Whenever I can, I try to give my clients a choice. It’s great to give your clients what they asked for, but it’s even better if you can give them more. Give them variations on the picture they briefed you about but what about doing something dramatically different.
A while ago I shot the engagement session of Bart and Marleen. Marleen likes the lifestyle feel en Bart, as a creative person himself, likes a bit more drama.
Time for something different and more dramatic by shooting against the sun and keeping the background rather dark. At iso 50-100, f/13 and 1/200 I needed a substantial amount of juice form Elinchrom Ranger.
Bart en Marleen asked for different looks, but it’s something I also try to do when the client requests only one look. Even when I get a very detailed brief, I try to go for something different once the requested picture is on the CF-card.
Sometimes these experiments don’t work but you probably learned something out of it. Your client will still be happy because you did what was required of you and he’s probably going to be impressed by the fact that you at least walked the extra mile to try something different. When it works out, you give your client an added value by providing him with a choice. It wouldn’t be the first time that a client of mind changed a layout because they liked the experiment better that the original idea. And even if they stick with to the first plan, they’ll be much more likely to see you as a creative storyteller rather than a monkey with a camera.
A bit thanks to fellow photographer Filip, who stepped in as a last minute assistant to lug around Sunbounces and flashes.