Be smart and be safe – Part I
I had the extreme pleasure of working with Maria recently. I just love working with her as she has a sensual playfulness about her – not to mention eyes that memorize the camera every time she looks into it. Anytime I get a chance to work with her I’ll be there camera in hand. To paraphrase the song – I’ll stop the world to photograph her.
One of the most common concerns I hear from those considering a session is that they have doubts about safety. I understand that concern completely. After all, you are baring yourself physically and emotionally, to someone you just might have met. It can be a little unnerving, even when it’s with someone you know.
Allow me to offer suggestions of things you should look for and questions you should ask in determining whether or not you should do a session with not only me but anyone.
The first thing you should do is look at their work. For a photographer, images are our resume and calling card. Anyone can talk up a storm about how great a photographer they are and how wonderful their sessions go but, as the saying goes, the proof is in the pudding. The images are the pudding.
Do the images on their site reflect someone with a higher skill set and years of experience or are the images amateurish? Do they offer several images from each session showing they can perform through-out the session or are they just the “Greatest Hits”? Anyone, over the course of years, can generate some strong images to show. Now, to be honest, someone that has been doing it for years and years may cull down the images to the best of the best but the image quality will still reflect their level of experience. If not, that might be a warning flag.
Look at the site itself. Do the images provided mesh with the text? Does the text talk about years of experience but the images don’t show it?
Yes, I know anyone can fork over some money to get a nice site built but again, do the images match the text? Is the site professionally laid out and easy to navigate? If all if it is a single page with little to no text and a couple of shots that seem to have been shot with a point and shoot but yet the photographer presents themselves as a seasoned pro…well, that should be another flag.
Ok, if everything looks good so far then you can choose to do a session. If there’s still doubts then you still have options. Read the next entry to learn more about assuring doubts on safety.