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I take criticism very well because I know it makes me a better photographer. I got a lot of compliments for this picture, but it was coming from just regular people.

I am glad that you are open to criticism and take it well.  We all make mistakes and in cases like this where we don’t have complete control over the flow of the session, you sometimes have to “spray and pray”.  It’s not pretty but you have to do what you have to do to get the job done.  It sucks when you have to try to get  a concept in your mind but don’t have the time or equipment to execute it the way you want.  The permit issue can be tricky sometimes, depending on your venue, trust me, I know where you’re coming from.

I am by no means a a stellar photographer, I do okay and am always trying to improve.  I also do the proverbial :::face-palm:::, but that’s how we learn and progress.   The ones that don’t listen or critique back at wanted criticism are the ones who should probably re-evaluate their profession, you by far are not in that category.

I always hate having photos critiqued because you never know what your going to get.  I welcome open and fair criticism but hate getting that “great shot”  or “Lovely” as a critique from other photogs.  Why you may ask?  Because it sounds like a generic gesture at not hurting your feelings while not offering any true advice.  On the other hand, you may sometimes get that cruel and somewhat hurtful critique that points out all your flaws but at the same time bashing you down on a personal level.

My approach, observe, critique and advise.  Simple as that.

Good Luck Anjanette, you do good work.