Thanks to everyone who offered their feedback! This choice was pretty easy, considering that it was an apples and oranges comparison. The client wound up choosing photo B, which ran in Business Miami shortly afterwards.
Why it was chosen:
Although the client specified they wanted indoor shots with a candid feel, my shot of Alex Conway outdoors won them over. It was vibrant, showcased the Mr. Softee brand (an added bonus) and the composition was dynamic. All of these elements made it stand out among the other corporate headshots, which were shot in boardrooms and snowy forests. Sure, I went against their initial request, but I knew my decision would pay off.
Why is this post important?
This was an exercise in refinement. With digital photography, photographers feel liberated to the point where they give their clients hundreds and sometimes thousands of photos. The client then has to weed through them on their own, complicating the process -- but photographers are forgetting it is not the client's job to do that. YOU shoud be the one to filter your work down. Similar to when you bring you portfolio to a job interview, you should be wise enough to filter out the maybe/meh shots so that the only shots in your portfolio are the wow shots. I mentioned it during my ReThink Hawaii speech:
Ditch the unecessary so the necessary can stand out.
I intend to continue this series with the hopes that it will temper your skills in photo selection.
To my haters and anal-retentive photographers:
I never claimed my work to be technically superior. My work is a fusion of film techniques with some cinematic flair. It's going to be grainy and I will always break rules. It is this evolved sense of style that will continue to get me print work and clients. I suggest you embrace new styles and new ways of accomplishing things, lest you want to be left in the dust along with other antiquated schools of thought.