As I’ve said before, I’m not a fashion photographer, though I’ve been known to shoot a little fashion from time to time. I’m also not a wedding photographer, though I’ve done that a few times, too. But y’know what else I’m not? I’m not a salesperson. I don’t want to be a salesperson. And if you think I don’t like the thought of being a fashion photographer, you should hear what I think of the thought of being a salesperson.
Fairly frequently someone asks me before a shoot if they’ll “get all the proofs”.
I don’t do proofs.
The day may come when I have to delve into all that, but it’s not a day to which I’m looking forward. I have no interest whatsoever in jerking a client around to squeeze a few extra bucks out of them. I don’t want to sell packages, I don’t want to have to wait to process shots, I don’t want to spend extra time having a client come back to look at proofs and agonize over which photos they can afford to have printed, I don’t want to feel heartsick because a client has to choose between this awesome shot and that awesome shot. I do what I do to make people feel sexy and beautiful and generally good about life. The aforementioned business stuff runs counter to my personal and artistic goals.
To that end, when I do a shoot, included in the price is electronic delivery of every single shot that I feel came out well (usually by Dropbox). I’ll usually also include a bunch of outtakes, shots where the client was laughing at something I said or making a funny face or doing something very not-sexy. I love the outtakes, and the clients always do, too. Sometimes that’s 25 or 50 shots (plus outtakes). Sometimes it’s 150. Sometimes it’s even more, though only rarely is it fewer. Those shots are a nice size and resolution for use on the web, just like they are. And once a client looks over the shots and decides they like numbers 7, 32, 68, 69, 71, and 141 (or however damned many they want) and want to have those printed, I deliver great big monster-sized image files that they can use to have 60-inch prints made if they so desire, from wherever they want to get it done, whenever they want (or can afford) to do it.
And damn, I really despise having to put my watermark on my own images. It feels like vandalism to me. I have little choice in that, however, if I want more clients and if I don’t want some idiot on the web swiping my shots and claiming them as their own work. (Yes, really, that happens all the time. Some people really do that because some people are terrible people.) Putting a proof mark all over my work would just wrench my gut in a way that would make me not a very nice person. Hell, I’m still cringing about putting one on the shot specifically for this post, and I wanted it there.
So there it is. I don’t do proofs (for now and for the foreseeable future), and that’s why. No, I’m not a good businessperson. I’m probably the world’s worst businessperson. But y’know what? I don’t want to be a good businessperson, never have.
What I am is a goddamned good boudoir photographer.
What I am is a goddamned good nude figure artist.
And that makes my clients happy.
And that makes me happy.
To repeat the disclaimer, this is a project about re-discovery. It’s about remembering who I am, what I’m about, what I love and what I do not. Fair warning, this project will be posted here rather than at my SFW site because there will be nudity from time to time. Some of it will be of me, some not, some artistic and pretty to look at, some just raw.
I don’t intend to think of something every day and then shoot it, though I may do that sometimes, too. But sometimes I will just shoot, and then find something about myself in the frames and post about that thing, whatever it is.