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Better The Devil You Know

“So how long did you work for Church Impressions before they went out of business?” I say to the Old Timer Photographer. “About five years.” He says with a shrug. “I was a Trainer and a District Manager there.” “And what about PCA?” “I was there about five years when they went out of business.” […]

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 […]

Real Men Don’t Smile For Portraits

“Tilt your head to the left, Sir.” I say for the second or third time.  The man turns his head fractionally to the left. “OK.” I say and smile as I capture an image of the unsmiling man. “That’s good.” Just as some women are afraid of lifting weights because they think five minutes of […]

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 […]

Tweaking The Standard Set

“People are looking at these pictures and going Yuk.” The Passer says as she shows me one of the Profile Shots I have been shooting. “It’s not the best, but it’s not that bad.” I say. “No one’s buying them.” There are five main components to Assembly Line Portraits-on the front line are The PreSeller […]

There’s No “I” In Team

“When he turned in his notice, the Boss didn’t even ask him to stay.” The Passer says with a shake of her head.  “I always liked working with him.” “I only worked with him once.” I say and shrug. “He was fun to talk to, but he took even less time with the Subjects than […]

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 […]

Thinking about a Meritocracy

“Why can’t I work the Shoot that is close to where I live?” One of the newbie Passers says at a Meeting. “We like to put our best people at our best Shoots.” The sober and stern sounding Boss says with a frim nod, daring anyone to challenge this common sense assertion. “So does that […]