Hello my crazy wonderful Model Citizens!
One of the reasons I am paid to be a photographer is ofcourse my expertise, I am paid to cull your images, and present the best of the best to you. Now not only would I look like I don't do a very good job if I sent you every single bad image as well as all the good ones (dilution is a bitch), But the simple fact is there are just some pictures you don't need to see, and so it is my policy, and one that is never broken no matter how annoyed you get or how much begging ensues.
Kmart or Louis Vitton: a comparison
Hey no one likes it when they don't look good so with all the above taken into account this is one of the main reasons I will never show you every image from your session. The last thing I want is to knock your confdence, I want you to leave looking and feeling amazing! Just remember in a super high-end store a sales person will talk to you about what you're after and bring you choicces that suit that specific purpose, they, just like me are not there to bring you the whole store, we are here to listen and fulfill a specific need. Model Citizen is definitely not Kmart (although I personallly love to shop at kmart (just saying)) We want to and aim to be more like Louis Vitton, high end custom, bespoke photography.
I can totally relate to the idea that if you don't see every single image from a shoot you might miss out on one you love, but you just have to trust me, you do not want to see every single image from your session and here are the top reasons why.
Contrary to popular belief, thanks to shows where photographers with studio lighting fire of flash after flash of clicks; setting up each and every shot takes a little bit of time. On occasion my camera seems to think it is male and wll focus on boobs instead of where I am telling it to on your eyes, sometimes the flash doesn't fire, sometimes you may move just a little so the light isn't perfect, or most annoyingly the sun will come out and we are under a tree and the light is dapply but strong, Sometime the sun goes behind a cloud or any other thing from a long list of things can go wrong in a single shot. I, as a photographer have to weed those out and show you the best so these: while no fault of you or me, are the first to go!
You just didn't look as good as you could
Yeah you know those moments I said oh hang on you just blinked, or maybe I caught you mid sneeze, lol, it happens to the best of us, and let me tell you no one is attractive caught mid-blink. Proof of this is found in the meme that has been floating around of Beyonce, mid- performance she goes from looking svelte and gorgeous to manly and hulking with one eye shut, Im sure you've seen it. It is honestly just something that happens, because the camera is freezing a moment in time and I just happened to catch the one time you looked a bit gooberish. The funny thing is, you didnt even look gooberish in real life, it was just the one split second that the camera captured.
My policy? Burn them with fire, It's like if someone was to post a drunk pic of me where I don't look my best...AND TAG ME. There is no way I would want to be seen like that! And I am sure you don't either.
We tried something and it didn't work
Poses, clothing you name it, sometimes things that work in real life just do not relate well on camera.
There are better images
This one can be a little more subjective but let me explain, often I will take several clicks of the same thing, this gives me the chance to cull down to only the best of the best, sometimes a pose will be just slightly off and so we have made little tweaks before taking the image again.
Other times there may be the exact same pose but slightly different expressions this is where I will leave two for you to choose from that are totally different but still good.
With too much choice you are far less likely to be able to choose images, not only that but you are also less likely to want to! This is psychology at its finest people! By allowing me to do my job we can cut right down to the best for you to choose from. It is exhausting having to slog through all of the not so great and down right bad images to find the gems even for a professional so why in the world would I want to place that burden on you! The top photography resources say that for every 100 clicks of the camera you can expect about 10 amazing pics.
If I wouldn't edit it, I wont show it
When it really comes down to it there are a few images I would never ever edit due to any number of the above being present. If it is going to take me too long to correct it to make it presentable to the quality of the other images then it is goneburgers!
With all this culling how many images are there left for me to choose from?
This is a little different depending on the circumstances of the shoot you did. For instance, if you did a full shoot with 2 outfits at 3 different spots within the one location you could expect no less than 20-30 in most cases. The bigger the production ie. more locations, more outfits etc the more base images you can expect but generally I will cull more harshly because you are never going to want all of them and it is all about giving you variety to be able to choose your favourites from the best of the best.
If we already know you want to purchase 6 images then I will likely cut down to only the best 20 for you to choose from. So don't worry, there is always plenty for you to choose from and I am here to help you every step of the way!
But all the images I saw are amazing, surely I am missing out on some other gems!
I can understand this thinking but don't worry, if there was anything that had the possibility of being chosen over another image in what I have shown you I would have left it in! My whole process of a shoot from start to finish has been specifically designed so that you, oh wonderful person that you are, are getting my best, and your best and then from that best we are transforming these images into art, it is honestly just a little bit magic!
I do not release any images other than your final picks, when shooting images there are many that are tests etc and these were never intended to be final products, quite simply their purpose for being was to make sure we got the absolute best and worked out any kinks before finally processing the high quality images you have come to expect from me!
So what do you think? How many do you think is a good number to be shown, and do you think you would prefer to see all of them or just the culled ones? Let me know in the comments below!
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