Ego’s and No Go’s

July 15, 2019  •  1 Comment

It’s a funny old game being a photographer. Everyone can do it you see, everyone is a photographer and everyone has taken a ‘nice photo’ at on point in their life.

So the progress from there is rather simple, new camera, new business card (visaprint £5.99 per 100) and voila, a photographer is formed.

Then there’s the opposite end, the egomaniac with confidence long gone which has been replaced by arrogance and smarm so thick it should be called Paolo the Waiter.

It is the latter who are killing our industry. Overcharging for images that are no better than everyone else, often an awful lot worse, and, as for those who say you get what you pay for, wrong, wrong, very bloody wrong.

All the fancy letters after your name is NEVER a guarantee of quality, it simply means that a panel of ‘experts’ at one time in one place liked your work. On another day they might not, so you FRPS types, don’t get above your station, you are not worth it, and you’re clients will quickly realise it.

To illustrate this, I last week photographed a wedding and before it all started I was speaking to one of the bridesmaids (aged 9), she told me that she wanted to be a photographer so I gave her my second spare camera (the one stored in the boot of my car for THAT million pound shot).

I attach one of the photos which says it all but there were many more to choose from.

I have a theory that the price pros charge are directly related to the size of their ego’s, and yes, yes, yes, I know I’m way too cheap, but you know what, I’m making a good living thank you kindly, and if I am, then they are…well…

Then you’ll find the new ‘documentary wedding photographer’, or as I like to call them a non-people-person people photographer, or, ‘I’m to shy to organise groups.’

How can you claim to be a people photographer when you can’t communicate?

Also, don’t get me started on the modern photographers dress sense, or lack of it. Jeans ARE NOT APPROPRIATE at weddings, it shows a real lack of respect which will lead to a earl lack of repeat business.

Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t know everything about the art of photography, I don’t have all the answers, yes I was well trained but that was almost 40 years ago. And here’s the clever bit. You will never stop learning if you do it right. If you embrace the art and see where it can go.

Sometimes something fancy works, sometime it doesn’t but again, it is an art, we are creatives, we try to explore.

Those with natural skill, a humble outlook and a sunny disposition, together with an inbuilt professional pride will always beat the Ego’s and the No Go’s.

Jon x

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It’s a funny old game being a photographer. Everyone can do it you see, everyone is a photographer and everyone has taken a ‘nice photo’ at on point in their life.

It’s a funny old game being a photographer. Everyone can do it you see, everyone is a photographer and everyone has taken a ‘nice photo’ at on point in their life.
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