Hi All in Blogland. Welcome to another installment of the life of the growing photographer. Now, most of us go to our jobs no matter what they are to earn a living. Bartering is not as huge as it used to be. You do something for me I do something for you. When I first started on my photographic journey I would do TFCD Time for CD of images. To me, it was a value of both of our times and I didn’t see it as time wasted. Fast forward almost 3 yrs and I can’t say I don’t still do TFCD but it is rare and it is for something I want to do meaning I don’t ask people. I put castings out and sees whose interested.That is really it. Now I know some models I worked with who I have done TFCD with on about 2 or 3 occasions but I don’t ask these people to do that on constant basis. That’s extremely disrespectful and honestly makes me think people assume that they ” got it like that”. I have learned in my life never ever take people for granted. Just because someone did something for you in the past, does not mean that it will be repeated. It seems people take me for granted and think I will always be there to do ” freebies” for them. How about no and ask me how much I cost? How about, I really should respect Jan and see what is going on in her life. The reason why this has come up is because someone I did a shoot for when first starting out decided to take me for granted and figures I will do it again. I have done this at least 4 times for this individual. I am not doing again. The reason is because when I offered they forgot about me which means 1) I wasn’t important and 2) the project wasn’t that important. So please tell me a valid reason why I need to bend over backwards for you now. Now call me mean if you wish, but when it comes to this industry you need a tough skin and you need to be able to follow through. That means for everyone involved from photographer, studio, stylist, makeup artist, hair stylist, models, talent, art directors etc. Now it may sound as if I am spiteful. Not at all. My whole thing is” if the project was so important, the shoot would have already have taken place in case things needed to be changed. I don’t see that as unreasonable thinking but I digress. I forget sometimes people fly by the seat of the pants and while that’s works for some, it doesn’t work for me. I have things planned out so that when things may change while in production, nobody can claim I didn’t tell them where, when, how, what and why. Photography itself is creative but the business behind it is just like any other business meaning papers, contracts and timing are extremely important and if you expect people to take you seriously, you need to take yourself more seriously.
Peace and your mama’s hair grease