Dance to the Tunes
What possibly can you mean by dance to the tunes again?
I guess you are wondering how I come up with such titles, don’t worry. Enjoy the article and learn a thing or two from it.
Let’s get into it
By dancing to the tunes, I am talking straight to those who consider going into wedding photography or perhaps you are a York wedding photographer. Since you are into wedding photography and you get contracted by the intending couple to cover their wedding ceremony from probably the engagement, pre wedding photo shoot, wedding rehearsal, wedding ceremony and the reception party. Yes you are good at what you do but I implore you to dance to the tunes which simply means follow what you are asked to do.
Of course I am contracted to take photos
Indeed you are contracted to take photos but are you that type of York wedding photographer who insists on capturing shots your own way or you impose your concept of photography on those you work for. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not bad to suggest a particular concept to your clients but don’t try to impose it on them. Remember they contracted you for the job and before doing so, they had an idea of what they wanted to achieve from the photo shoot and the background cover they desire for the official photos.
But I am a professional and sometimes the clients are wrong
Never tell your client that he/she is wrong, it is not a professional thing to do. You rather guide them in making the right choices by suggesting some concepts or modifying their concepts to achieve excellent output. And if you face a client who believes his/her opinion on something cannot change and despite your advice, he/she prefers to do it their way, then you have to take a step back and follow their wishes.
Are you in the category of my work must be exceptional?
I recently had a chat with a York wedding photographer who told me he was contacted by an Asian couple but the concept of what they wanted for their pre wedding shoot was bad and will make the entire thing look shabby. So he told me he tried to persuade them to modify the concept to a more realistic and modern idea, yet they declined. Guess what he did? Instead of him to give them what they wanted, he told me he backed down from the project, he declined the offer and asked them to contract another photographer. Why? Because he said ‘my work must be exceptional’. I admired his work ethic and the fact that he had created a peculiar brand and standard for himself and didn’t want to go back on that because of one job, so he chose rather to reject the work.
What is the moral of this?
As professionals or amateurs in wedding photography, it is good to be exceptional in your work and brand yourself but also when given a contract, you have to dance to the tunes of what you are being asked to project or cover, and otherwise you decline the work. The clients are going to pay for the services rendered, so the least you could do is give them a good delivery of such work by dancing to their tunes or you don’t get involved at all.