Category Archives: Money

Why So Serious?

“You’re a lot nicer than the last person that was here.” The Coordinator says.  “He was just mean.” “Well, I’m sorry to hear that.” I say and smile. I’m a lot more laid back than I used to be.  When you get nothing but Bad Shoots, there’s very little pressure to succeed and very little […]

At Last I Can Start Suffering and Write That Symphony

“I don’t have a Shoot for next week.” I say to the Supervisor who has sat around watching me take portraits for a couple of hours. “We’ve got about 17 photographers without a Shoot next week.” He says with a small shrug. “And The Company still doesn’t think we need to change the way we […]

What I Should Be Doing

“I’ve only got two days next week.” The Passer says. “How am I supposed to get by on only two days pay?” “Apply for unemployment.” I say and shrug. “Like all the rest of us.” I should be working on my own Shoots.  I should be running ads, handing out business cards, putting a nice […]

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 […]

Would You Like Fries With That?

“I smell tamales.” I say to one of the Passers. “I think I’ll check it out.” “Bah.” One of the Passers says. “I hate tamales.” “Me, too.” The other one says. “Well, that means more for me.” I say. I was working in West Texas and the Shoot was having a fund raiser-they were selling […]

It All Works Out In The End

“You just gave me two Nonbuyers in a row.” The Passer says and stomps her foot like a two year old. “How am I supposed to make any money when you do that?” “I tried to get them to take more portraits.” I say in mild irritation. “But they refused.” For a long time I […]

Hanging Out At The Mall

“Have you looked at their website?” I say to the Passer as I hand her one of their flyers. “It’s a lot slicker than The Company’s.” “Yeah, I know.” She says as she looks at the sample images on the flyer. “I spend over four hundred dollars on their pictures the last time I took […]

One Piece At A Time

“I wouldn’t mind trying a couple of Shoots of my own.” I say to the Old Timer Assembly Line Portrait Photographer. “But I don’t have the money to buy a whole studio.” “Oh, I’ve got equipment.” He says as we pull into his driveway.  “I’ve been doing this for a while.  You tend to pick […]

Part of a Dying Breed

“Well, we lost three Photographers this week.”  The Passer says with a shake of her head. “Two of them were good, too.” “It’s not a job for everyone.” I say. “Some of these young people, they have this thing called, oh, a life.” Most of the Photographers that I have met since I have been […]