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How to Photograph Events Without Bothering the Guests
You are there to do an event photography job and capture images that your client wants. But keep in mind that the guests are there to enjoy themselves and not adhere to your whims. Aim to work around the guests who are just there to have a good time, and keep interruptions to a minimum. The key rules for event photography are:
Don’t obstruct views unless there is absolutely no other choice;
Don’t interrupt guests for a photograph;
Always be polite;
Don’t photograph guests that ask to not be photographed. Respect their wishes.
Lingering in One Spot for Two Long Can Cause You to Miss Other Pictures
On the notion of not obstructing views, try not to linger in one spot for too long. Be fast and precise at what you do and move on. This does take some know-how and over time you will gain experience – but in the meantime, practice!
What Should Your Turnover Time Be
The timing of the final images is very important to the subjects you are photographing. Events lose their sentimentality, relevance, and importance over a period of time. You want your client to still be emotionally invested in these event photography images when you deliver them. This is especially true if you are an IPS photographer, which means ‘in person sales’. IPS photographers rely on selling prints for the bulk of their event photography income. The best way to sell prints is directly after the event. The client is still very emotionally invested in the photographs. A good turnover for proofs is a week, I would say. A month or two is already too long.
Finally, don’t forget to take care of yourself. Event photography is a demanding, all-day-on-your-feet kind of job. And there’s no guarantee the client will provide refreshments or food for you too. Pack water and snacks along with your event photography equipment. And now that you have this nifty guide under your belt, go out and rock those events!
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