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Susan Bohanon
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/8/2004
 

A bad shoot...


I had a shoot that went horrible.
It was of a pregnant mom and her 2 young daughters. The daughters were less than cooperative and the mother rushed the entire time.
I usually take about 75-100 shots (yielding 30-50 proofs) for each of my shoots. I took a total of 29 for this one with VERY VERY few to even be called a proof.
I don't think the mother is pleased with the results, but I don't know how to deal with the situation.

How do you deal with shoots gone bad?


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7/29/2005 8:54:21 AM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
 
 
 
Good morning Susan,
Well, working with Corprate Studios- I have had and seen my share of these.
It's OK- it is not your fault she was rushed.
My suggestion is that you explain- that if she would like to do another sitting you will be more then happy to do so.explain that this takes time .
I would try to stay away from reimbursing any funds- when you do this for a client (or give away free stuff) they just seem to COME back feeling like they can take advantage again.
as far as the 2 small childern go try some of the things in this thread:
http://www.betterphoto.com/forms/qnaDetail.asp?threadID=17534
OR try STORY TELLING PORTRAITS-
*SHOOT A LOW LIGHT OF MOMMY TELLING THEM A STORY,WHILE THEY LAY OR JUST HOLD HER TUMMY.
**SEE IF SHE WILL DO BARE TUMMY AND TELL THEM WITH THIER FINGER TO DRAW A HAPPY FACE REAL SLOWLY ON MOMMY'S TUMMY FOR THE BABY.
THIS COMES OUT LOOKING LIKE THEY ARE POINTING OR INTRESTED IN THE NEW BABY.
AND IN STORY TELLING PORTRAITS YOU DON'T HAVE TO GET FACES WITH EXPRESSINGS-WITCH IS EASIER WITH ACTIVE KIDS.
i DO HOPE THIS HELPS,
DEBBY


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7/29/2005 9:28:30 AM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
 
 
 
HERE ARE 2 EXAMPLES OF STORYTELLING


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7/29/2005 9:29:35 AM

 
Susan Bohanon
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/8/2004
  These are great suggestions Debby!
Thank you!


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7/29/2005 6:09:53 PM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
  GLAD TO BE OF SOME HELP.
IF YOU NEED ANYTHING ELSE-EVEN IF IT'S JUST TO VENT-JUST SHOOT ME A EMAIL-
I DOUBT IT WILL GO BAD,LOL


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7/29/2005 6:19:09 PM

 
Susan Bohanon
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/8/2004
  Oh my gosh... that was the second worst shoot I had ever had in my entire life. The first worst was the first time I shot these brats. And not to be harsh, but there is just no other words for these kids.
I re did the shoot this morning at their house thinking they would be more relaxed, oh my goodness.... they were more awful than the first time. The mom has absolutely no control over these kids. They tore down my backdrop several times, kept picking up my equipment and throwing it in the air, walked all over my backdrops, digging through my bag. You name it, they did it.
Needless to say... I will not be offering to redo this shoot again. And the scary thing is is that she wants me to come back after this 3rd child is born. I'm going to have to try and find a way out of it.

I did the suggestions that you gave (drawing on the belly, reading a book... yea, totally didn't work. But it's only because the kids were just too far out of control.)

Thanks anyway! Atleast I have some good suggestions for the future. :)
And alteast I can say I tried.


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8/3/2005 11:18:35 AM

 
Justin G.
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/13/2004
  Personally I'm really partial to my equipment mainly because the military doesn't exactly make us rich and my equipment takes me a long long LONG time to save up for something small let alone a new lens or body or lighting equipment. Basically is what I'm saying is that I wouldn't slapped the kid in the back of the head if he throws my equipment. No just kidding, I hopefully would've had the courage to ask the mother to get on them. oh well that's just me.


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8/3/2005 2:06:09 PM

 

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  people give their kids to much sugar, I should say the pantry gave them the artillery


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8/3/2005 2:24:59 PM

 
Kerry L. Walker   Susan, just tell her point blank that your equipment is too valuable to allow out of control children to destroy it and turn down the next shoot. She will get mad but she does need to be told she has no control over her children.

Justin, I didn't know you were in the military. Thank you so much for your service to our country. My hat is off to you (exposing my bald spot, LOL)


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8/3/2005 2:33:42 PM

 
Jennifer S
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/9/2004
  Oh my gosh, Susan, you've just experienced my worst fear! lol Like Justin said, some of us (like me) take along time saving up for our equipment, and even if we dont it still costs quite a bit of money just the same! I would definitely explain to her next time she asks for a shoot that they were disrespecting your stuff and could've possibly (and easily) broke something and the equipment costs too much money to allow that to happen. Plus, they were too out of control for you to do your job and you shouldn't have to waste your time like that. :o)

Debby: You always have such great tips!!

Lol Kerry!
And thank you, Justin for serving our country! ;o)


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8/3/2005 3:06:51 PM

 
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