but also don't believe them when they start telling you how wonderful you are
and how great your ideas are.
Just believe in your work and you'll do just fine."
The same thing happens, especially with photographers who post images in the various forums on Facebook, asking for a critique. Whether they're happy with the comments or upset, they've forgotten the real issue. It doesn't matter what everybody else thinks, but if the client liked the image.
My old buddy, Dean, who I've quoted hundreds of times said it best...
Sheila also might completely disagree with whatever I suggest and love it just the way it is. She already knows, given the chance, I'd put more garlic and salt in everything we eat. So if she thinks I'm wrong, it's pretty simple. She's confident that she's dead-on with the right flavors she wants and there is no further discussion.
Posting images on line is no different - we all have different tastes and most of the time if an image is really bad the artist knew it when they posted it. You know when an image isn't your very best work and that's okay, just stop acting hurt and surprised if somebody doesn't like it.
That brings me full circle and back to advice I've been giving new photographers for years...