Work does pay off but you have to keep working to make that happen. You can’t simply take photos and hope they get published, you have to work at it. The above photo was taken in May this year and the Defence Material Organisation has recently released their latest news bulletin and that’s what I am doing now, working hard to meet the clients needs and requirements.
The above photo is work that has paid off for me, even though I was paid for job of shooting it for the client, its still great to see the photo in print and in this case online as well. Unfortunately I didn’t get credit it for it. It was never part of the agreement anyway but I did ask if it is possible. The client did say yes but it didn’t happen. Since then I have picked up more work for the same client and they are happy with the results that I provided them.
With clients, you need to include them in your planning of the shoot, listen to what they say and how they want to achieve that. Work out how YOU will shoot the project for the client and if you have problems and can’t meet your deadlines that you have agreed to, get in touch with them and tell them straight. Be honest with them, I have found that if you are honest with most clients and you tell them what the problem is and how you are going to fix it, they will accept a delay in the project but they will only ever accept them once. So you always need to be on your game, prioritise your work. Keep the client in mind at all times, that’s what they paid you to do.
Any way, its back to work for me.
I must admit that the last month has been very busy but also very productive and this is why I haven’t posted much here lately. I was contacted to shoot for a client as the photographer they originally had could no longer do the shoot for them. So, literally overnight, I packed my bags, all the camera kit that I figured that I needed and headed north for what turned out to be just over a month. The shoot was planned for the first two weeks of the month which I did. The shoot went extremely well and the client was absolutely stoked on how fast the turn around was as I got them either prints or the images burnt to DVD. So I left the client happy and all the delivered.
But here’s the funny thing, I have had two family portraits fall out of the work for the original client. Both approached me on the same day, asked if I could do a shoot for them before I left, of course I said Yes, no problems, all I had to do was change my flights. Once again both clients were extremely happy with the end results and the families had a ball doing the shoots.
Since then, I have been contacted on several occasions for use of some images, one of the images that I have supplied clients with is going to be published in 3 different publications. One of the publications has an audience/readership of about 4 million people throughout Australia plus online. I asked to credited with the work which the client was more than happy to do so I will hopefully create more work and drive traffic to my website.
So being consistent is slowly paying off and work is increasing on a daily basis.