Thursday, March 4, 2010

The Client

We have had people from all walks of life as clients of The Studio Loft. Some are really nice and I mean REALLY REALLY REALLY wonderful people who ended up being friends of ours, you know who you are! ;) For the rest, I thought just for fun, I'd compile some categories below, which do you fall in? *remember this is just for laughs ya, take it with a pinch of salt*

The Obedient - Brings everything you ask them to, listens to everything you say, open to any ideas you have.

The Photographer - Usually forced by the wife to come for the shoot, either asks a lot of questions (mostly technical) or remain silent throughout and observes, chooses the bare minimum number of prints or takes everything.

The Friendly - Chats with you throughout the shoot without any effort, takes a genuine interest in you and what you have to say, recommends friends to come.

The Joker - Always the husband or the father, cracks one joke after another sometimes at their own expense, lots of laughs during the session, kids usually are a fun bunch too :)

The Germaphobe - Comes armed with disinfectant spray, wipes every part of baby that comes into contact with anything, asks if your floor/toy/prop is clean.

The Boss - Wants you to do all the work, reluctant to make their child smile with the thinking "I paid you to do the job", hands you the child's next outfit and expects you to change for them, passes you the bottle and wants you to fill it up with warm water.

The Panicky (Grand)Parent - Often never more than 1mm apart from baby, 99% of the pictures will have a part of their limb in shot, screams for an ambulance if baby falls.

The Cool and Collected - Leaves you to do your job, lets you hold or position their child, don't mind you reprimanding their kids if they are misbehaving, says "Aw, it's nothing!" even when the kid has had a knock and is bleeding from the lip :p

The Fan - Knows what you did last week if it was on your blog, can name your kids and recognises them, compliments you on the last album you posted on Facebook, very excited during the session, eyes lights up when they see their pictures and yes I love you too ;)

Hee hee, regardless of which type of client you are, I just want to say you helped our business grow with your patronage and we thank you sincerely for that.

Having said that, I would like to end this post with a quote I read from a wedding photographer's blog, it is by Mahatma Gandhi. We hope to be able to hold on to these words as we work each day!

“A customer is the most important visitor on our premises, he is not dependent on us. We are dependent on him.
He is not an interruption in our work. He is the purpose of it.
He is not an outsider in our business. He is part of it.
We are not doing him a favor by serving him. He is doing us a favor by giving us an opportunity to do so.”

- Mahatma Gandhi

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