A Public Service Announcement brought to you by a professional photographer

This is your warning about my public service announcement. I’m ranting and I know it. I’m frustrated and HIGHLY annoyed. So, read on if you want too.

There is a reason why I am so picky on who I let photograph me and who I won’t. I posted this collage images on my instagram and on my personal facebook a few hours ago. I feel like I need to explain what I meant by it.

black and white instagram head shots of kim kravitz

My caption to this image was: “#PHOTOGRAPHERS: learn what good lighting is and how to use it before you start calling yourself a professional. Please. If you can’t do this stop shooting. #learntoseethelight #rantover”. Now where did this come from? Well, I saw the before and after pictures from the Biggest Loser challenge I did with my local gym. I’m extremely disappointed in their choice of “professional photographer” that they chose to photograph these. I shit you not, the images looked like the first image in the set above. That is in no way a professional image. Hell my third image in the set above is better than the before and afters that the other photographer delivered and I shot these with my iPhone.

I’m not posting this to rat anyone out or bash anyone. I’m post this out of pure frustration by people calling themselves a professional or a premier photographer and they aren’t. Photographers, I’m begging with you to learn you equipment. Learn to see light and how to photograph someone before you pass yourself off as a professional. I lost 10 pounds and 6% body fat doing that Biggest Loser challenge. I feel freaking awesome about that!! But, that awesomeness went away with one crappy image. Is that really how you want your clients to feel?

  • April 4, 2013 - 7:50 pm

    Tracey - Great post! I loved reading this and congrats on losing that weight! Don’t let a crappy image ruin that – you should feel ‘freaking awesome’ I know I would!ReplyCancel

  • April 4, 2013 - 11:01 pm

    carrie - Awesome results with your Biggest Loser challenge, and BOO that your gym didn’t hire a more qualified photog!ReplyCancel

  • April 5, 2013 - 4:24 am

    Megan - That is super frustrating! I hate when I see issues like that with “professional” photographers when they should know that my reading a basic photography 101 online tutorial.ReplyCancel

  • April 5, 2013 - 9:33 am

    Julia - Well said Kim. I could write a novel of a response to your post but would like to say, thank you for having the courage to post this. Leaning one’s craft and continually working at one’s craft should come first, long before opening the doors to one’s business. It is not fair to clients, who put their faith and memories in our hands, thinking they are being taken care of by a “professionals” only to end up with shots similar to what you posted above. This is an important discussion that is far too often overlooked.ReplyCancel

  • April 5, 2013 - 2:55 pm

    Amanda Bergantino - I definitely agree with you–I keep seeing post on both sides bashing newbies and some encouraging them saying all pro are just a bunch of meanies. I’m not a pro or a total newbie but I can’t stand this either. I constantly see photos that are just downright awful. I’m not bashing people just starting out….if you have an interest are willing to invest the time to learn and improve more power to you but people who have been in “business” for 1, 2, 3+ years and show NO progress and ALL your images are taken in NOON direct sunlight….is frankly obnoxious.ReplyCancel

  • April 5, 2013 - 8:52 pm

    Jess - LOL, you tell ’em sister! You are right though, unfortunately, those “photographers” aren’t going to see this post anyway because they don’t look for stuff like blogs, tutorials, etc to make them better. But we all know they are out there. I HOPE I’m not one of them, LOL! :)ReplyCancel

  • April 7, 2013 - 3:17 pm

    natalie - That is so frustrating!

    I used to live in Killeen :)ReplyCancel

  • April 7, 2013 - 7:46 pm

    Robin - Great post, it’s sad but true!ReplyCancel

  • April 7, 2013 - 9:35 pm

    Megan - I feel ya!! But I’m not going to lie the whole time I was reading this post I was thinking – ‘oh crap- I hope I don’t do that’ lol!ReplyCancel

  • April 7, 2013 - 9:39 pm

    Crystal S - ahhhh….so true! It’s amazing what’s passed off as ‘pro’ :/ReplyCancel

  • April 8, 2013 - 10:39 pm

    alexandra ryoo - i get why a real pro would be frustrated :[ btw i love your work!!ReplyCancel

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