I think it’s important.
I can’t always control what’s going on around me, but I can control how I react to it. This is especially true when you encounter rudeness or when a situation is just entirely out of line.
Ignore it and move on. Generally the best policy.
I’m not hired by my clients to settle scores, or be macho, or try to out-tough some jerk. I’m hired to take photos.
Sometimes… you just can’t walk away. There’s that jerk that gets under your skin. It gnaws at you. Eats away. You just HAVE to do something.
I knew when we walked by the first time that there was going to be trouble. I mean, really? Picking a fight with me when I’m obviously with clients? Come ON!
I brushed it off and did my best to ignore it. Took a few more shots with the clients. Good shots. I didn’t let the incident influence the job I had to do. But then it was time for the clients to step out for a few minutes to change outfits. And I just couldn’t let this go. With the clients gone, it was time for the gloves to come off.
I went back around the corner and of course he was still there. Still mouthing off.
It’s on, pal! On like Donkey Kong!
And of course, I photographed it…
I’m pretty sure it was my flash that really made him mad. So he decided to just attack it directly…