I want to talk about something today that has been happening to me on a near daily basis lately. This is not directed to any one person, and while I have seen dozens of blog posts about this occurring at weddings, I have never seen another photographer mention this is an issue day to day.
Imagine if you will, that you have gone out to dinner with your family. Your spouse stands up, walks to the kitchen, opens up his bag and dumps out all of the ingredients for making a meal and stands next to the chef, using his location and following his lead and preparing the exact same thing the chef is preparing. Sure, your ingredients may not be as expensive or fresh, but it's essentially the same thing. The chef then knows you will not be buying HIS dish, as you just made your own. He knows you just copied his signature style and is highly offended.
Would you ever dream of this situation occurring? Of course not. But imagine that chef is a photographer- who has picked a location, knows every inch of it by heart, finds all of the right light, positions everyone just right and then someone is behind them, snapping away photos when they are. Sometimes even using an on-camera flash, ruining the photos the photographer is taking. Even more often, jumping in afterward and holding up half of the photographer's time taking their own photos. How is the photographer going to then sell photographs to someone who already owns them? Someone who only owns them because they walked in the kitchen and started cooking.
I know that everyone owns a camera. Everyone owns a frying pan as well but you leave it at home when you are going to dinner. I am not saying that you cannot stay after a session and take your own photos, but standing over your photographer's shoulder is frustrating. To this day I have never said a word to a client but in the future, I don't think I can sit by while my work is devalued and copied right in front of my eyes.
So please, clients of the past, clients of the future, people who are just browsing and will never use my services at all- Make the most of the time you have paid for at a photo session. If you are into photography and want to tag along during a family session to learn posing and lighting, then call a photographer and ask
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