I spotted the signals, the strong smell of paint, a step ladder and several missing door handles, but since none of this was directly in the area I was planning to work in, I ignored them.
Aware that time is money and that my client is paying for that time, I got on with my job, shooting photographs and arranging people and objects into interesting compositions, wedging myself into tight corners, spread-eagled on the floor and climbing on furniture to acquire that different viewpoint. Working in a long narrow reception area and needing to include the company’s logo which covered the entire height of one of the side walls required a wide angle lens and the greatest of contortionist skills.
Representing my Newbury based company, Mike Samuels Photography, I firmly believe that as a professional photographer on a shoot, you should dress in an appropriate but practical way and unless I need to be ‘suited and booted’, the most suitable attire is a black polo shirt and trousers. This not only looks smart it makes sure that you don’t create unwanted reflections or highlights in your subject.
Moving on to the next shooting location my client noticed something on my back and started brushing my black shirt, then telling me that I had stripes of white paint over my back.
Suddenly the signals I had casually discounted came to mind, but something was missing, where were the ‘wet paint’ notices? Now conscious that I looked more like a zebra than a photographer.
I went back to where the decorator’s tools were and checked the paintwork, it was dry; except for the narrow strip on the door post by the hinges. This was still wet and because I had been squeezing into tight spots I had forced my clothes onto this remaining paint, which because she was confident that nobody would go near, the painter decided, didn’t need a notice.
A simple notice or a symbol would have given me the visual message to beware and shows how vital images and pictures can be in conveying important messages.
My belief is, that every business has a story to tell and whatever that story, it can be improved by using a photograph.
If your business has something to say, give Mike Samuels Photography, a call and let me provide your “picture to paint a thousand words”