However many times you do it, sending through photos to a client is always an anxious experience. Whether it's portraits, commercial photos or event shooting, sending through the client's images brings a certain amount of nerves. The process of photography means that you put alot of yourself into the photos you take. A famous photography quote by Ralph Steiner says that every photo is a self portrait. Not only is the client judging your skills as a photographer, they are making judgements on photos that -by definition- mean alot to you. Viewed like this, you can understand why submitting photos can be stressful for photographers. It can seem personal if the client is disappointed.


Untitled photo

Every photograph is a self portrait 


The flipside of this, is when the client is delighted the feeling is amazing. Your skills as a photographer is reinforced and your personal vision is validated. If you're a photographer of any note, the photos that you take are a part of who you are. The composition in the shots and what's being communicate within the images shine a direct light into the soul of the photographer.


Untitled photo


Sportsman who fail to get nervous before a big game often know it's time to retire. Similarly, when photographers aren't anxious about sending their photos over to a client, might it be time to hang up their photography boots? I'm not sure. But I am sure that photographers can use this whole process of nerves, anxiety and excitement as a vehicle to improve continuously- win win!


Ta


Benjamin x


Powered by SmugMug Owner Log In