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The business of photography is a complicated matter. I spend hours after each photo shoot culling, processing and sorting the photos to tell the story of the day.
From a recent session of one of my own children, I realized that choosing the final photos can be described as a Venn Diagram! One circle represents images photographers love and the other circle represents images clients love. Some images overlap and some don’t.
To be successful, you want the largest area to be the one that overlaps: images both photographers and clients love. It is important, however, to be aware of what images may fall into the other areas.
Here is an example.
I had a photo shoot of my son just last week. He recently turned 6 years old, so this mini shoot was to capture how he loves reading, loves playing with Legos, and still has hints of having a baby face.
After the shoot, I went through the images as though this was a regular client gallery, but found myself saving a few images that I know would NOT have made it into a client gallery!
That got me thinking.
Are there photos that I’ve left out of a client gallery that should have been in it?
Below are examples of photos from this recent shoot that would make it into a client gallery…
Below are examples of photos that would NOT have made it into a client gallery, but I love…
Above: he is playing with his hands and arms, which he does when he’s nervous.
Above: he is chewing gum (I can even see it in his mouth – Oy!), which is his favorite treat.
Note: I am writing this for Children and Family Photography, but this can apply to any portrait session.
In terms of photo selection, your job as a Photographer is to choose photos that represent your artistic style. You are also a Service Provider whose ultimate goal is to make your clients happy.