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05/11/2007 03:06:06 PM · #26
Originally posted by MikeOwens:

My daughter is getting married on 16th June - my wife has told me that if I buy 'them' so much as a coke I will be in deep dodo.

My wife would do the same thing. Women never forgive or forget. LOL

What I hate is when you do something to help somebody out and then they complain about something. It could be anything at all. I really hate it when they complain, even in the slightest. They could not like the color of my shoes, but when I am doing a favor all I want to hear is thank you.

Message edited by author 2007-05-11 15:08:32.
05/11/2007 03:42:52 PM · #27
Originally posted by fotomann_forever:

Originally posted by notesinstones:

I almost put myself out of business being too nice. Never again. I'm downright witchy about it now.

You should teach classes to us suckers :-D

Where do I sign up?
05/11/2007 03:53:13 PM · #28
This is all why I really never ever want to do photography for a living. I keep thinking that it would be fun to maybe pick up some extra cash by doing some here and there, but in the long run I think it would be a major hassle.
05/11/2007 05:35:20 PM · #29
Originally posted by boomtap:

This is all why I really never ever want to do photography for a living.

Sometimes I wonder why I chose to :-) A lot of times I think I'd be much more happy as an art photog or perhaps not a working photog at all.
05/12/2007 10:05:16 AM · #30
Originally posted by notesinstones:

Not for anyone. Not even myself. I charge MYSELF for regular portrait sessions for my kids and family and treat the time for it exactly the same (though, mostly I do that because if I dont schedule it like business it just never happens).

I've lost friends over invitations to visit that are conditional upon camera usage issue.

You can't lose what you never had.

Originally posted by notesinstones:

I dont attend weddings anymore unless I'm in the wedding party (Your invited to your cousins neighbors sisters boyfriends brothers wedding and if you take any pics, we wont argue), dont use friends kids as models (Hey, have you processed those pics of Eli with the Apple yet? I'm DYING to see how they came out and get copies), and bring my really old A70 to things like Karate Graduations (Hey, since your the fancy photo-graffff-er can you take a picture of my kid and email it to me?)

Sounds like a good time to do "Art Photos" and experiment with unusual colors, warp, HDR, grunge effects, etc.

Message edited by author 2007-05-12 10:12:04.
05/12/2007 11:19:32 AM · #31
Very early on in my career I made it my policy not to do "personal work" for friends. Family is pretty much unavoidable, if you want to keep them happy. You're better off doing family work for free than charging a steep discount price. "Personal work" in this context means anything you don't normally do for pay. NEVER do your core work for anything less than what it's worth.

In my case, I was an architectural photographer; so requests for portraits, weddings and such were gently turned down if they came from friends, even IF the friends were willing to pay. It just isn't worth it, because there are too many problems that can crop up that negatively impact the friendship.

If friends wanted architectural photography from me, they paid the going price, and so would family have, although as it happens none of my family ever became architects or designers so that was never an issue.

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