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My Mistakes in Pro Photography

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I'm going to list simple words of advise, things I should've done when I first started professional photography. This is life, we learn from our mistakes and grow. 

Thought process and execution
  • Don't take what the art director says literally, you're not hired to be a photocopy machine. Understand the message, think, sketch your concepts, present, argue, argue some more, then execute.
  • Don't rush… Never rush… Oh dear don't rush.
  • Safety is your enemy, anybody can do safe compositions. Pull the rabbit out of the hat, be aggressive and shock the audience.
  • Use the internet and search for images with keywords of your objectives. You never know what can inspire you. If you use a concept of another, give credit and ask permission.  
  • Be ready for surprises with contingency plans: backup location, models, props, lights, cameras, memory cards.. Backup photographers too.
  • Think of a photography request as a project, not a quotation for n number of photographs. Think of a complete solution, make suggestions, be a team player, and increase your value.

Logistics

  •  You own intellectual copyrights, always. However, you can sell unlimited and exclusive production rights. Include agreed rights in the contract
  • Always insist on a contract. It will define the scope of work, responsibilities, execution timeline, team members from both parties, payment terms, and amounts.
  • Link milestones to payments. Example: Photography will start one week after receipt of first payment.
  • Credits and discounts are earned, not dictated.
  • Learn to say NO to harmful business engagements.
  • Document all calls or meetings with emailed minutes.

 

And remember, to always have fun :)

If you have any questions, write a note below. . Best of luck