I don’t see anyone as a competitor – a strange but by any means not arrogant sentence to start a blog with. But it’s true. Photography is a very personal service.
You wouldn’t take anyone for your brides made or best man would you? Or you wouldn’t let joe blogs randomly pick the kids up from school would you?
When you look into a camera lens it’s got to be with conviction, with a smile, there has to be a connection between you(bride, groom, child, family), you have to feel at ease and relaxed.
Next time you see a friends wedding images or family portrait shoot in your Facebook newsfeed, look deeply into the faces on the image, do they look like they want to be there’s? If they have an awkward look upon their face they’ve maybe made the wrong choice for a photographer.
I’m not saying book me for every photo shoot or wedding, by any means I’m relaxed, unobtrusive and listen to every clients need, whether for a commercial photo shoot, wedding or that precious family snap – they are your images, your living room wall not mine. But you might find you want some one a little more strict and forceful to make sure those images are done. Each client (that’s you) have a different perception about what you expect from a photographer so there is no such thing as competition.
Yes you may be governed by the finacial aspect of affording a photographer, and yes the photographer might be DBS checked with all the relavant insurances and work from a studio, but if he or she is not right for you you still won’t get the perfect image you want for the living room wall.
So next time your looking for a photographer take a little time to get to know them, if they don’t have the time to sit with a cuppa and chat to you, are they really right for you? Are they wanting your business for the right reason? Do they want you as a client or do they want your money and you out the door?