Ok, so a client came to me and says I really liked a couple of images that I saw on your web site. My response was ok, which website….tifgroupe.com, or arthurhawkinsphotography.com ? She said the second one…and I said ok. She described the image and I made her a print for her home. That has happened many times over the years…..So if it’s my personal website arthurhawkinsphotography.com , why am I putting on the tifgroupe blog? Well this happened to be a tifgroupe client. She researched my work before I could even think of getting the business…She’s seen a good representation of my personal/and our commercial work.
Then came the request…” I need a couple of images to hang in my home…..” She said, What room I said, “The bathroom” she said…”OK” I said.. So I needed to use a man’s watch and cufflinks… Ok, not so hard I thought.
After thinking about it…I thought the best way to shoot for a bathroom is in the bathroom….I got the watch, and cufflinks and began working…first of all, the best light in this case was natural light…from the window off to the side of the room…big and bright…
Rather than shooting everything in focus, I found it to be more interesting if you can see the hero object clearly and allow the other objects in the shot to fade into a nice haze…i.e. use limited depth of field…My go to lens in this case is my Nikkor 105 f2.8 which just makes images buttery soft, or as clear as you ever want them to be…
I thought the B&W looked pretty good, but in this case, I wanted to offer a choice…..so I repositioned the objects and shot..
Now cufflinks are the hero objects in the shot….the watch is playing background…it is larger, but I play that down somewhat by having the much smaller cufflinks in the front….and off to the side so your eye’s go there first…you notice the watch but its really to add to the image, as is the glass container of cotton swabs behind the watch camera right…didn’t notice that…look closely…
Now bringing the watch a little more into focus
Now we are seeing both objects clearly….
……and the cotton swabs….why not!
I’ve never shot for a bathroom, but this was kind of fun….no fuss, just natural light a camera and a great lens…using whatever I had to make a couple of decent images for a client..
As professionals, we sometimes go above and beyond to make our clients happy….even if it’s an unusual request. What’s the take away? This is really simple, building rapport with your clients, allows you to see clearly how to help them…and in return, they see that you are the clear choice to continue working with them..Which is what we all want, a continued business relationship with our clients….
In this case…I sold couple more prints, thus bringing more revenue to Tifgroupe (The Image Facktory Groupe).