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Services Rendered Aren't Exactly Free

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It has dawned on me this week, more then most- the troublesome "fly in the ointment" with word of mouth advertising. I photograph so-and-so, they like our images they tell four friends= advertising for the most minimal expense. Good right? Well kind of. Say I photographed so-and-so at a group shoot. Most often those shoots are free to the models while the photographers chip in a few bucks. Proceed to the next part of the equation- so-and-so liked our images, tells their friends... But here's where it goes sideways.... So-and-so tells them I shot them for free. Not exactly the case. Are there models & friends that I give deep discounts if not shoot "for free"? Absolutely. If I shoot a model for free it s because the concept is mutually beneficial- they have unique portfolio images and I in turn have unique images to print and sell. And it's totally my choice whom I give a discount to. But when you ask me if I'll work with you on a concept- then hav…

Update from the Frozen Tundra...

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First off: Many apolgues as to everyone on the email and subscriber lists that got an unfinshed copy of this post... This one's complete!! I hit the wrong button!!!
Current Location- Green living room because my office is frigid with a capital F!!! Snuggled under my favorite lap quilt with a heating pack on my frozen toes (blame hereditary bad circulation issues) listening to the new Yanni album for the seventh time in three days since I downloaded it- trying to ignore the snoring dog to my right and the snoring cat just out of sight in the above photo. As I sit here, I look out the front windows to realize it’s still snowing and there should be a driveway, trees, and mailbox somewhere out there. The wind is blowing so hard the house is humming with each gust. Every now and then, warm sunshine bursts through the windows in a temporary blinding few moments granting added warmth to the house. The washing machine and dryer downstairs have ceased their gentle hum reminding me that at …