Oct 12, 2018
Welcome to the Mind Your Own Business Podcast!
Today we chat with wedding photographers
David Scruggs and Jill Smith about several things that
define a photographer as a professional, so that you not only
rarely miss those important moments in a subject's life, but NEVER
compromise on the quality of an image:
- Listen, listen, listen - your role when
capturing memories is to know and understand your client. That can
only come with listening to them and building a relationship based
on understanding their needs. You have to see the world through
- Never compromise your skill set - Being a
photographer is about meeting your client's needs and having the
skills to photograph at any time, regardless of the degree of
difficulty. Of course there will be times when something that comes
up that's simply over your head, but that doesn't change the
importance of a never-ending quest for your own education.
- Backup gear - When you least expect it,
something is going to go wrong with your gear. Normal wear and
tear, a dropped camera body or lens, a piece of equipment stolen -
NEVER be without backup gear for those "just in case" moments.
- Always be on time - Your clients trust
you to be where you're supposed to be and always on time. And, even
if you arrive just a few minutes late, you've created stress that
- Keep your promises - NEVER make a promise
you can't keep.
- Build a relationship - In any business,
but especially photography, it's important to build an ongoing
relationship both leading up to an event and especially afterwards.
Your success is about your ability to build trust.
- Exceed expectations - Remember - "There
are no traffic jams along the extra mile!" Roger Staubach
- Love your career choice and show your passion for
capturing memories - You can't capture images that
tug at people's heartstrings if your own heart isn't in it!
- Recognize the need for change - Whether
it's your own style or simply tracking consumer trends, being a pro
is about adapting and being able to stay relevant to consumer
- Support your associates and the
industry - While this is outside the
client/photographer relationship, a strong network can also help
you through some of the most difficult challenges. Be involved in
your local guild or association. Be helpful to other photographers
and you'll find they'll also be there for you. Things come up that
just aren't planned, but working together there's nothing you can't
- Have fun and be fun to work with - "Fun"
is one of those words so often lost in business today. Building
trust, capturing memories and being an outstanding artist has a
core focus on loving what you do. Everybody has a bad day now and
then, but being a professional photographer is about loving people
and seeing the world through their eyes and often heart.
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