So, I have been working on building my business now for the last two years and have had some really good experiences and a few not so good but great learning experiences. I have heard tail of them, but up to now I have not really had a shoot gone bad. So here is my story to share.
Shoot was scheduled for 3:30, with the weather being actually pretty good for a pre evening engagement shoot. I did not know the area at all, but after some research and help from the B&G we chose a location, the botanical gardens in Berkeley. So, I arrive on location on time and early to find a 200 guest reception taking place and no parking at all. then, my cell phone is dead. Way dead. and the charge cord not working. Client phone number on phone, wife at home not answering (from the store phone, the clerk was very helpful), and its almost time for them to arrive.
I decide to wait, and catch them. No show... now what's up. So I go looking for a place to buy a cord. Find one after driving around a bit at a local radio shack. Get phone charged up. Contact clients. They are running late, but are in route. I go back to where I was. No client. I find out that there are two botanical garden locations. yes two. I'm at the wrong one. So I get the right one. Its now 4:15 and the park closes at 5.
Clients look great, lighting is awesome, and all the elements are there to salvage this except for a nasty ranger pushing us out of the park. I get him to give us a pass for a few and we click out a few shots, rushed and cold.
I did manage to get off a few good shots, but the rushed atmosphere, everyone being late, and the anxious ranger to close the park really spoiled what I find to be the best part of a wedding package, the engagement shoot. I felt really bad for them. The wedding is pretty close, at the end of the month, so a re-shoot is not an option. But I did offer to do a couples shoot after the wedding or a trash the dress for free to make it up for them.
So there is my bad shoot story. Does anyone else have one to share?