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Nov - 2012 This gig was a photographer's dream. I won't lie, in order to survive, we often have to do some less creative commercial work in not … Read More
Nov - 2012 This gig was a photographer's dream. I won't lie, in order to survive, we often have to do some less creative commercial work in not so good conditions. We have to fight and argue with the client to make him understand how you right-fully deserve every single dollar you ask for. We have to create the super awesome with "in-bad-shape raw products." This was none of that. First of all, that photo shoot was planned. They actually hired me something like 6 months in advance. Also, they knew want the wanted and had actual examples of it. Then, they knew such a big job was impossible to do in 4 hours... ........... So they had 2 days booked for me to make sure that I could do my thing the right way and not be always running everywhere, doing everything in the time given. VERY IMPORTANT POINT TOO: The people actually working in these, WERE MENTIONNED that a photographer was coming. So for probably one of the first time of my career I was working without having the impression of disturbing everyone. Plus the place was cleaned. Finally, some other non-neglictable good points about all this gig and company: - Money was good and they know that with better money you get a happier photographer and a better result. - They organized the pre-production so well that I had a chance to meet the interior designer from San Francisco and we got a good 45 minutes together figuring out which shots he wanted, they wanted, I wanted. Sounds normal but sometimes when the very creator of the place tells you that he created this like this because of this, you, as a photographer, think about it when you're shooting. - The place was really looking good. I take the time to mention this, not in case the clients reads this, but because I'm not of fan of super modern interior design. I usually like more filled spaces with more of a story you know, but every single details of Teknion's showroom was so well thinked that it created that magnificent place, making it a lot easier for me to shoot. I know to some this will sound pretty normal. The fact is that in Montreal's market, it really is not always like that especially when, like this in this case, you do direct-client business. These are things you have to deal with everyday. Things you get used to. When a new client acts THIS professionally with you, well you're kind of surprised and you write some good stuff like this about them. Read Less
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By Patrick St-Arnaud
Nov - 2012

This gig was a photographer's dream. I won't lie, in order to survive, we often have to do some less creative commercial work in not so good conditions. We have to fight and argue with the client to make him understand how you right-fully deserve every single dollar you ask for. We often have to create the super awesome with "in-bad-shape raw products."

This was none of that.

First of all, that photo shoot was planned. They actually hired me something like 6 months in advance. Also, they knew what they wanted and had actual examples of it. Then, they knew such a big job was impossible to do in 4 hours... ........... So they had 2 days booked for me to make sure that I could do my thing the right way and not be always running everywhere, doing everything in the time given.

VERY IMPORTANT POINT TOO: The people actually working in these, WERE MENTIONNED that a photographer was coming. So for probably one of the first time of my career I was working without having the impression of disturbing everyone. Plus the place was cleaned.

Finally, some other non-neglictable good points about all this gig and company:
- Money was good and they know that with better money comes a happier photographer and better results.
- They organized the pre-production so well that I had a chance to meet the interior designer from San Francisco and we got a good 45 minutes together figuring out which shots he wanted, they wanted, I wanted. Sounds normal but sometimes when the very creator of the place tells you that he created this like this because of this, you, as a photographer, think about it when you're shooting.
- The place was really looking good. I take the time to mention it, not in case the clients reads this, but because I'm not of fan of super modern interior design. I usually like spaces more filled with more of a story around it you know, but every single details of Teknion's showroom was so well thinked that it created that magnificent place, making it a lot easier for me to shoot.

I know to some this will sound pretty normal. The fact is that in Montreal's market, it really is not always like the way it goes, especially when, like this in this case, you do direct-client business. These are things you have to deal with everyday. Things you get used to. When a new client acts THIS professionally with you, well you're kind of surprised and you write some good stuff like this about them.