Category Archives: Photography

Why Do People Buy Portraits?

“You’re not just a photographer anymore.” The Boss says in a shape up or ship out tone. “You have to improve your sales average.” “I’ll do what I can.” I say with a nervous laugh. When I learned to take portraits, I was trained to run the Subjects through the Studio as quickly as possible […]

Watching Workshops

“Well.” Bambi Cantrell says and throws her arms out. “With a negative attitude like that, no wonder he doesn’t have any work!” This was in response to someone who told Bambi it was great that her systems worked for her, but what about people who don’t have brand name recognition, don’t have a studio location, […]

Beginner’s Luck

To be on the wire is life. the rest is waiting. -Bob Fosse “This price is the Stretched Canvas Finish, this is with the Regular Canvas, and this is with the Smooth Matte finish.” I say as I lay out the prices for the portraits the Subject has decided to order. “It just depends on […]

Just Following Orders

“Why can’t this one be in the Book?” The Little Old Lady says and points to one of the approval shots.  “I don’t really like that one.” “The one for the Book has to have the same background and the same cropping.”  I say and show her a sample Book where all the portraits look […]

When The Student Is Ready

Photography workshops have been around pretty much as long as there have been cameras.  They are often held in cool places like Santa Fe, Maine, and Paris.  They are usually run by famous photographers.  Part of the fun of these workshops is going to cool places and meeting cool people.  The major drawback is the […]

Go Slow, Brother, Go Slow

“Why do you stay at this job you know will never get any better?” The former Passer says, tired of listening to me whine about my job.  “You’ve got talent, go out and do something else.” “Talent will only go so far.” I say and sigh. Unions are not as big a deal as they […]

Ten Bucks Is Ten Bucks

“Well, what do you think?” The Passer says as we reach the end of another slow day. “Do you think it’s going to get any better?” “No.” I say and shrug. “I think all of us would be doing something else, if there was anything else to do.” The New Company wants all of us […]

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 […]

The More Things Change

“Well, we won’t be starting up until late August.”  My soon to be Boss says.  “Do you have a bit of flexibility with The Company your working for now?” “I think that they’ll just let me go when I give my two weeks notice.” I say. Moving from one Company to another is usually easy […]

Come On, How Hard Can It Be?

“I’ve never been good at the Selling part of Assembly Line Portraits.” I tell the fellow who has been my Manager for the past few years, but whose future is now as much up in the air as my own. “I’m not good at selling either.” He said and put on his serious face. “But […]