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  • Writer's pictureRavi Putcha

Pack Rat Conundrum

When you pay for something, you are entitled to get everything you pay for including, all the bits of pieces of fabric the tailor cuts away, your hair that barber swipes away, scrapes of food left over after they serve you the dish you ordered in a restaurant...haha! I was kidding. You don't want all that, right, or do you?

This is a conundrum of a pack rat that keeps every morsel of food it is not eating, every piece of cloth it destroyed from an heirloom silk saree that was handed down a few generations, every piece of wire and wood it scraped away. It might have its reasons, it is a rat-life. But what excuse do people have? None!

It is a fact that any photographer including I, need to take multiple shots out of which good ones are given to the customer. Some people want every photo good or bad that was shot - they feel entitled (technically they are). Have you wondered what you will do with all the clutter? What's the value of good photos hidden in the haystack of mediocre and bad photos? Here's what you would do, you would back them up safely and forget them for the time being and promise yourself you will come back to it when time permits and sort it out. But life will get you, other important stuff will take over and you will never be able to get back to it.

What you are paying a photographer is for the service of planning the shoot, the shoot itself, curating the entire lot of photos, selecting the good ones, edit and give you usable good photos. But insisting on having all of them you are saying, "...just give me all the ingredients and I will cook the dish myself" if you were in a restaurant...not a very smart thing to do, do you agree?

I always curate and give the best to my customers, that's the part of the service I wouldn't skip for any reason, speaking of which have you planned your photo shoot yet? Just let me know, I will help you with it (...and that's part of the service too). Cheers!


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