Remember the song when you were young,
“This land is my land, this land is your land, this land was made for you and me”…
Let’s all keep that in mind this busy fall season.
I think we all can agree, THERE ARE A LOT OF PHOTOGRAPHERS out there… our industry has BOOMED tremendously over the past few years. And with a boom like this, it means one thing… THINGS GET TIGHT, and can get heated.
The #1 issue I hear photographers complain about during a busy fall season, LOCATIONS. You know, the prime ones that all the “locals” like to shoot at? Where we all like to take our clients for a unique natural backdrop, and ESPECIALLY during the busy fall season of family portraits and holiday cards in the making.
Let’s keep things in check, and lemme say a few simple things, reminders we’ll call them, for the Happy Togs out there….
- Public land is just that… PUBLIC, So anyone can use it… any person, any photographer, ANY ONE. Be polite, you do NOT own this land, and have no right push or bully any other photographer off of it.
- Be respectful of each other. If you are shooting in a shared location, keep your eyes open for other photographers. Do NOT place your clients in their line of shooting. I remember a local photographer telling me that she was shooting at her favorite “barn location”, and had her clients placed and posed, ready to shoot. As she pulled the camera to her face to take the shot, another photographer walked into her frame (behind her posed clients), and seated her own clients right in place. NOT COOL, R.U.D.E. Keep your eyes open, and pay attention to your surroundings
- Don’t be a big mouth… and by this, I mean don’t be a giant distraction during shooting. I think we all giggle, make insane noises to get attention of little ones, and act visit this site a plain ole’ fool during our family sessions… HOWEVER, keep in mind of the others around you, trying to achieve the same shots. If you are making a ruckus loud enough for the entire park to hear, you are going to spoil the good times for other families.
Now be a HAPPY TOG… choose friendship vs. competition… and keep this fall busy season FUN, CHEERY, AND POLITE!
Maybe…. just maybe… you will even meet a new tog-friend when out shooting at that primo location.. YES!