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rant: Networking Response to "I like to take pictures too!"

 
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Oct 18, 2009 11:35 |  #1

I only used lowercase 'rant' because it's really a little one, but here goes!

I've got the website, the business cards, the talent, the equipment. I'm primarily pets, people, and commercial.

One way I market myself is networking events. I'm a good networker, very two ways about it - I'll help others with contacts and business and I trust it'll work both ways.

So what do you say to the 'numbsckull" who interrupts my 30-second commercial and says "I like to take pictures too! You could all call me." I think he was an insurance agency.

Internally, I came up with some great retorts and the group was appalled, but this isn't the first time some one has said "I can take pictures too," or some other coment.

I'd never tell a dog groomer "I can brush my dog, too." or a resume writer "I have a PC and Word, I can make resumes too!"

I told this guy "That's great that you love photography, too" or some such.

Anyone have a graceful retort?


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Oct 18, 2009 12:09 |  #2

I'm not really clear on the context of what happened here, but basically you want to defuse the interruption. A simple "Yes, all of us here enjoy taking pictures at some time or another, or appreciate a fine photograph, and that's why I'm here to tell you about....." Something along those lines. You DO NOT want to engage in verbal sparring with somebody who obviously doesn't have any decorum or sense of manners. That will only make it worse, with possibly more and worse comments. - Stu


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Oct 18, 2009 12:15 |  #3

... a few more thoughts: if he persists in this behavior, thank him for his input, tell him you'd like to hear more in detail, one on one, right after you have completed the presentation. This shows you as a pleasant, patient and calm individual willing to give folks the "time of day" for their views. It also hopefully ends the interruption.


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Oct 18, 2009 12:37 as a reply to  @ sapearl's post |  #4

I spoke with him after the table session and asked him about his photography. Turns out he took a great picture of a sunset in Hawaii. :-P

The problem is a way to differentiate me from taking the picture yourself! "I've got better equipment" is snarky, "I've got a great eye" is worthless. "I'm reliable," or "We'll have a contract with deliverables and dates," is kind of good.

Maybe a graceful: "I'm always thrilled to meet someone who appreciates photography," is easiest.

Sure beats my idea to fly across the table and beat him senseless.


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Oct 18, 2009 12:44 |  #5

Just politely, say, "no.. I mean in a professional capacity" when he says that. He then will have to either BS that he's professional too, or give you the ground and say something like "oh, yeah, I just shoot for fun" etc..




  
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Oct 18, 2009 16:42 |  #6

"...that's great... <then go on as if he never said a word>..."


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Oct 22, 2009 23:11 |  #7

Todd Lambert wrote in post #8845110 (external link)
Just politely, say, "no.. I mean in a professional capacity" when he says that. He then will have to either BS that he's professional too, or give you the ground and say something like "oh, yeah, I just shoot for fun" etc..

Depending on the networking event this could really easily make you "that guy".

The unfortunate truth is that the guys that most often seem to make the really oddball comment make them regardless of whom they are talking to. This can be to your advantage as there is a good chance that the others you are talking to have had their elevator speech cut off in the same way.

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Oct 23, 2009 11:11 |  #8

The first thing I always say to someone who is a "photographer too" is "Awesome! What kind of camera do you shoot with?" They will more often then not mention a Canon Rebel of some sort. Sometimes they'll even say "Oh, I just have a little crappy camera right now." I then say "Cool! I shoot with a Canon 1-series. It's a tank. You want to see it?" When I pull that out with a 70-200 2.8 attached it pretty much makes me the Alpha Male and defuses the situation.

If my camera isn't near by I can alternatively say "Cool! Can I see some of your work? Oh you don't have any of it on you? Want to see my work?" Then I pull out my portfolio on my iphone and after showing a few fashion shots and my landscapes and lightning bolt work I am back in control.

But, yes, it does happen quite often. More often when I am out in public with camera. I usually bring my camera to restaurants or bars after shoots to review the pictures and have a drink and I almost always have someone approach who is a "photographer too".


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Oct 23, 2009 15:14 |  #9

Them: I'm a photographer, too.
Me: Cool.
Them: (shuffles feet)


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Oct 26, 2009 13:07 as a reply to  @ photoguy6405's post |  #10

Do you have sex with your wife? You do? I guess you are a porn star too...


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Oct 26, 2009 14:47 |  #11

bwolford wrote in post #8897938 (external link)
Do you have sex with your wife? You do? I guess you are a porn star too...

No. Just "like" one.


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Oct 26, 2009 18:29 |  #12
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What's a networking event? Like a photographer's trade show? I'd just ignore him, let the observer make the decision..whatever that may be.


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Oct 26, 2009 20:04 |  #13

You could just acknowledge him and say "that's how I started, now I'm a professional photographer"




  
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