10 WAYS TO RESPECT YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER (WHO MAY ALSO BE YOUR FRIEND)

10. KNOW THAT THE CAMERA DOESN’T MAKE THE IMAGE

Saying things like “No wonder your pictures are so great! If I had a camera that nice…” isn’t a compliment to their camera. It’s an insult to the years of education, practice, sweat, blood, and tears your photographer has dedicated to learning their trade. Saying the camera is the reason the photos look so nice is like telling a painter if you had more expensive paint you could be as good as them.

9. DON’T INVITE THEM PLACES WITH THE INTENTION OF THEM TAKING PHOTOS

Believe it or not, photography is hard work. Your photographer doesn’t get to enjoy your event when you hire them to cover it. It really hurts a person’s feelings to think they’ve been invited to relax as a guest, only to find the host disappointed they didn’t come ready to work for free.

8. GIVE THEM PROPER CREDIT ON SOCIAL MEDIA

You didn’t take the photo yourself. Tag the person that did. It’s really that simple. Professional photographers have pages, and it only takes a second to tag them. Word of mouth is a photographer’s livelihood.

7. UNLESS THEY OFFER, DON’T ASK THEM TO DO TYPES OF PHOTOGRAPHY THEY DON’T DO

Not all photography is the same. Chances are if you ask a newborn photographer to shoot products for your website, or a pet photographer to shoot your corporate event, neither of you will be happy with the results.

6. DON’T HIRE YOUR FRIEND FOR ANY REASON OTHER THAN ABSOLUTELY LOVING THEIR WORK

But especially don’t hire them just because you expect a discount. If you don’t like their style or their editing, please don’t hire them to save a few bucks.

5. DO NOT EDIT THE PICTURES YOU RECEIVE

By applying some filter, or desaturating everything but your kids’ eyes, you have destroyed the artist’s finished piece. If anyone else sees that filtered picture, they aren’t seeing work that represents the artist’s vision. If you don’t like the style they use to edit pictures, find a different photographer. It is insulting to change an artist’s work.

4. DO NOT EVER CROP OUT A WATERMARK

This is one of the easiest ways to ensure your photographer never wants to work with you again. Cropping a photo in any way destroys the composition that the photographer chose carefully and with purpose. Photographers are artists. Their photographs are their art. Would you spend hundreds of dollars on a painting and use scissors to cut off the artist’s signature? You are taking away their credit. If you pay for non watermarked files for print, do not disrespect the artist by posting them online.

3. DON’T EXPECT FREE PHOTOGRAPHY

Unless it’s offered, just don’t even consider asking. It puts people in an uncomfortable situation. You wouldn’t expect free services or products from any other professional, so why would you expect it from a photographer. Even if you think it’s “just digitals” your photographer’s time is food on their family’s table. A session doesn’t end when you are done taking pictures. Countless hours go into the finished product.

2. DON’T ASK FOR MORE PHOTOS THAN WERE DELIVERED

Really, just don’t. Photographers don’t gain anything by keeping wonderful photos from you. If they weren’t included, there is a reason. Also, you probably paid for a set amount of pictures, and asking for more than that is, well, rude. Sticking with the cake analogy, asking for pictures that weren’t in the final delivery is as useless as asking for the eggshells.

1. FINAL WORK

When you pay for photography you are paying for the final images, much like the final cake. It’s the finished product that makes it the artist’s work.

This means:

-You should NEVER ever under any circumstances ask for unedited or RAW files.

– You should NEVER say things like “My husband edits photos all the time, can we have a discount if we edit them ourselves?”

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