OK, I said it!
In blogging for some national sites and looking at images from styled wedding shoots that clients have been involved with, I see some crazy stuff.
Here are some things that make me crazy when I read blogs or submissions.
Do Something Unique!
I’ve seen your ‘original concept’ on Pinterest a hundred times. If it’s there, it is no longer original. Look at a new venue and build something around the interesting architectural details, the Brussels sprouts on caterers fall menu or something outside of the box.
Buy A Steamer!
More importantly, look at the details. I hate linen that is wrinkled and silverware that is set improperly. People come to you to be an expert in your field, regardless of what it is that you do. LOOK AT YOUR DETAILS!
If you are not the photographer or planner overseeing the event and your product is being represented, you should still be there protecting your best interest!
Show Something You Can Sell
I see centerpieces that are HUNDREDS of dollars, even thousands of dollars with the rest of the tabletop. If this concept is more than a slight reach for your current higher end client, you might not be helping yourself. Can your clients afford to do ten, fifteen or twenty of these tables?
Is it showcasing something you really can and want to reproduce over and over again?
Does it showcase something that is your brand? Don’t get talked into being part of a photo shoot that isn’t a product that represents you.
If you are planning a photo shoot and looking to submit it somewhere, don’t be afraid to talk to the publication to see what they are looking for.
When you submit please, please, please make sure that the images you share on your blog or send to a publication match the story you tell. The photos need to support the story you tell.
Once again, images are not read by search engines, the SEO rich text is.