I promised a little announcement yesterday and by the time I could get back to the computer again at home, I was too scatter-brained to thoughtfully write this up. Recent events (lack of paying clients, computer crash and increasing fuel costs) are making me seriously re-evaluate my options in the photography business. When I started into this, I planned to keep it a fun, side project, with the hopes of earning some much needed added income. The show photos, event sets and modeling shoots have been a blast. I’ve also met some incredible people so far and have been very appreciative of the various opportunities.
Taking photos is a joy; however, the image processing is genuine work. In the last two months, I’ve found myself increasing getting behind in getting to photos. The home computer I work on photos with, is also the only one hooked to the net in the house currently so I have to share it so some extent. That’s going to change in the near future, however, time resources for that set-up is limited. I’ve also tried to load Photoshop on the kid’s computer so I could work there while they get on-line, but we're having some issues there. Processing a 200+ photos set, takes about a week (4 hours per day over 6 days) to select photos, edit them, attach tags, upload and post them. More importantly, my kids want (and deserve) my attentions. They have gotten righteously annoyed when I’m on working on photos excessively and without benefit.
Photography isn’t a cheap hobby. Many folks had commented on how they wanted photos done and would be interested in paying, but those gigs never materialized. In some cases, I’ve allocated time and resources over and above what I probably should have for several TFP shoots. Perhaps the same can be said for event/show photography. Driving to Los Angeles several times a week for shows gets pricey when gas hits $3 / gallon (plus it’s an hour’s drive to LA / Hollywood from Lancaster). I have appreciated being admitted gratis to a number of events, but those are few and far in between. I’m looking for some help and / or advice here.
Until I’m able to become independently wealthy or find some other options, here’s the plan. I’m not giving up on photography, shows and such by any means, but I am going to restrict it a bit. ( Some terms and conditions may apply )