You ever been on a shoot location that had 12 different photographers? In Cincinnati, that's Ault Park. How about a client who asks you to shoot in a field of sunflowers only to find out 30 other photographers are there and have all but trampled the sunflowers? So how do you convince a client that shooting at a sunflower field or at Ault Park is done to death? That's where being eclectic comes in.
Clients generally have an idea that they've picked up from Pinterest, Instagram, or FB. They loved this person's shoot because it was dreamy and blah, blah, blah. But what I've learned over the years is this, ask questions. Send them questionnaires filled with some of the most interesting questions that you can come up with. Give them something to think about. What you find is that many people are afraid to really live their dream. They may not see themselves in a particular light, but you have the ability with hair, makeup, and location to give them the fantasy.
When you're eclectic, weird, different, you see things in ways others won't. The tough part is marrying 2 visions that will make for the greatest outcome. That's what we did in this photosession, I wanted to shoot in a laundromat. Why? Well, why wouldn't I? How many teenagers in gowns do you see traipsing through a laundromat in Kentucky on a Friday afternoon? None you say? That's what I thought. How about a young woman in a ball gown in a junkyard in Kentucky? Nope? And that's what gives us the magic we need to set ourselves apart from the everyday look on IG, Pinterest, and FB. The people in the laundromat were fascinated by what we were doing. And strangely enough, I gained some new fans from this shoot!
Traditional is cool and there will always be a place for traditional photographers and their gorgeous work. I like to push things to the limit and go out of my way to find a spot that is untouched by the photography masses and luckily for me, Northern Kentucky gives me a lot of opportunities.