Guess how long it took someone to contact me to enquire about the photos I took of them after the doors closed at a comic con? *I’ll give you a moment to guess…….nope you’re wrong….3 hours it took someone.
Now, it rare for me to get messages asking for their photos. But when I do, I politely tell them they are coming and also highlight to them the process I do to select the photos I wish to edit, edit the photos and how many I have to go through.
I’ve always said, the work a photographer does is in reverse order to a cosplayer. E.g. Cosplayer’s hard work is done run up to the comic con and photographers is after the comic con has ended.
I have recently given myself a week break after a comic con before tackling the photos. But even with not having a day job, my edit process takes me about two weeks to edit MCM London from May 2018.
I am “lucky” that I can spend all day to spend sorting and editing photos but I know other photographers do spend all their free time from their work, social, real-life issues and more to get photos out as quickly as possible. Everyone has different working practices and work at a different rate so, just cause I have a turn over time of about 3 weeks to get photos done, doesn’t mean others can.
So, before you enquire with your photographer “Where are my photos”, ask yourself: have you given enough time to the photographer? If you are desperate for your photos, why not have a conversation about it, maybe invite an incentive to process your photos quicker, maybe buying them a drink/kofi, possible future projects, a specific photos for an event, etc.
Let me know your thoughts on this subject if you agree or not. What advice you would give to others.