This is a topic for photographers who want to learn!.
From time to time we receive an email with a question from a photographer, or I always ran into someone who loves photography and during wedding they ask me a question or two. Usually topic is: camera equipment “what is the best camera for this amount of money I can buy”.
Lately I keep having different photographers asking me if they can be 2nd photographer on our wedding. In other words they want to stand next to us (or me) during real wedding photoshoot and see how we (I) work. The reason for that: To advance their photography skills, and to learn how to interact with couple and wedding party by looking at whole process.
In other words what they ask for -Free workshop-.
Before I go any further, I just want to say that we started to receive soliciation after solicitation so at this point, i have decided to officially put the answer on the BLOG.
So if you’re a photographer and want to learn by standing next to another photographer the answer is it’s possible:
A) There are photographers/teachers who are willing to educate other photographers. They stand next to student photographer and guide him/her. Or student can tag along with teacher. Mentor photographer do charge a fee that is usually from $100 to $200 per hour depending how good they are.
Now back to us:
At this point, we (meaning there several of us) are not interested in educating other photographers and are not sharing other specific information about our company products.
Thy reason why we stopped sharing this kind of information with photographers who are outside of our network, is because we don’t want other photographers have same style as we do. We kindly say: Please develop your own style!!! Seriously, dont’ be a copy cat!:(
But there are many photographers that I deeply respect and they know that:).
Next question we’re asked is: If I’m not interesting in educating photographers, than why do I upload so many pictures of the Blog, scince I’m feeding other photographers (allowing them to see our style and ideas anyway).
Another person told me since I upload so many images, might as well share other information as well.
My answer is: Yes, we do put many images on Blog, but they are for the Bride, Groom, family and relatives and new clients. But If I upload images to Blog that doesn’t mean I have to go ahead and share everything else as well. Website is a portfolio for new clients, not a educational resource for photographers.
There are many photoshoots and many interesting stories that WE DO NOT post. Why did I decide to post this particular subject:
I have found that it’s very hard emotionally to tell people “I’m sorry, I can’t help you”. Some photographers took “NO” well but others “didn’t” and that was horrible experience.
So if in the future if one of us will get solicited again, instead of saying “NO” verbally, we will direct photographers for the answer to this Blog post. So photographers wouldn’t feel like it’s a personal rejection, but a business decision.
I LOVE to network with other photographers, BUT not with everyone.