I was hired as a photographer to take a set of images to promote a New Year’s party event promoting a champagne brand.
Me: I’ll need you to provide the setting – so decorations and people to shoot for the party.
The event was in collaboration with a luxury thermal resort. They asked me to come at the resort at 10 AM on a weekday of November. Once I got there I saw that there were no decorations at all, and nothing to suggest that it’s a New Year’s party at all.
I sent my assistant to buy balloons and sparklers.
Client: So, we don’t have any models hired but we thought maybe you could be in the photos to make it seem like there’s a party going on?
Me: I’m not sure how I can take the photos and be in them at the same time.
Client: Oh, right, never mind.
After a long discussion, we agreed to have my assistant model. We did the shoot and then, when we were about to leave:
Client: By the way, we want you to make it look like the party is at night.
Me: That is not possible. You scheduled this shoot for midday, outside in the open.
Client: Just make some “photo magic.”
Me: It doesn’t work like that.
Client: (spreading hands wide) Abracadabra!