As a fellow commercial photographer I know that clients come to us for consistency and reliability. They hire us because when they are spending the big bucks on advertising campaigns they don’t want to leave things up to chance. It is part of our job to deliver the end product on time and free of flaws, but even a professional at the top of their game still battles with human error.
For this very reason it was so refreshing to read an article from Lauren Margolis at PhotoShelter entitled “Confessions Of A Pro Photographer: Corey Rich’s Top 4 Photo Bombs”. Corey Rich is a seasoned adventure photographer and videographer as well as a recent Nikon USA Ambassador. With his extensive list of big budget clients one would expect a truly minimal amount of screw ups. This is where you would be wrong. Corey Rich takes a stand and admits to dropping the ball a number of times. If anything, these high stakes, high pressure gigs bring out the best and worst in human error. I’m glad Corey could be so candid and forthcoming in pointing out the fact that no matter how good we are, at some point we all fall victim to our own stupidity.
In the spirit of sharing blunders, I would like to tell you about one of my own.
A few years ago I was shooting a model for a lifestyle spread which had several key images already planned out by the client. Everyone involved knew exactly what we had to do, and since it was an outdoor shoot on a cold September day, we were more than happy to get the job done quickly. As we approached our last batch of images for the day we had the model doing some poses on the ground.
After several shots we thought about trying some changes to the scene, and due to what the model was wearing, she had trouble getting up. Being the gentleman that I am, I reach over with a helping hand, completely forgetting I had the camera swinging around my neck. And swing it did. The lens hit the model square in the eye.
Embarrassing and stupid as that was, we all agreed things like this do happen, and the model, though a little rattled, ended up being ok. Nothing a little make-up couldn't fix. Regardless, we decided that was as good a point as any to wrap the shoot up. Luckily for us we already had the shots we needed after reviewing our captures up to that point.
Feel free to share your own blunders in the comments, and maybe, just maybe, it will save someone from making a total ass out of themselves. Visit me anytime at Peter House – Commercial Photographer to follow our work. Till next time.