If you took high school science, it’s highly likely that you covered or are familiar with Albert Einstein’s Theory Of Relativity. Yeah, I know. For some people, it wasn’t the most fun experience. Let’s say I just spare you the revisit to old Mr. Snitchzenbob’s class and cover it in layman’s terms.
Basically, time, space and other things appear differently depending on the person and his or her perspective. For example (let’s make it fun): How long does it take for an hour to pass? Well, if you had a one-hour wait to be seated at a restaurant, an hour would seem like a day. However, if you were eating your last meal before execution, an hour would seem like a minute.
It’s all relative.
Now, how does that apply to my photography tale? Well, check this one out.
I had a client who was eager to do an outdoor family photo shoot, late in the fall. So late, that his scheduled date was one of the last available warm days of the season.
About a week before the shoot, I get a phone call…
“Hello, this is Kenny.”
“Hey Mr. Davis, this is So-and-so. I was calling about our shoot.”
“Yes, Mr. So-and-so. How are you today? Did you have questions about our session?”
“Well, not so much a question. We might need to reschedule.”
“Ok. Is everything alright?”
“Yeah, it’s just that it’s going to get down to about 50 degrees and my wife said that’s too cold for her.”
“I understand. Especially since you’re wanting to pose while on the ground with leaves. You DO know that it’s not going to get any warmer, right?”
“Yeah, that’s the thing. I don’t want to cancel, but she’d rather wait ’til spring.”
“I see. You do also know that she will no longer have the autumn leaves she wanted. It will be colorful flowers.”
“Yeah, we really wanted that falling leaves thing.”
“Would you prefer to wait until next fall?”
“No, we’ll do the spring. We’re already behind on our family pictures.”
“I understand. Would you like to set a tentative date…?”
You all know the rest. We set a date, based on the monthly forecast with the understanding that nothing is certain in terms of weather and personal schedules. But since he’d already paid their deposit, he was eager to lock something down before my schedule filled up.
A full schedule. Wouldn’t that be nice?
Fast forward to February.
Riiiiiinnnng! (I know. Smartphones have ringtones. Hush.)
“Hello, this is Kenny.”
“Mr. D! What’s up! This is So-and-so! Calling about the family shoot that we had to reschedule!”
“Yesssss, Mr. So-and so. How are things?
“Doing great, man! Life is good. Listen, I was wondering if we could choose a closer date.”
“What’cha got in mind?”
“Well, we have relatives coming in and we’d like to do a bigger family shoot if you’re available.”
“When is that?”
“I know it’s kind of short notice, but next weekend.”
“No, outdoors! It’s warming up. It’s going to be 50 degrees!!!“
“Excuse me? 50 DEGREES?”
“YEAH! Great, ain’t it? We caught a break! It’s for the relatives!!!”
“What’s so funny?”
“Uhhh, have you talked to your wife about this?”
“I think you had better speak with your wife and get back to me.”
Even WITH family in town.
Like I said, it’s all relative(s).
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