04 May 2010
I know this is a touchy subject....
All of us, who own a business
are subject to this question though....
What is your time worth?
we hear it expressed like this
"How much do you charge?"
and then we
negative feedback from crazy former clients
springs back to life in our
we don't want to say....
if we intend to become successful business
(IF is such a big word, don't you think?)
Then we must have an answer.
Here is something I have done in
the past to help me answer
I went to seminars
conducted by "successful" people
in my industry.
And listened to
what they did to
develop their style
I don't mean just
I mean that I have
looked at their
seen their portfolios....
read client feedback....
made my own determination
as to their
Did I admire their style
(remember that I am a photographer)
Do I like the way that they promoted
themselves. In other words,
were they boastful or did their
personal assessment have to do with
achieving high ideals?
Success is a subtle thing.
In my mind,
money has very little to do with it.
Here is an example.
Over five years ago,
I was approached about photographing a wedding.
The bride had seen my work and wondered if
I was willing to negotiate on price.
I wasn't over-booked, so I was willing to entertain
the notion.....and the result was a lasting friendship.
Not only did I receive my base pay,
but this lovely lady is now in the same industry
and allows me to mentor her.
It has been a win-win situation.
What am I worth?
Well, I know that my previous coverage of
weddings says that I can record the moment
you want to see.
It says that I try very hard
to stay out of the way....
not "stage" your moment.
It says that I will make it my goal to
record people's reactions,
utmost of respect.
what that is worth to
For more on this subject,
check out this article that
instigated this train of thought.
03 May 2010
I have to say that I wish they were.
These are the daughters of my best friend f(rom the age of 5....)
Their mother and I have always been close.
I watched her raise them.
They are two of the most beautiful women, inside and out.
The occasion of this photo is the wedding
of the one on the right,
Jennifer. She is joined by Lisa, her younger sister.
I love the down to earth attitude that Jennifer exhibits.
She did not want to marry in a "Big Church Wedding".
She and her beau decided to marry on
the Blue Ridge Parkway last weekend.
How sweet is that?
I would have to say that I understand
the thinking that goes into this
The stress of planning a wedding can
tear a couple apart.
Trying to please everyone is
Cheers to Jennifer and Tate!
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