If you're thinking about starting a photography business this question will come up.
You find that you love taking photos. You do photo sessions, maybe even events and find tons of things to photograph. Every few seconds you find a different angle, an expression or know the right photo is about to happen, but you want to make sure they don't close their eyes so you take photo after photo.
You get back home and find that you have taken hundreds of photos.
You then have decide what to present to the client. You find that you love almost all of them. So you cull all the ones that are blurry or over exposed or where they are blinking. You feel happy about these selections and get ready to put them on a cd. There are tons of duplicates in there as well as some stunning ones and some ok images, but you are happy to give them all to the client. More is better you tell yourself and your client is going to be super happy.
The client gets the photos and likes most of them and many they find just so-so. They take longer than usual to decide on which they want ordered or they hardly order any.
You think to yourself, wow, I took all those photos, took a lot of time to give them a good variety and not much came from it.
What did I do wrong, or should I be looking at this different?
This is a topic of heated debate and it should make sense to you given your business model:
1. How much is too much?
2. Am I sharing only my best images?
3. Am I making it easy for them to select the photos they want printed or in an album?
4. If I charge per hr how many images should be included in that hr?
5. How long is it taking me to edit all these images?
Everyone does things differently and of course do what makes most sense to your business. Also, make sure it is consistent. Consistency is super important.
Please share your thoughts.