Tidbit Tuesday: No Call/No Show
The epitome of unprofessional is not showing up the day of a job, paid or unpaid. I have heard tons of tales and even experienced this myself in this industry by models, makeup artists, and hair stylists alike. There is nothing worse than having a large staff arrive to realize
Tidbit Tuesday: The Craigslist Scam
I’ve heard endless stories from my models, especially the ones that are natively from overseas, about predator photographers. Whenever I’m browsing Craigslist (CL) for the few and far between quality gigs, I make it my duty to flag the predator posts and have started a photographic campaign against them. They’re
Tidbit Tuesday: Would You Allow Someone Else to Take Credit For Your Work?
Let’s say you’re an assistant or you’re learning from your mentor, or YOU are the mentor providing an example, would you allow your boss, mentor, or protege to claim credit for a photo you’ve taken? Tricky question? Ok let’s expand the examples. – An assistant, in my opinion, should never
Tidbit Tuesday: Best Places To Purchase Photography Equipment
Working as a New York based photographer, I utilize most of the big name suppliers to purchase my equipment as well as some specialty suppliers for more concentrated items. Each have their ups and downs but I have categorized them perfectly for my spending needs. Whether a bulb breaks or
Tidbit Tuesday: Cloth vs Paper Backdrops
Most “fresh out of the box” photographers are faced with essential decisions when it comes to purchasing equipment. The best camera body and the matching glass for their photographic needs, lights, stands, carrying cases… the list is bountiful. One of the most time related decisions for long-term deciphering is whether
Tidbit Tuesday: Quality, Persistence, and Contacts
The triangle of success consists of quality, persistence, and contacts. All 3 are required for a fruitful business. Quality: Providing the best service/product Persistence: Consistently making that service/product known to the public Contacts: The abundance of people you can reach to tell about the service/product, who are also potential buyers
Tidbit Tuesday: 5 Business Rules to Swear By
Make it Simple Any and everything can be broken down into it’s simplest form. Whether it’s your website, how your clients book and pay for your services, your brand development, producing an event, etc, it can be simplified. The key is organizing it on “paper” first using words, pictures or
Tidbit Tuesday: Don’t Be That Guy
Please, whatever you do, don’t be that person (male or female). You know the one. Always in the forums, groups, and chat boards with the pompous demeanor. They either actually have valuable experience but come across as an a-hole when giving information and critiques or, even worse and more common,
Tidbit Tuesday: Nice Guys Don’t Finish Last -They Rule!
I came across this phenomenal article posted on Twitter by Patrick “Biz Coach” Daugherty that speaks to how I feel business should be run! I usually paraphrase my thoughts, but I want you to receive this message just as is. Enjoy and leave your thoughts in the comment section below! In
Tidbit Tuesday: The Blacklist
We all know what a black list is. That list of people you have worked with but would never work with again no matter the dollar amount offered. Yes it is okay to have one. Here’s why… As professionals we first need to understand our worth. Knowing our limits is essential
Tidbit Tuesday: Stop Abusing Photoshop!
As of late, Photoshop has received more and more heckling due to improper use of its awesomeness. The Dodge, Burn, Clone Stamp, and Blur tools have been overly and incorrectly used by amateurs and hobbyists giving the software and, slowly but surely, the industry a bad rap. I’m not blind