Yesterday was one of those days which normally don’t come up my way. But having shown me the way to live the day, as worse as yesterday…I thank you God. I am glad I got to learn an awesome lesson which is much worthy and is beyond the disappointment I had to come across.
Here I go with yesterday’s roller coaster…
I was super excited to deliver a project for a client because this was a project that I had worked for days at stretch, day in and day out with all my heart plus some additional time had also gone into planning out the images well in advance so as to get the folio right, in an exact way as I had imagined. Having said that I respect the amount of time I spend on each of my deliverables. I make sure I reproduce the best images I can and try to flourish them with creativity throughout.
When I handed over the work to the client, I could actually see glitter in the eyes of one of the clients while the senior one had no reaction at all and probably my heart was shouting from inside and poking me to check if I had given everything right. Little did I know that more than the joy of that, the senior one was actually concerned only about the charges that they had to deduct from their spacious treasury to buy that invaluable time and creativity of mine. And thereafter, the obvious became true and it was all about money. I doubt if I was offered a break even too. And on top of that, nagging became the part of the game as well. Blaaaaah !!!!!!
I was actually willing to walk away in a charity mode or else willing not to offer the products itself. This incident reminded me of the days when in a reply to somebody, Maharaja Patiala had bought Rolls Royce cars to rather use them to throw garbage out of the town. My heart was jumping to say so many things which I held back due to some personal reasons which now seem negligible. I wanted to yell out that my art and creativity is not meant to be taken away with mockery at the price of peanuts. I don’t know how much vain is it to claim but all my photography services are offered with sincerity, dedication and commitment. I submit my work to the client, only after I am sure of myself that I am putting in all the creativity that I have, with all the hard work I can do. It is my time and creativity that I value and charge my clients for and I don’t work for free. Nothing in this world comes for free for that matter and for me, my respect, my work and my time is far more a priority.
I learnt a few invaluable lessons that no other thing than this incident could ever have taught me.
Things can always turn either ways as we find different kinds of people every time. They may be totally opposite of what we think them to be. And yea, as they always say we should keep our personal and professional relations separate. (Easily said but realisation has made me sense the authenticity behind these lines.)
Emotions should actually be dealt with a lot of professionalism. Some people play on emotions and in the end your business only shall suffer. And yea, it is so much wise to practice away the odd situations and how-to-deal-with-them things before hand.
If it is professionalism that you talk, then consider calling the client to your office place for the sake of collecting the work that belongs to him/her – for which they chose to hire you. Ahh, there were so many things that I had read about professionalism, about business, about photography business and all of them, which were popping up my head and hitting like snowballs on my forehead. Why didn’t I apply those well in advance I wondered.
After coming back home, I think I was practicing different answers that I could have shot on my client. I wish I had blown some air into the bag before.
Anyways, that was a brief trailer of what I experienced and frankly I have lost all the respect I had for that client of mine. I may not consider working for them now ever and I have a bleak idea if that client of mine is reading up this post too! If you are reading this post, my dearest client … Please recall how much money you spend in branded salons for the heck of your spas and facials which last not even a month versus the amount of services you were just offered for your lifetime. Try calculating the ROI and you may know for your esteemed self.
Anyways, thanks for throwing those peanuts! I have pasted those in my scrap book and will remember them forever for various reasons altogether.