Hey guys. Welcome back, this post is dedicated to all of my future photographers out there that want to take pictures, or are already photographers. I am personally not a photographer, so you are all amazing.
Here is some advice from a girl who has worked with several photographers. A few do's and don'ts, because I want you guys to get some customers and grow!
So, to start things off let me tell you how most of my photoshoots work; because I have about 1.8k followers on Instagram, and about 500 views per blog post, my photshots are usually done through collaboration's. They do my photos for free, then I get on social media and I brag about how talented they are. I've never worked with a bad photographer, (well, at least back then I haven't) so I had no problem showing off their gorgeous work. If I ever wanted to work with them again in the future, I have to pay. Which is MORE than reasonable. All of my photographer friends charge so nicely, it is such a good deal. I've never worked with an awful photographer. Until prom night...
On March first, prom night was approaching! I had a cute date, a cute dress, and I was so excited for my junior year prom. I was scrolling through Instagram and looking at Instagram stories. A local photographer from Provo, Utah posted on her story "Anyone down to shoot?" and there was a picture of her camera in the background. I thought to myself "Oh it's been awhile since I've done a shoot." So I slide up and offer myself to shoot with her. She agreed and named some dates she was available, but they were all around prom weekend. So I explain that I would have to wait until the next week considering prom was coming up, she then asked if we had a prom photographer. And we didn't, so she offered her services. I explained to her that we would love to have her and I would praise her in shoutouts with the pictures.
March third, prom day!! We met the photographer at the capital building before our dinner. We took several shots and she was such a nice girl. I've seen her work before and I knew people that she's worked with before. So I was fairly confident in her. The photoshoot felt good. But I didn't hear from her until about Tuesday. Finally I asked her where our photos were, and offered to blog post about her as well, and praise her on Facebook, and give her a little bit of money. (When I said a little bit of money, I meant about twenty dollars considering we never talked about charging me at all in the first place). She then comes back and charges me 80 dollars. Ten dollars, per photo. WHAT? TEN DOLLARS A PHOTO? I have never heard of a local photographer (she isn't professional, she's local) charge per photo. How long the shoot is, or what event it is is usually how my local friends charge. So, at this point I am desperate and I pay her the money because I really want my photos. I had such a fun night and a handsome date with such a cool group, so I wanted to brag about it to the whole world with photos for proof. After I pay her, she doesn't give me the photos for a really long time. (AFTER I pay her.) I'm sorry but if you charge a 16 year old eighty dollars for photos, can you at least be ready to give them to her when she pays you? Finally we get about five photos. Even though I gave her 80 dollars. And these are the two photos I received;
Okay, if you are a beginner photographer and if these were free, I would understand. But this lady has done several shoots before. And none of her photos are this awfully edited. Plus, 80 dollars for these? Really?!?!?!? That is ridiculous!!! We ask for the original photos or at least the photos without so much filter and lighting editing and she refused to give it to us because she "doesn't give out raw photos". This lady, that is an adult, ripped off a group of teenage kids, for PROM PICTURES. So my fellow photographers that are reading this- please do not rip off your clients like this.
So, my date is really mad. So he talks to his sister, and her photographer friend offers to redo our photos for free. So the Saturday after we dress up again and go to a new location to meet this girl, and I just barely got my photos back. And look at how GORGEOUS THESE ARE!
Now these are eighty dollar worthy photos. But, she charged us not even a penny because she heard our story and she was kind enough to re-do them. Thank you Whitney Mecham for saving the day and doing our prom pictures again. Click on her name and it will take you to her Instagram page where you can see more of this talented girls work. To my future photographers, that is a major do in your photography life.
Thanks for reading this long as heck blog post! I hope this teaches you all photographers what to NOT do, haha. Have an amazing week guys.