Recently, a fellow photographer asked me, “Why do you give your clients so many photo choices?”
Of course, my quick response was “why not?”
I can take hundreds of photos on any given day. Put me in a wedding or any other social event, I can easily rack up over a thousand photos. I love taking photos. I always have. My grandfather got me hooked at the age of 12 with an old 126 film camera. Yes, I know that dates me.
So if I love taking the photos, why wouldn’t I offer them all to my clients? I mean I do weed out the ones where a person’s eyes are closed or the exposure gives someone the resemblance of an alien. But other than that, I let the client pick.
I can easily present the studio style photo with the rule of thirds practice. But sometimes the rules make the photos boring. I like to capture people being real at an event.
When a bride informs me, “I can’t believe you took this photo, he was whispering I love you for the first time as husband and wife.”
Or when the groom admits his uncle was actually telling him, that the only other beautiful bride he had seen was his own wife.
But I think what I like the most is when others outside of the social event, tells someone how great a photos looks, And, the person in the picture replies, “I didn’t even know she took it.”
I know my photos aren’t perfect. I never said they were. But I like to capture the small moments in grand events.