Trust me! Being thoughtful, and nice to your photographer goes a really long way.
We don’t expect it.
We deal with so many folks who treat us like it’s an inconvenience for them to have to deal with us, like we are taking their time away from so many more worthwhile things they could be doing. After all, we’re just “the help“.
Forget that we are the expert aforementioned clients had to search out and hire for said expertise… because… well… that apparently makes no difference. 😉
So when you are not only polite and friendly, but actually do something kind and generous – like bringing along cool drinks not just for yourselves but for us too? It honestly knocks us on our butts and just makes us want to create all the more spectacular images for you. LOL So yeah! Be nice. 🙂 It goes a long way.
And a big thank you to this evenings clients, Jen and Martin, for inspiring this blog post with their lovely (and refreshingly cool) gesture. 🙂 It was very much appreciated.
In my role as photographer, I often go out of my way to help ensure the comfort of my clients. And that includes trying to keep them out of the scorching, midday, summer sun. I try to keep afternoon shoots indoors at this time of year, but occasionally a client will have their heart set on being outside. So, I’ll put myself in the line of fire trying to keep them as cool as possible – a family photo shoot that ends in the E.R. dealing with sunstroke or worse is hardly the type of memory I’d like to leave people with. Most of the time, folks don’t notice. And honestly? I’m okay with that. But when you do notice, and you take the time to inquire as to my comfort, I do appreciate it.
One of my shoots today was outside, shortly after high noon, with the blazing heat beating down on us. And as always, I did my best to keep the family comfortable and feeling good about things. This time though, my efforts did not go unnoticed. They saw me in the direct sunlight after ensuring they were in the shade, and though I laughed it off… I appreciated their concern. It’s nice that they noticed. It’s nice that my efforts were appreciated. I am glad I could help make them feel more at ease, and I’m glad I was there to help capture a few special moments for them.