Today, I want to chat with you guys about the photographs you use in your blog posts, and something big that many photographers don’t consider when deciding how many photos to use in a post.
Here’s a quick question for you.
Do you have a favorite TV show you love to watch every week, but totally hate it when one of your friends or family members accidentally gives away the shocking twist from an episode you haven’t gotten around to watching yet?
For us, it’s shows like “The Walking Dead”, “The Blacklist” and “Person Of Interest”. In days gone by, it used be Jack Bauer in “24”, but we’re still waiting for that one to make a proper comeback.
Anyway, because we’re so busy much of the time it can be a while before we get caught up on what’s going on with Rick and the gang, “Red” Reddington, or the charming man in the suit.
It’s therefore a huge let down when we accidentally stumble across a Facebook conversation where people are happily talking about that latest “shocker” we haven’t actually seen yet.
Spoilers That Are Once Seen, Cannot Be Unseen!
You know that feeling, right?
In a fraction of a second, our eager anticipation of the next episode is deflated as fast as a popped balloon because, well, now we know what’s coming and it’s no longer a surprise.
Why is this kind of thing so disappointing for us?
After all, we want to know what happens, so what’s the big deal with finding out a little sooner than we planned?
I think it has a lot to do with the experience as a whole – the journey, if you like, that we take on the way to finding out.
For example, as much as we need to know what happens, it’s just not as interesting when we find out in advance that a major Walking Dead character gets killed off, without actually experiencing the drama and tension of the story for ourselves.
If you think about it, as a professional photographer, aren’t you in the business of telling photographic stories and providing your clients with a similar thrill of anticipation?
That amazing wedding you photographed the other day, the romantic engagement portraits in the park, or the playful kids having fits of giggles at the beach – those are just some of the delightful stories that you record with your camera and bring to life with your artistic gift through your photography skills.
Of course, your clients are stoked with anticipation at the thought of re-living those storied moments, as seen through your eyes and interpreted for them in your unique style.
But what happens if you give them too much? Let’s find out…
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