Every Wednesday, we have a question to ask our writers in a series we call Fstoppers Answers. We encourage the public to ask questions they'd like our staff of professional photographers and videographers to answer. Last week, you asked to hear our worst mistakes, this week you ask "How Do You Balance Your Personal Creativity in Your Paid Work?"
As always, if you have a question to ask, feel free to do so in the comments below or on our thread in our Facebook Group. Also feel free to provide your input below in the comments.
Almost all clients have urgent requirements.
The balance between business deliverables & what one is creatively happy with, is not easy. In our market, they love to cut corners and rely on Voodooshop, it saves them time wasted in a photo shoot. It’s hard to compete with such requirements, especially when you have a family to care for.
I'm with Dave about getting the required/client desired shots, first. They won't be willing to try something different until they call the boss to confirm that they've got "the shot." (sending a quick screen grab from their iPhone for approval). Then, if time permits, try some creative things as a "bonus".
Second. It also depends on how you charge for your work and time. If you do full and half-day rates, and you have time remaining, then it's easy to suggest trying something new or creative. However, if you charge by piece rate or hourly, once you get what the client wants. It's miller time.
Third. Many clients have other things to do and places to be, meetings, etc. Some have flights to catch and their attention will shift hours before departure. You have to be sensitive to this, and want to leave them with a good impression.