Category Archives: Big Box Stories

I Just Don’t Think I Can Handle That Kind of Rejection

“I’m going to tell you right now that I’m not buying anything.” The Single Woman says as The Passer leads her back to the Sales Room. “I won’t hold it against you if you change your mind.” The Passer says and smile. “So, how many kids do you have?” “I have three children.” The woman […]

The Book-Is It Really About The Book?

“We want to retake the one for the Book.” The snooty Mom says. “It’s not exactly the way I want it.” “It will be small in the Book.” I say as I look at the image. “But we can take another couple if you want.” “I just know what I want.” The Mom says as […]

Do What You Love

“I’ve got another job.”  The Passer says. “I’m going to be a Corrections Officer.” “You mean like a Prison Guard?” I say and try to imagine the slightly pudgy, fairly short man in front of me as a prison guard. “It’s a good job and the pay is good.” “Well, good luck with that.” Over […]

Shouldn’t We All Be On The Same Side?

“If they want it, they will buy anything.” The long time Passer says with a dismissive wave of his hand. “I only need two pictures and I can sell a package.” “But we’re supposed to be taking all these poses and changing the lighting and the body angels and the background.” I say as I […]

Another Know It All

“When I was the Manager at XYZ Portraits.” The Assembly Line Portrait Photographer says. “We didn’t do Shoots like this one.  We only did ‘healthy’ accounts.” “Oh yeah?” I say in my usual here-we-go-again voice. “And what makes an Account Heathy?” “Well, for one thing, if half the parking lot is Handicapped Spaces, we wouldn’t […]

The Rules Are Rules For A Reason

“We have been able to Grade the Passers for years by checking their Sales Averages and Frame Counts.” The Manager say to the small group of Photographers in this meeting.  “Now we are going to be able to do the same thing with the Photographers.  We have a new system in place to Grade the […]

The More Things Change

“We’ve got a new set guidelines we want you to follow.” The Manger says with as much enthusiasm as he can muster. “Here are the details.” “Hmm.” I look over the list and I am already doing everything it suggests. “I am already do everything listed here.” “Well, you could do it better.” The world […]

The Naked Truth

“Any photograph can be improved if you just add a naked woman to it.”  The slightly eccentric Assembly Line Portrait Photographer says. “A car, a cityscape, anything will look better with a naked woman added.” “Hmm.” I say as I try to think of something clever to say.  Not too far away one of the […]

Playing With The Exposure

“That pictures’ kind of washed out, isn’t it?” says a young Dad as he looks at the High Key Portraits of his family. “Here, let me darken a little for you.” The Passer says as she applies a black vignette around the image. “Is that better?” “Yeah, I like that.” The problem with trying out […]