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Little Rock Portrait Photographer

Dear Photographers: I Don’t Want Your Passion

Dear Photographers, This is photography speaking. I have something important to tell you: I no longer want to be the object of your “passion.” It was nice for a while. I was younger then, and I felt really special. It can go to your head, being the “passion” of so many people. Here’s the thing: I’ve done a little growing up, and a little thinking, and I’d rather not be an object of “passion” if it’s all the same to […]

Paying for Nothing

Sooner or later all photographers are going to have to address this subject. I choose sooner. We have made you pay us, and given you nothing. Well, ones, and zeroes — numbers that could get scrambled, that could disappear overnight. You have paid thousands of dollars for these. Thousands of dollars to your wedding photographer, or hundreds to your portrait photographer, for something that could very easily not be there tomorrow. Digital files are not a product. They are a […]

What is Photography Worth to You? If You’re Like Many Photographers, Not Much

As I write this, on a Friday, I am finishing up preparations for the bridal fair, as well as preparation for the kids to start school on Monday. It has been a busy week, and, really, I have gotten lots done, but I have had a feeling of being “stuck” all week, too. Something’s on my mind. It really revolves around an incident last week. Last week was truly a banner week for my photography business. I am learning a […]

Photography and Restaurants III: Communicating Quality

Here’s what I like about comparing photographers to restaurants: There are such a vast array of restaurants, and everyone has experiences in dining out to draw from. Do you know which restaurants in your town are the best ones? Most likely, you do. How do you know which restaurants are the best? Maybe your friends told you, or you heard “through the grapevine,” or … it’s just common knowledge. But here are two of the main reasons you know what […]

Photography and Restaurants II: New Markets Galore!

  I’m old. Not THAT old, but old enough to remember when my hometown didn’t have a McDonald’s. Of course the rest of the U.S. believes Mississippi is just shy of being a third world country, so McDonald’s came late to my somewhat rural town. At that time, there was one restaurant where we went on a regular basis, a little diner called Cathy’s. I only vaguely remember it, because at some point in my childhood Cathy’s went out of […]

Photography and Restaurants I: The Industry is Dead; Long Live the Industry!

Recently, I heard someone compare the preparation that goes into creating and editing photos for clients, to a chef creating an elaborate meal. Once I started thinking this way, the idea started running away with me, and I got so many business insights I felt I had to share. One reason I like drawing an analogy with restaurants is because I have such an”inside take” on restaurants from having worked in a number of them throughout (and even after) college. […]

12 Things I Learned from the Print Competition Workshop

On Monday, the Arkansas Professional Photographers’ Association had a print competition workshop at Pinnacle Mountain State Park. I’ll be honest: I wasn’t crazy about attending, but I’m on the board and felt like I should. (Also, it’s always fun to see and talk with friends). I did learn something, though, and I’m about to share — mainly for the sake of having a record of what I learned, and maybe inspiring someone to attend a local workshop or other event. […]

Take a Break

It’s Spring Break! If you have a break, or if your kids are out of school, I hope you are taking some time to have fun this week. One of the toughest parts of being your own boss: you can be hard on yourself in a way you might never allow another person to be. Between sessions, marketing, and the educational event I attended last week, I found myself both mentally and physically exhausted as we headed into Spring Break. […]

Stealing Images. DON’T.

Let’s get right to it. The title of the post says it all, really, as far as the advice goes. Don’t. Steal. Images. I don’t care if you think you won’t get caught, if you feel life isn’t fair, if you think your work sucks, if everyone seems more successful than you. I. Don’t. Care. No one does. No one cares what your excuse is. Don’t. Steal. Images. Good heavens, y’all. You would think this would go without saying. We’re […]

Photographers. You have to stop it.

Photographers. Listen up and listen good. I’m calling you out. It’s time. You have to stop it. You have to stop buying into the smoke and mirrors of the photography industry, which tells you that if you attend this seminar or blog like that person, you are guaranteed success. You are killing yourselves. Too many photographers are getting discouraged because THEY didn’t go from shooting five weddings a year for a few hundred bucks each, to shooting 30 weddings a […]