Normally an invitation to a party or other such event is something to look forward to, but sadly as a photographer it’s becoming all too regular to receive an invite, often out of the blue and from someone you wouldn’t normally expect to receive one from that’s worded something like:
“Hey Rich, hope you’re well. We’re having a party on such and such a day, hope you can make it!”
Great! I think, that’ll be fun. Then you see the next bit..
“Don’t forget to bring your camera, we’d love to get some good snaps!”
Ahh, so that’s why you’re inviting me then. Because you actually want a professional photographer, but you just don’t want to pay for one.!
Well thanks for the invite, but the only time I take ‘snaps’ is when I’m on holiday, or I happen to spot something that I’d like to remember for later. If you want me to take photos for your event then that’s a job, not a invitation to a party.
There’s an old tale about Picasso that goes something like this:
Picasso was in a park when a woman approached him and asked him to draw a portrait of her. Picasso agreed and quickly sketches her. After handing the sketch to her, she is pleased with the likeness and asks how much she owed to him. Picasso replied £5,000.
The woman screamed, “but it took you only five minutes”.
“No, madam, it took me all my life,” replied Picasso.
I wonder what sort of reaction you’d get if you invited your friend the electrician to your birthday and said “oh, don’t forget your tools, my shower is on the frizz”. Perhaps next time you have a barbecue you could invite a friend who’s a mechanic and ask them to service your car for free while they’re there too?
So yeah thanks for the invite, I’d love to come, but I’ll leave the camera at home thanks :)