PROM PHOTOS SUCK - A GAME I ALMOST LOST AT - Portland Prom Photographer

Prom is exciting for juniors and seniors. I've only been doing photography for a couple years now and on top of that moving to a state that we knew ZERO people made it scary to be able to run my business now in a new state.  This is technically my first full season with Seniors and I thought what a could I do to get my name out. I realized that you need to give in order to receive. So, I thought I would offer some Prom Photos to anyone who shows up.  I tweeted, I facebooked, I snapchatted, and I Instagrammed. I was all over it! I got almost ZERO response and I'm not going to lie, the inner artist kicked in and thought "man, I must really suck at photography."

May 14th came and it was time to keep my word and at least show up. I almost tweeted that was going to cancel to save me from the embarrassment.  I packed my truck, (or at least had my assistant do it) then I drove over to Eastern Promenade getting there just after 3pm. I tweeted where we were and then waited.... and I mean waited.. for a loooooooong 2.5 hours.... I walked around, stalked a couple wedding photographers who were shooting there down, and I was going to get back into the truck and head out, cut my losses, pay my assistant, and go grab large Italian at Dipietro's and whoopie pie myself to bed! 

5:40pm came around and the flood gates of prom heaven opened up. I mean it was a wicked nor' easter up in the E.P.. What seemed to be around 200-300 people I couldn't shoot fast enough. I couldn't craft all my lovely models the way I wanted, but I did get to get in a grove where I could get more than a 1 shot and yell "next", so I am super happy about that. 

Manners aren't social media connected, and they don't tag or talk or even seem to want to be seen, but I know the pics are out there floating around at least getting some likes. IG is a whole another story, but I get one love and mentions on those images! Imagine if I wouldn't have just up'ed and left. I felt defeated that no one was showing up, and I know that the Prom Would Have Gone On, but hopefully I was able to bring a little 207Senior Experience to their special Prom because I choice to keep my commitment to being there from 3pm-7pm :) I'm so honored and very grateful to have been apart of your day people! thanks! 

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I'm an Internationally Published Photographer from Los Angeles and now in Portland Maine. I own a Small Digital Creative Agency with clients from the West Coast to East Coast. I've been doing Photography for a couple years now, but have a long history in Film/Television and Radio. I'm pretty passionate about espresso and making latte art. Follow me on Instagram (SurJones) to see a peak instead a my daily hustle!