterest. To me, that's what Pinterest is for, to share ideas so others can use them.
2. Being Treated Like a Terrorist In Public Places
I can't personally speak on this because I've never felt that way.
3. Competing For Attention With Cell Phone Photographers
I love what the author has to say about this in the article. The perfect example is at weddings. It's so damn annoying having guests step out in front of you when the bride is walking down the aisle. I've had other instances where I'm doing a group shot and there is one or a few people in the group not looking at me but looking at someone that is taking a picture with their phone. I just want to say, "Hello?!, I'm the one with the camera, I was hired to shoot this wedding!". This is an example of your photos not looking how I want because not everyone is looking at me and that drives me crazy when the photo is perfect but some of the bridal party are looking at the camera. Just like the author says in the article if you're ever a client or part of the bridal party you should just know that you should probably be looking at the actual photographer. It may sound like I'm saying look at me, look at me, I'm the big bad photographer but I am indeed the photographer. Here is the link for my Wedding FAQ's blog post.
4. “Gorgeous photo! You must have a great camera!”
This one is so annoying and just plain stupid! What if you're a baker and I said, "that was a great cake, you must have a great oven!" What?! No! It's not the camera that makes the photo. The photographer takes the photo and then MAKES the photo. I've seen some amazing photos from cheap point and shoots. It's just a complete insult to the photographer and obviously to your intelligence. A nice camera always helps but it definitely is NOT the only factor.
5. "Let's Put The Baby In This!"
I will be the first to admit that I am not an expert or even close to photographing newborns. Being a newborn photographer is a whole different ball game. I give HUGE props to newborn photographers.. Most of the time the baby is never in or on what you see. It's all the magic of editing. Like the baby hanging from the tree branch...nope. Even the baby propped up on it's elbows, is not real. Below is a video of the editing process of editing a newborn picture. Click here to see the video. Video courtesy of Kindred Moments Photography.
6. “Can I Get All The Original RAW Photos From The Shoot?”
No, absolutely not! No chance! Not happening! No! That was the best answer I have, lol. I want my best work to be out there, not the unedited, straight off the camera images. My touch and style comes out mostly when I'm retouching and editing the photos. Daniela Bowker says is best, "Asking a photography to hand over a memory card, USB, or DVD of raw images is akin to asking an author to present you with their book in manuscript format: unedited, unformatted, and including the paragraphs and chapters that didn't make it."
7. When You Edit Our Photos And Put Them On Facebook
I'm sorry but they tend to look like hell! And it's a violation of the contract you signed. It's also against the law because going against a contract is illegal. Remember, it's our work and you are not to edit or alter them.
8. Never Having Good Photos of Ourselves
I usually don’t care for most photos of myself that was not taken by an actual photographer. That's all....
9. When You Make Us Miss The Good Light
Photographers tend to or at least try to schedule when the lighting is good outside when the shoot is outside. There is that time in the day where the sun is perfect and the photos turn out just amazing if you can catch it at the right time. So just don't show up late, no matter when you're scheduled. The photo below is a perfect example of a photo taken at the golden hour. Photo courtesy of Amy Clemons.
10. Terrible Photography Clichés
There are trends in photography that just need to go away. Sometimes they may look cool but don't do it in every photo! I'll give the examples the author of the article talks about. When the photo is black and white but there is one thing left in color. Yes, I've done it before. But it was when I first started. I've learned a lot since then. Thinking that crooked photos look good. Crooked photos drive me crazy! There are a few times when you can pull this off but most of the time I'm in Photoshop and I'm straightening EVERY photo the best I can.
Here is the original article: 10 Things Photographers Freaking Hate With a Passion.
What are your thoughts from the perspective of a client? If you are a photographer, what do you think? Let me know in the comments!