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I doubt that this helps any Rise, but a while back I had a potential Client come to me wanting some of their hand blown glass art shot. As I’m sure you are aware glass is one of the more difficult subjects to shoot correctly and they had seen some work of the same nature I had done for another Client. They wanted jury submissions, retail website, and print media. No clue what would be required for anything (file types/sizes/jury requirements, nothing). They just wanted me to provide all their answers and fulfill those needs.
So cool! I told them I would be happy to shoot for them, handle all their legwork, and submit a finished package to them ready to fulfill all their requirements. I submitted itemized pricing for approval including time already spent liaising with their printer and website guru.
You would have thought that I had killed their dog on purpose in front of their children! They would get what they wanted done and they would get it done substantially cheaper than my rates.
Well, they couldn’t find another photographer (good or bad) that would even touch a glass assignment.
So in their infinite wisdom they decided to DIY it. These are glass artists, no knowledge whatsoever about photography. You can imagine the (if you’ll pardon me saying) trainwreck that ensued! They took the garbage to print, website, and jury submission.
After a time they noticed their sales slumping. Increased calls from potential customers on the retail end wondering what the hell color a certain item was because they couldn’t tell from the image. Returns because they couldn’t tell what the hell color it was to begin with. Increased denials from juried art shows due to sub-par image submissions in the wrong format and size, and the print aspect was just too horrendous to even consider!
Back they came wanting what they had originally wanted from me in the first place.
So cool! I told them I would be happy to shoot for them, handle all their legwork, and submit a finished package to them ready to fulfill all their requirements.
It would cost them exactly double the original quote and it would be done on my deadline, not theirs. And I have never missed a deadline (especially my own)!
And just to show there were no hard feelings I tossed in an 8×10 print of each piece I shot for jury gratis for them to hang in their studio.
What is the value of a good photograph/photographer?
Well, they found out the hard way!
Hang in there Rise.