Last week I was in a foul mood. I had three photo shoots fall through and one of the models couldn’t even be bothered to return my email.
I’m in the midst of switching photography consultants and I interviewed two consultants over the past couple weeks to see who is a better fit. During the calls the goal was to fill them in on my marketing efforts, my photography and get their thoughts on the direction of both.
So much for El Niño dumping rain on Los Angeles this winter. I had high hopes for these great shoots in the rain but came to the conclusion that shooting in the rain isn’t all I had hoped it would be.
It’s been a busy week. I’ve had four requests for estimates and they all have the potential to turn into real jobs. I get a fair about of requests for quotes but a lot of those calls are just people looking for a dollar amount. Their decision is largely based on budget. Quality, style, the right photographer are all trumped by the all mighty dollar. This week I had conversations with all of of these potential clients and even though all the conversations were promising, I could have talked myself out of a job in every case.
Every photo my clients see gets edited in Photoshop. It could be as simple as an adjustment of the colors or contrast or a little dodging and burning but they all get a little love. The images in my portfolios and the final images I present to clients get a bit more love. This is the reality of professional photography. It’s not that what you see in magazines isn’t real, it’s that it’s a slightly improved reality. When I shoot head shots and portraits I like to tell my clients that I want the result of my retouching to look like they’ve just come off a week-long vacation and had the best night’s sleep in their life. I don’t set out trying to make a sixty year old look like she’s 40 (although one client had me take off a lot of years).
I get the pleasure of of meeting and working with a lot of talented people. Since I started giving photography a shot (professionally) in 2004 I’ve worked with hundreds makeup artists, stylists, models, musicians, chefs, designers, architects; business owners, and of course actors. Witnessing the growth and success of these people is an incredible experience.
Last night, while watching Jeff Bridges introduce the nominees for the actress in a leading roll, I was blown away when he introduced Jennifer Lawrence for her performance in Winter’s Bone. I met and worked with Jennifer in 2006. At the time, she was all of 15 years old. With the help of Valerie Noble on hair and makeup, and wardrobe help from Elmer Ave we made some amazing images that still stand today. Congratulations Jennifer.