Bits & Pieces... Odds & Ends...

Today I am serving up some Bits & Pieces and one snippy comment, but I'll save that for last.

A friend of mine (hey Mike) does food photography and does it very well. One of his clients is "Once Upon a Chef".

I followed through one of his links to see more of the food photography and soon forgot why I was there and started collecting recipes fast and furiously.

Like the Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing, Late Summer Corn Soup, Crispy Tilapia Fingers, Chocolate Fudge Crinkles, Coconut Dream Tart.

So head over to Once Upon a Chef for some delicious recipes and wonderful photography.

The other day we did a review of MaxiVista, an iPad utility that will allow you to extend your desktop for a dual monitor setup.

Well, you will also want to check out (and bookmark) Terry Whites "Best App Site" for the "8 Must Have iPad Apps for Photographers".

Other to check out is the new release from Adobe "Photoshop Express" (free), the iPad photo editing app "PhotoPad" (free), and "Photo Wall for iPad" (yes, free) will help you make beautiful (and custom) photo collages that you can share by uploading or emailing (see their
YouTube video here).

Now... for snippy.

Only once in the 5 years and almost 700 posts have I said something less than complimentary (which can be found here), but this has my panties in such a bunch that I can't keep silent about it.

This tweet came across almost a week ago (I thought time would make it less annoying, but I was wrong): "Today's wedding: fabulous! Today's caterer: not so much. late, ran out of food; I had 3 rolls for dinner."

I find a few things upsetting about this kind of irresponsible "tweet", if you are going to publicly take someone to task (and perhaps cost them business) you need to have substance behind your statement, not just throw out an "Enquirer" headline.

Maybe there was a (legitimate and unavoidable) reason they were late, maybe they were given an incorrect head count and that's why they ran out of food, and maybe the caterer deserves criticism, but it should come from the person who hired them, NOT the photographer.

Impacting the livelihood of another should not be undertaken so flippantly.

In my eyes it reflects more poorly on the photographer than it does the caterer.


Anonymous said...

That tweet is pretty inappropriate. I don't understand why anyone would criticize another vendor publicly like that. It's bad enough that the vendor and others who work with the vendor might see it, but what if the bride sees it? Even if she was unhappy with the caterer herself, here is someone publicly criticizing her WEDDING. If you have an issue with someone, take it up with them privately. Don't involve social media.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, I'm failing to see the harm to the caterer here.

The tweet does not mention the catering company, there is no indication on the tweet stream or the photog's web site that even hints which wedding she was shooting that day. The only people that know who she is referring to are the ones that, like her, experienced it.

She does not, as the previous comment says, criticize the wedding, she actually says it was fabulous; she criticizes two specific things about the caterer, whom she fails to identify.

On the flip side, if I were hiring a caterer for a wedding, you better believe that I would check social media for references both good and bad as I would not want that experience at MY event.

"Legitimate and unavoidable"? Professionals get paid to avoid the unavoidable, and provide for contingencies. Things like having multiple camera bodies and lenses, and even so far as back in the day, ensuring that the film you brought came from different batches in case there was an issue with one.

Your reputation is everything that you have ever done, not just that which you wish to show others.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the first comment. The person tweeting does, in fact, criticize the wedding. Even if the rest of the day went off without a hitch, the catering is a big part of the day. If someone criticized the catering at my event, you can bet that I would see it as a criticism of the event itself. A paid professional should remain just that- professional. And yes, that means having backup equipment and a disaster strategy in place, but it also means operating with discretion. As a professional who is in the same industry as the catering company, the review of the caterer could hardly be construed as an unbiased one.

Scott said...

First, the fact that I have an opinion about something means just that, I have an opinion.

It does make me right or another wrong.

That being said, I don’t agree.

I think that when we are hired for an event (regardless of which vendor we are) we are so busy providing the services for which we have been hired that we least qualified to evaluate on how good (or bad) a job another is doing.

Nor is that what we were hired to do.

Do we as photographers only take good images or is there an occasional stinker?

Would we want the caterer to judge and recommend our work based on those?

And it makes no difference if I as the photographer am happy with the caterer, the florist, or the venue, was the bride?

I just think life is better when we follow the golden rule “if you don’t have anything nice to say…”

Anonymous said...

Interesting post Scott. Probably have a lively set of comments! Not snippy. Just a topic that seems to slip by the common sense of most people.

Really, exactly WHAT is the purpose of a post/tweet that's so negative except to be malicious and whiny?

I'd say that someone's mom never taught them proper manners:

"if you don't have anything nice to say, keep your big mouth shut"

I think it is safe to assume that the 2nd comment here was by the actual photographer since it is so defensive in nature and refers to the gender of the photographer which you didn't do. Sorta dilutes the argument, no?

Your reputation is everything that you have ever done, not just that which you wish to show others.

Very true. Curious to know just how forthcoming the photographer is about their own practices.

Anonymous said...

FYI, the second post was NOT by the photographer, just someone who can do a bit of research and post based on that.


"Today's wedding: fabulous!" twitter

and see what pops up.

But as I said, I did do the research, and I am still failing to identify in any way, shape or form, who the caterer was. No harm was done.

If you don't want people's opinions, don't follow twitter. Twitter is made for posting vacuous comments from people that can only think 140 characters at a time... what really are people expecting? If anything useful comes out of it, it falls into the wisdom of monkeys and typewriter's.

Scott said...

“Twitter is made for posting vacuous comments from people that can only think 140 characters at a time...”

You are so correct…

“wisdom of monkeys and typewriter's.”

Funny stuff… though you must be old (like me) to know what a typewriter is…