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M Pandolfo Photography
Posts: 12,113
Tampa, Florida, US

Veit Photo wrote:
That's a big assumption. They could as easily have them done by a complete amateur.

Giving up the originals gets me out of the retouch cycle but I doubt if it guarantees the client the best photos. It's a shame that the client doesn't have confidence in my abilities but that's everybody's right. Although I do have a good track record and the client chose me for that and for my portfolio. But my feeling is that I'd like to get out of this situation quick with the client getting what they want, even if it's an uninformed and unconsidered choice.

It is a big assumption. But you're assuming that somebody can't do it as well as you. Now, that very well may be the case but it's really all about perception.

It's great that you're invested enough and care about the final product. You obviously take pride in your work. But clients often have a different focus than the talent producing the images. They're usually marketing people with their eye on numbers as opposed to a pleasing aesthetic...which is why there is always a tug of war between Creatives and Marketing.

It's not that they don't have faith in your ability. It's that it is much easier to sit down with a retoucher on-site and direct them than to go back-and-forth with the person who created the image and is therefore emotionally invested in it and not always objective.

Really, the bottom line is, you might not agree with the final usage/product. But if the client is happy and it is serving their purpose (which isn't always identifiable to the talent), you've done your job the best you can.

Trust me, you won't be the last creative who felt their work was being compromised by a commercial client. It's the very reason so many of us have side projects that we control 100%. It's probably the main reason a lot of photographers are here.

Feb 18 13 10:16 am  Link  Quote 
M Pandolfo Photography
Posts: 12,113
Tampa, Florida, US

I was working as a graphic designer at a large company just after college and the Marketing Director had a huge poster behind her desk, printed in black-and-white that said:

"Ugly Works"

Her philosophy was that it didn't matter what marketing looked like as long as the offer was appealing. Aesthetics were insignificant to her.

Now, how do you think that went over with the Art Department? lol
Feb 18 13 10:20 am  Link  Quote 
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