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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Restaurant on old Route 66

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 […]

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Bridal photo

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 […]

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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. […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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Should You Be A Professional Photographer?

My last post was about the “Rockstars” and their dishonesty. You know what? I love honesty. I really, really do. One of the reasons I loved my photography classes in college was that my professor was so honest. A lot of people didn’t like what he had to say, but it was all absolutely true. […]

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