Category Archives: Directory Work

Here, There, and Everywhere

“Thanks for letting me work in so many places.” I say to my Manager one day while calling in for supplies. “Any chance I could work in San Fransisco? Or maybe Seattle?” “We didn’t hire you to be a tourist.” The Manager says angrily. “We hired you to take portraits.” This was the same Manager […]

No News is Good News, Mostly

“Kind worried about things.” I say to the Passer. “What if everything changes?” “Or.” The Passer says as she looks at the crappy sales total for the week. “What if they stay the same?” As my one or two loyal reader know, there are just one or two things I would like to see changed […]

Always Look On The Bright Side

“I don’t think they would have bought us if they weren’t impressed with what we are doing.” The Passer says in our ongoing discussion about The New Company. “Yeah.” I say. “If anything they should be thinking of switching the way they do Directory Promotions to the way we do them.” The only problem with […]

I Love Your Pictures

“That was a great portrait.” The Passer says. “Your lighting is magic.” “Thanks.” I say, thinking she is just one more Passer who has been told to flatter the Photographer. “No, I really mean it.” She says. “Your pictures are beautiful.” Over the past 16 years or so I have learned how to see the […]

Stepping Back From The Ledge

“For now, everything remains the same.” My Manager says with a sigh of relief. “Yeah, when they bought us out it all stayed the same for about a year.” One of the Assembly Line Portrait Photographers at the meeting says. “Then we were all just employees of the New Company one day and the Old […]

We All Leave Together

“I can’t believe you left me alone last night.” The Passer says when he arrives at the Shoot. “I thought you were joking when you said ‘See ya tomorrow.’” “Really.” I say as I look at the 6 foot 5 inch tall Passer who has the build of an offensive lineman. “I see you made […]

You Start at 2 O’clock, right?

“What are we doing?” The Passer says as she rolls up next to me in the parking lot in front of the Shoot location. “Waiting for someone to let us in.” I say and smile. The Passer whips out her cellphone and calls the number we have on our work schedule.  The man on the […]

Your Appointment is When?

“Where here to have our portraits taken.” The Woman says in a sing song voice as I am putting the last piece of equipment into the back of my van. “Sorry.” I say. “As you can see, we’re done for the day.” “My appointment was at 8:00 and it’s 7:45 now.” The Woman says.  “Your […]

Old Dogs and New

“You need to turn her a little more to the left.” I say in a stage whisper to my Trainee. “Oh. Uh, rotate to the left a little more.” The Trainee says and watches the woman rotate her body.  “That’s good.” “The angle’s good.” I say. “Take the exposure.” Flash! The Trainee trips the camera […]

Yippie Ki Yay-Shooting The Cowboy Church

“Is it alright to have my dog in the picture?” The bearded old man wearing jeans, a western shirt, and a cowboy hat and cowboy boots says. “And my bible?” “Sure” I say with a smile. “Whatever you want.” Cowboy Churches are interesting places.  A little more laid back than most Churches.  The dress code […]