I’ve been doing party photography for quite a while now, and I’ve noticed that there’s a bunch of annoying questions that keep popping up.
So I’ve written this little list, clarifying why they are annoying, to hopefully keep some of you from asking them.
Please realize whilst reading this, that I hardly get paid (if I get paid at all) for party photography, that I usually work for about six to seven hours straight and that I’ll be navigating a huge drunk crowd for most of that time. Also realize that I’ve heard every single one of these questions at least a hundred times.
Please keep in mind that, while you are standing here, trying to express your desires through your own drunk slurring voice and the noise of the club, I am probably missing out on some wicked shots over at the DJ booth.
Enough with the disclaimers, here it is.
Top five most annoying things people ask party photographers
01. “Are you in any of them yourself?”
Also: “Could I take your picture with your camera?”
Annoying for two reasons.
Firstly, no, I am probably not in any of these pictures, because I take the pictures. Camera’s usually only take pictures in one direction, use some common sense.
Secondly, no you may not use my camera to take a picture of me, yet again, this has two reasons. First of which, camera’s are goddamn expensive, and I am not well insured.
Second of which, if I really want a picture of my self right now, I can flip the damn thing around and take a myspace-style hand-held photo of myself, it’d probably still turn out better than anything you’ll be able to do right now, you drunk fuck.
02. “can you take a picture of us”
Well of course I can, and I will, and I’ll delete the fucking peace-fingers duckface-fest piece of shit as soon as you turn your head, so don’t bother asking.
The main problem here is that there’s two kinds of party photographers. The first kind is those who want to make a good looking impression of the night’s feel and the other kind are there to take pictures of people, to lure them to partysites like partyflock.
I am a photographer of the first kind, and I hate being stopped about 50 times in 5 minutes when I’m heading from the stage to the back of the room to get a different perspective. You are probably ugly, and the picture I’ll take of you will probably not be interesting to anyone but you, so fuck off.
03. where will these be posted?
If the party is big: it’s not my fucking job to distribute these things, check the party’s website/facebook.
Otherwise, they’ll just be on my facebook, and you’ll be tagged. So stop worrying about it and enjoy the fucking party.
04. can I see the picture(s) you just took?
No. There’s probably over a couple hundred on my camera right now, most of which are underlit, overlit, badly shot, blurry or just plain uninteresting. Why on Thor’s green earth would you want to waste both our time right now looking at a 3,5″ piece of shit screen when you can peruse a finer selection of photo’s at an opportune time later? Maybe when you need an excuse to stop gobbling cock for five seconds.
05. OMG you can’t post this one, I look horrible!
Yes I can. I won’t remember which picture you asked me not to post anyway. If you don’t want to look like an idiot in photo’s, try not getting so drunk you throw up on yourself. I can’t help you with how horrible you look though, that’s probably just you.
Wondering why I’m such a sour, deprived shell of a human being? Well here’s why:
top five things people do not ask party photographers
01. Do you want to get paid?
That’s right, I usually don’t get paid, and if I do, it’ll probably be less than you are spending tonight.
02. Do you need a bed to sleep in tonight?
I’ve traveled all across the Netherlands, shooting for parties, I’ve slept on more floors and chairs than I care to remember. I’ve not known where and/or if I was going to sleep that night on several occasions and I’ve spent countless hours in cold train stations waiting for the first morning train.
03. do you need a safe place to stash your gear?
Yes, yes I do. My gear is literally the most valuable stuff I posses! Backstage? Yeah sure, I’m sure no-one who isn’t supposed to be there has access to it. Especially not those shady sort-of-friends-of-the-DJ characters I just saw back there.
04. Should I stop doing [x] now?
Fill in for x:
– Peace signs
– Pulling a bass-face and looking at the camera, not at the DJ
– Thumbs up, thumbs down, middle finger, any kind of gesture aimed at the camera purely because you know ‘it’ll make a cool picture’.
05. Would you like some beer on your kit?
Oh look, you’ve gone ahead and done it anyway. Gee thanks.