memoriesoftomorrow wrote in post #16182578
It isn't a case of it looking it as art. It is a case of looking at what you want to do in the job you do. Granted there may be economic drivers for some photographers to work to a list like that but the great thing about the job is we have choice.
150 must have shots. Say allowing 2-3 minutes to set each one up, find the lighting, pose etc to match her requirements... that is 5 to 7.5 hours just for those shots. Some clients are just not worth it.
I wouldn't just be having a conversation with that bride. I'd be making sure my rear was covered in my contract (extensively) as there is every chance her expectations in one way or another wouldn't be matched.
I agree with you. It sounded like you were talking more upon principle than upon logistics. The comment about selective coloring tainted your response in my mind - just do what the client wants. I wouldn't walk away from a job or make my client unhappy because it's "not my style".
I agree with the other comment about charging appropriately for the shots she wants, provided that there's time for them.
Addiction2k wrote in post #16182710
But in my opinion the key is not to present this as she is unreasonable and can't do it. Present it as "this is what it takes to do what you want" and then present her with reasonable alternatives.
Agreed. This is what is meant to the saying "client is always right." They are not absolutely right, but make them feel as is they are and include them in your thought process and approach to the assignment as a professional.
PhotosGuy wrote in post #16182728
I had him categorize the list to...
1. MUST HAVE!
2. Would like to have.
3. Shots for the file.
4. Try for them if there's time.
Glad you brought that up. Out of a 150 shots, she must have some priority shots. First of all, we don't know what these 150 shots might be... some might be table arrangements, examples of kids running, other candid type shots that a photographer would try to grab anyway. Perhaps looking at the list, they aren't that bad and they don't all require set up time.
Secondly, the OP might want to ask her what are her 3 MUST HAVE shots for each part of the day - bridesmaids/groomsmen getting ready, bride/groom pre-ceremony, reception, etc...