6 Things Damaging the Photographer’s Credibility


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In this article, I’m going to be sharing with you six things photographers do that damage their credibility. If you’re in the world of business or even just existing as a human, you ought to know that there are things which when done will affect your business or yourself as a human, and you ought to try your best to not commit acts that would stain your reputation. As a photographer, your credibility is everything. It’s what sets you apart from the competition for one, and helps you build a loyal client base. Here are six things that can damage your credibility as a photographer:

  1. Poor quality work is perhaps the most obvious factor that can damage your credibility as a photographer. If your work is consistently poor quality, you’ll quickly gain a reputation for being unreliable and unprofessional. People want to hire photographers who will satisfy them in terms of results. They don’t want to spend time and money and not get what they were looking for. You wouldn’t want that yourself.
  2. Over-editing. While editing is an integral part of the photography process, it’s easy to go overboard and end up with unrealistic or unnatural-looking photos. This can make you appear amateurish or lacking in skill. I see some photographers who are refusing to retouch their photos and go with natural looks. It all depends on you as an artist, but always remember, overediting is going to affect your business and craft in the end.
  3. Inconsistency. If your work is inconsistent in style, quality, or approach, it can be difficult for clients to know what to expect. This can lead to confusion and a lack of trust in your abilities.
  4. Missed deadlines. Failing to deliver work on time can be a major red flag for clients, and it can damage your reputation as a reliable and professional photographer. In simple words, when you say you’re going to do something, stand by your word and do it.
  5. Poor communication. Effective communication is key to building trust and establishing a strong working relationship with clients. If you’re unresponsive or difficult to reach, it can make clients feel like you’re not invested in their project or not taking their needs seriously. I’ve worked with a couple of photographers who had BAD communication skills. They delay delivering to the client, and when the client calls them they either give a flimsy excuse or ignore the call together, and this has cost them their business.
  6. Inappropriate behaviour. Inappropriate behaviour, whether it’s on social media or during shoots, can quickly damage your credibility and lead to lost business. It’s important to always conduct yourself in a professional manner and avoid any behaviour that could be perceived as disrespectful or unprofessional. Do not touch the model if you have not asked permission from her. We live in dangerous times and you ought to tread carefully. Be appropriate in your communication and everything that you do. The world lives on the internet today, and bad news travels faster. When you conduct yourself inappropriately as a photographer, the internet world will hear it and that might be the end of your business. A photographer once molested a model and then changed his Instagram username. in the end, it affected his business. Don’t be controlled by your libido!

By avoiding these damaging behaviours and focusing on delivering high-quality work and excellent customer service, you can establish yourself as a credible and reliable photographer in your industry.

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