Every Photographer’s Dream Client


We covered their wedding in 2007. They’re quite an unusual couple. Usually we get a call from the bride-to-be asking about the different wedding photography packages we offer. In this couple’s instance, the call came from the groom-to-be. I was surprised & not too expectant. This was because ALMOST every groom-to-be that called us (and still calls) to make inquiries about our wedding photography packages usually DO NOT end up hiring us as their photographer. If you ask me why, I’ll attribute it to the fact that men are more logical in their thinking than women. The average EMOTIONAL woman does not see anything wrong in spending $20,000 for the photography coverage of her wedding. On the other hand, the average LOGICAL man thinks spending $1,000 for the same coverage is a blatant waste of financial resources. This was especially true for a large percentage of the clients I was meeting between 2006 & 2008. So you’ll really have to forgive me I was surprised that Deji called to ask what it will take (financially) to cover his wedding. Upon further investigation, I would discover that we came highly recommended by his bride-to-be, Yinka. Apparently she had inferred that it was either we cover the wedding or the wedding will not hold (at least that’s the version I choose to believe in my head). He was bent on pleasing his babe & after presenting a bill of N160k we covered the 2-days celebration in the city of Ibadan. I was awed at the high dignitary level of hospitality I received from their families when I got to Ibadan. I almost felt bad for charging them at all considering how well they treated me. Maybe I had met enough people that thought I was ripping them off by charging an UNGODLY amount for a wedding coverage. They proved to be different. They pampered me. Especially the family of the bride. I was overwhelmed. But what has overwhelmed me more is my relationship with the couple in the last four years. They’ve moved from just being “clients” to being “friends”. More importantly they’ve become my photography marketers; always quick to recommend me to their family members & colleagues that needed world-class photography services. Truth be told, I can’t tell you specifically what I’ve done to deserve all their referrals (over N430k worth of referred jobs if my accounting is right). From “CLIENTS” to “FRIENDS” to “MARKETERS”. They’re every photographer’s dream client. Their wedding clocked 4yrs on December 1, 2011. I was thinking of surprising them with a beautifully composed poem by midnight but I fell asleep. So this is the best I could come up with. Here’s to wishing Deji & Yinka Aliu many more years of joy & celebration. Its been great knowing you guys. Your friendship has made my photography career (especially) more fulfilling. Thank you for being every photographer’s dream client. Happy Anniversary

N.B. Yinka presently runs an event management company, OLIVE EVENTS. Serious enquirers can contact me for more details on hiring her services :>)

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A LESSON FROM THE MOUSE


Got this from a friend online

A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package. “What food might this contain?” the mouse wondered. He was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap. Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning: “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!” The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said “Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it.”The mouse turned to the pig and told him “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!” The pig sympathized, but said “I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured you are in my prayers.” The mouse turned to the cow and said “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!” The cow said “Wow, Mr. Mouse. I’m sorry for you, but it’s no skin off my nose.” So, the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer’s mousetrap alone. That very night a sound was heard throughout the house – like the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey. The farmer’s wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught. The snake bit the farmer’s wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital and she returned home with a fever. Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup’s main ingredient. But his wife’s sickness continued, so friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig. The farmer’s wife did not get well; she died. So many! People came for her funeral; the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them. The mouse looked upon it all from his crack in the wall with great sadness. So, the next time you hear someone is facing a problem and think it doesn’t concern you, remember: when one of us is threatened, we are all at risk. We are all involved in this journey called life. We must keep an eye out for one another and make an extra effort to encourage one another. Each of us is a vital thread in another person’s tapestry. God bless you BIG Pls Share your thoughts.