Tag Archives: Directory Work

The Days Wind Down To A Precious Few

“Aren’t you going to tear down the Studio for me?” My former Manager says as I wrap up shooting the last sitting I will ever shoot in the Big Box Store. “Why should I?” I say and shrug. But then take a deep breath and go through the fairly simple process of taking down the […]

The Gloves Are Back On

“So what your saying is that The Gloves Are Off now?” asked a surprised Photographer at one of our endless meetings. “Yes, the gloves are off.” Says the man who was then the Head of Photography, but now seems to have other things to do. “We want you to be as creative as you can […]

Zen and The Assembly Line Portrait

“Wow, that was a good shot.” Dad says as I capture his two year old daughter smiling and clapping her hands. “She’s a cute kiddo.” I say and smile. I read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance several years ago and I really liked it.  Might have something to do with my own mild […]

No Longer Among The Favored Few

“You know we can all do good if we are put someplace where we have a chance.” The Passer says and purses her lips.   “I don’t care who they put here, they wouldn’t do any good.” “They should at least share the wealth once in a while.” I say. “I don’t mind there only being […]

Hell, it could be my fault

“I’m very unhappy about the way things went today.” The Coordinator says in a stern voice. “I don’t like the way you treated our people.” “I’m sorry.” I say, not exactly sure why she is unhappy. “I’m also unhappy with my own portraits.” She continues. “And that was the only time we had to come […]

Passers Who Think They’re Photographers

“I’ve been a photographer for 47 years.” The old man with the toothless grin tells me. “It took three weeks to become a great photographer, but it took me three years to become a great Passer.” “Really?” I say and take a deep breath. “I bet I took your baby picture.” The Passer goes on […]

Die, Dave Ramsey, Die!

“I just found out that this Church is doing a Dave Ramsey Program.” The Passer said with a snarl. “I hate Dave Ramsey, I really do.” “I’m not that crazy about him myself.” I say as I watch the next Nonbuyer walk up to waste our time. Whenever times are hard and money is in […]

The Busy Time of The Year

The end of August until the beginning of December is usually the busy time for Assembly Line Portraits.  It’s a little cooler, so people aren’t sweating and uncomfortable as they are in the summer.  But it’s not so cold that everyone has to bundle up and crush their clothes as if they are going on […]

If It’s Good Enough for David LaChapelle

“Hey guys, I found some great new videos.” The Boss says with his best telemarketer’s smile. “I think everyone here should buy one.” “If it’s that great.” I say. “Why don’t you buy it for us?” “These videos are for your benefit.” He says and nods sagely. “Don’t you want to improve as a photographer?” […]

Wanderlust

“You drove this wreck here from Texas?” The Coordinator says as he looks at my ten year old pickup truck sitting in his California parking lot. “Yeah.” I say and give the hood a loving pat. “By way of Maine.” At the moment I am doing Directory Work and spending a lot less time in […]