Do you attend events and snap photos for a living? Below, the struggles only you and your fellow lens men will understand:
1. Your name is never on the guest list.
You get to an event early, only to find out that your name is not even on the list. Before you can step inside the venue, prepare yourself to be questioned by the bouncers or the people from the reception desk. That’s cool though, since they tend to apologize after things have been sorted out.
2. You’re not entitled to food.
We're humans and we need sustenance. We get hungry, too, you know!
3. You’re seldom informed about the dress code.
You go to an event wearing a bright red shirt and a pair of jeans not knowing that it’s a black-tie affair. The result? You stick out like a sore thumb!
4. People expect you to know everyone’s names.
You try to get everyone’s name right, but memorizing them all by heart is a different story. Worse, when it comes to famous celebrities, they automatically assume that you know who they are.
5. Your line of sight gets blocked by inconsiderate people.
To be fair, some people do stop when they see you taking someone's photo. But most of the time, you have to deal with very inconsiderate people walking into the frame like they don't care at all.
6. When you see someone you’re supposed to take a picture of, they suddenly vanish into thin air a few seconds later.
Just like a magic trick! Now you see him, now you don’t.
7. People call your attention as if they’re hailing a cab.
We actually have names, too. But during events, when people say “hey” or “kuya,” they are most likely calling out the photographer to get their pictures taken. Perhaps a name plate would help? Nah.
8. People look down on you and assume you’re poor.
We can buy our own meals and drinks. Yes, thank you.
9. First thing you do when you get home after an event is to check on the photos.
Maybe a little editing or some cropping? The earlier you can submit to your editor or post the photos online, the better.
10. You’re always the last one to go home.
Because what if you miss anything important? You have to see it through the end.