Post # 1
Hi Bees, I’m hoping for a different perspective….
We’ve found this photographer whose work is AMAZING. Coincedentally they were asking for a couple to be used for a photography workshop in return for free pics that would take about a week- we put our hand up (free e-session) knowing that the focus of the day will be the amateur photographers (lights, angles, cameras) rather than ‘us’ as a couple.
The week after could see via their facebook that they were busy with all sorts. We were so excitied to see the pics that 1 week later i emailed, they sent them through quickly after.
There were some pretty spectacular images that came out of it, but, as a whole i felt that there wasn’t much effort put into the selection that was sent through – they sent one frame per location (& missed sending a couple of lcations completely) & some that were sent happens to be one that i was pulling a face in!(not a close up).
Question is, should i let this worry me that depsite knowing we are potential customers not much effort was put into it? OR suck it up, understand that we got a $700 shoot for free, we knew we weren’t the primary focus & did get some awesome pics…?
-We do have ‘wedding’ meeting set up with them in the next couple of weeks & hopeign they wow us!
Post # 4
I think as models for a workshop, you are pretty much at the mercy of the photographers who turn in the photos. This is a huge problem at workshops. I was in North Carolina 2 weeks ago for a huge workshop with dozens of models, and they had taken extreme care to ensure each model got ONE image from each session per photographer. Therefore, the photographers have selected the images that they like best, and may have only used one or two in total. The people running the workshop are often not in control of the images that are submitted, and they often do very little with the images they take themselves.
As a prospective couple, you got a huge bonus from them. You can ask them if there were any more photos, or if you could contact any of the photographers that were shooting you, but chances are, you have recieved all that you will get.
If you hire them, you’ll get another chance at a ‘real’ engagement shoot, and you will 100% be the focus of all of their attention. 🙂
Post # 5
The photographer actually ran the workshop, we were the only ‘models’ & about another 6 photographers who were ‘learning’.
Over here tt’s not the norm that an e shoot in included in the package, its actually $500 -$700 extra!!
Post # 6
When I do free sessions for any reason (whether its to try a model out or to work on a non-paying concept) I give the model a disk of the images I choose. I wouldn’t likely release any more even if they asked. I’ve already looked through the set, tagged my favorites and worked them up, and in most cases, those photos are 2 or 3 weeks behind me and I am working on my current sessions.
My point is that there may be more images ‘out there’ but the ones you have are likely the only ones that have been selected, batched out and worked up for release. Generally we figure that if you didn’t pay, you will be happy with any selection you recieve. Most non-pro models are quite excited to shoot and willing to shoot for free for files so we don’t often run into them wanting more photos from any given session, as they understand that’s how it works. If the photog liked using you as models, and got great stuff from your sets, he/she may want to use you again in the future, and you can be more clear about wanting a bigger selection of images. 🙂
Post # 7
@GDub: Thank you for the thoughts from the ‘other side’
The thing that bothers me is that i highly doubt some 9maybe half) of the images that were sent were their fav’s! I’m pulling an ugly face! lol- they would never use the image for other purposes.
But i am glad i did it, it gave me an opportunity to work with them & i did get some pretty pictures. But a part of me feels like they should be treating us as potential clients & given us the better images (not more, but carefully selected). Deep down i’m hoping they WOW us at the meeting 😉