During this season everyone has lists for their lists. A way to try and keep track of everything that needs to be done – yesterday. So as you are worrying about what gear you need to pack or just exactly how you are going to make it through TSA in time, our friends at Photography Talk have come up with a pretty interesting list on what not to do – at least that is, if you want to avoid being ‘that photographer’.
Here are a few of our favorite anti-hater no-no’s
Flash your gear and drop numbers: Yes, everyone will be impressed when you pull out your mighty Canon 1Dx with the Canon 70-200mm f 2.8 IS II, and that should be enough! Unfortunately, there are some photographers who lack anything else to make them interesting, so they start handling that gear like they’re at a fashion show and those are the accessories. That, or they start dropping numbers, just so the client or whoever is around knows that they are successful and thus can afford all that expensive gear.
Shout at your assistant: I don’t care how big of a hot shot photographer you are, if you scream at your assistant, for whatever reason, you might as well hang a board around your neck with the words “Arrogant” and “Insecure” written on it. People will lose respect for you, but if you by any chance are the nervous wreck type, or if you know a photographer like that, advise them to get an assistant that is not physically larger, just in case.
Take too much time to set up: Sometimes you need a lot of gear to get the desired outcome from a shoot. As we all know, even with practice, setting up light stands, backgrounds, smoke machines and other such things can take a bit of time. It’s also not the most interesting part about being a photographer. But if you do want to make sure that client never works with you again, all you have to do is take your time. Do everything slowly and at the expense of everyone else’s time or just get an assistant!
Bad mouth other photographers: If you already got the job, what’s the point of talking trash about another guy or another woman, just because you don’t like them for whatever reason or you hate their crappy photos? If you didn’t get the job, and this is usually where most of the bad mouthing comes from, you won’t do yourself any favors .In fact, you will probably only be labeling yourself as a frustrated, out of work photographer.
Bad mouth other people in the industry: Make-up artists, designers, hairstylists, assistants all contribute to a successful shoot. Not all of the people you will work with will be fun and worthy of catching a few drinks with. That doesn’t mean you need to put them in a bad light. Like other talented creatives, some of them can be quite arrogant. And that’s probably what they’re saying about you too.
Publish photos without permission or model releases: You might have done a fantastic job on your last project and you want the world to see it, right? That’s totally fine, except your last project might have involved nudity or some crazy ideas that might make your models uncomfortable if the photos were to be shared on , let’s say Facebook. That will surely make them love you and be eager to work with you again.
Don’t listen to anyone! Ever!: If you really want to be a pain in the butt for the people you work with, all you have to do is not listen to anyone else but yourself. Hold on to your ideas only and don’t let some background noise, like the art director giving you his ideas, bother you from what you were going to do anyway.
Ignore deadlines: After a photo shoot, there is usually a deadline for delivering the final, retouched photos. Of course, to some photographers, deadlines are just another thing to say “yes” to in order to get the job. It might take you a bit more than initially anticipated to deliver the final result, but the least you can do is pick up the phone and give a polite heads up.
Leave hateful comments on other photographers’ photos: You have to make sure everyone sees how much you dislike the work of your peers. It’s also a sure way of attracting attention to your flawless portfolio.
Ignore the client’s needs: So you got a project, you discussed the details with the client, but somewhere along the way you thought of a way to make things more interesting. No problem! Just go ahead with your idea. It’s surely better. They’ll probably love it and not waste a minute being angry with you.
To read the full list, check out the original blog here.
Now, where did my to-do list go?
Until Next Time . . .
Stay Inspired ~ Jules