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"With proper communication and planning, I can get you an image during an event." -- Andy Gottesman, Gottesman Photography
So the secret tip is using communication and planning? Yep. Here's some extra info and tips:
As always, I hope this is helpful information about how to work with your photographer for the best results possible!
Sometimes I can't. Does that make me a bad photographer?
The answer is no. And the list could go on and on. There are so many professions in the creative industry that seem to overlap more than they actually do.
Best bet? Just do your research and ask questions! No one will get mad at you for asking questions before trying to refer someone to you! We are grateful. :)
P.S. Do my photography skills overlap with anything in the list above? Nope. Happy to help you find someone though!
I never EVER expect people to shop local when they can't find something they really want/need from a local maker/service provider. BUT, if you do have the opportunity to find the item you're looking for locally, please do it.
For example, I committed to purchasing 100% of my holiday gifts locally this year. I bought gifts from Homage, Cuffed by Nano, Red Giraffe Designs, Happy Go Lucky, CubShrub, Celebrate Local, Black Radish Creamery, Watershed Distillery, Grandview Theater, Vernacular, and Grandview Heights Public Library Foundation.
Yes, I'm an early shopper and I know that makes me crazy.
So why do I stay committed? I actually explained this via a Facebook post last year:
Thanks to everyone who will support local this holiday season. Yes, Small Business Saturday is tomorrow, but every day of the year could include a better commitment to your local economy.
Happy (Black) Friday!
First, follow these steps:
Don't assume warm weather is the only time to utilize the outdoors for photographs.
What can be taken indoors (aka any time of the year!)?
Nearly anything, as long as 1) you're not looking for a specific outdoor look, and 2) you can find a photographer comfortable with indoor photography (likely with some studio lighting).
I met Brandi two years ago and within one month, we decided to begin working together. We started a small, intimate, monthly networking group. With photography and mindfulness, Brandi and I had no professional common ground - but we were excited, so we started with a group of ten women. The uncommon ground grew: holistic health, graphic design, art, consulting, writing, skincare, coaching, and education.
What we've been able to do with each other, for each other, and in support of each other is truly astonishing. We help each other grow our networks, we trade services, we have fun socially, and truly grow closer as friends each month.
My point? Don't grow only within your industry. Grow outside of it. You might grow taller than you ever imagined.
Interested in starting to use flash with your DSLR camera? Let's talk about it!
Just remember - there are huge differences between built-in and external flash options. If you want to have more control and have the option to make your photos as creative as you like, you'll need to purchase an external flash.
Always feel free to contact me with questions!
On top of that, I knew I didn't like working for others, but I didn't know how to get out of it. (During my time at Ohio State, classes about entrepreneurship weren't as common as they are today.)
In the fall of 2011, I bought a DSLR camera, thinking I'd never make $600 to justify the purchase. By the fall of 2016, I became a self-employed photographer.
What happened in those 5 years was unplanned, inconceivable, and incredibly life-changing.
So what if I made a 5-year plan and worse off, what if I followed it? What if it had to do with staying in the insurance industry? What if it meant I'd still be working for someone else? What if it didn't help me be happier? What if it made me think I shouldn't follow a dream?
I hate "what ifs." So I didn't make a 5-year plan. I didn't ask "what if." I just did it. But I can say, with great certainty, that if I had a 5-year plan and followed it, I wouldn't be as happy as I am today.
So how could a 5-year plan be dangerous? It could be dangerous if you're underestimating your own abilities.
What about you? Do you have a 5-year plan? Is it helping you or hurting you?
So here's where a client's mindfulness, planning, and communication come into play - events might be several hours long - and sometimes there's some sticker shock because of that.
I actually remind clients that my presence at an event that's several hours long potentially isn't the best use of a their money. (Wait, am I asking to be paid less? Am I hurting myself by doing this? No - they usually hire me because they see I'm just trying to be helpful.)
Example: Client A is having a half-day annual conference at the Convention Center. They want photography of two speakers presenting, the crowd's engagement, and one large group photo. Speaker 1 is presenting from 8:30-10am, there's a break from 10-10:30am, and speaker 2 will present from 10:30-11:30am. Most clients would ask for a quote for 3 hours (8:30-11:30am).
Before I go on with how this isn't my recommendation, especially if you have a budget, consider this: think about fireworks photos. While taking them, you think you're getting 50 excellent photos. But when you review them later, they kind of all look the same. That's the secret to event photography unless something special is happening at different times throughout the event. You might not need a photographer for the whole event - just parts of it.
Back to Client A. I'd recommend that I be hired for event photography from 9:30-11am (1.5 hours). Why? I'd get 30 minutes of speaker 1 (and the crowd), I'd ask for 5-10 minutes during the break to take the group photo, then I'd stay for the first 30 minutes of presenter 2's presentation, and also get more photos of the crowd. Now Client A has all the photography they need at half the cost. And at least I get hired by staying within their budget. (And likely they refer me to others because not only do they like my work, but are so pleased with how helpful I was.)
I posted a message on Facebook that said "FREE HEADSHOT if you give me 5 minutes of your time for an upcoming project. Email me for details!"
Within 24 hours, 40 people emailed me - see the screenshot above! I linked them to a Doodle Poll registration with a 30-minute block on one single day. Fifteen people registered. Two emailed me the week before and said their schedule had changed. Three emailed me the day of and said something came up. Out of the ten remaining, four didn't show and six came to get a free headshot.
So is this a fair exchange?
My personal thoughts:
What about your thoughts - was it a fair exchange?
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