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This picture shows how people can negatively react to a person pointing a camera in their direction without asking for permission first. I find that people tend to have this reaction the most when their kids might be photographed.
While I know that it is legal for me to take the picture, and that I don’t plan on doing anything “bad” with it, I still try to be respectful of people who are being protective of their children. The way I (generally) do this is to..
- Take the picture.
- Smile and say thanks.
- If someone stops me and asks what I’m doing I tell them.
- I offer a business card, and to send them a copy if they give me a email. (Note: A business card that says PHOTOGRAPHER on it is often a total game changer. I guess that it makes people see you as a “professional” and that changes how they think about you… )
- If they ask me to delete the picture I say, “No problem.” Then I delete it. (Note: I don’t offer to delete the picture, but if someone asks me to I will.)
As of this writing I have never had to go beyond step number three. I think this is because the person who is confronting me might be expecting me to be some sort of creepy dude taking pictures of random people. They don’t expect me to be a nice, honest, and if I’m lucky “charming” dude who just offered to send them a copy of a picture.
So I guess I’m trying to say…
- Don’t be afraid to take pictures
- Have a business card, honesty, and some charm in your bag of tricks.