Clients sometimes choose to take their own photos for a variety of reasons, mostly around the idea they can save money shooting photos themselves. Some clients have invested in photographic equipment and feel they need to get the most out of their investment. Take a look at the photos shot by the client and the ones I produced to see what they might have given up by not hiring me. The most obvious difference between these two photos is point of view. Showing faces is often preferred to showing backs. Some people are reticent to get in close and personal. Because my professional experience was originally in photojournalism, I have no reluctance to get where I need to be. Illustrating contextual activity is another big difference between these two photos. In the first, the instructor is focused on the computer and the kids are focused everywhere. In the second, the teacher and the student are heavily engaged at the screen and most kids are paying attention.
Comparing the next two images shows considerable contrast. First of all, the color balance is way off in the first image. The walls aren't white. Secondly, point of view emphasizes the kids but they are chaotic and disorganized. My image shows a stronger, more informative, point of view. The kids are arranged in a much more organized manner emphasizing the features of the furniture and the windows.
Color and tone in the first image below are way off. The client also either purposely or accidentally added a vignette which adds gloom to the photo. The light fixtures, a major design element, are not visible in the first image. Shadows are dark. Another major design element, the windows, are not visible in the first image. There's lots of kid activity in the first image but the second image still illustrates use while being more purposely organized.
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