Tomorrow's the day

Discussion in 'General Shop Talk' started by Rhys, Jun 7, 2008.

  1. Rhys

    Rhys TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2008
    Messages:
    975
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Columbia, SC
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Well, tomorrow's the day - I get to do my first Bridal Shower. I'll try to get there an hour early in order to get the setup before people start to arrive. Then to get the Bride-to-be as she's greeting/opening the door to guests. Then there're the group shots and the fun shots of people laughing.

    I'm licenced and insured and fully loaded with two bodies, two flashes (420EX and 580EX). The cameras are both different but I hope I don't get too many problems with using a 30D and an XT. Actually I almost bought a second XT rather than a 30D.
     
  2. muli84

    muli84 TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2008
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0
    Good luck!!!
    Tell us how it go, ok?
     
  3. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2005
    Messages:
    37,327
    Likes Received:
    10,640
    Location:
    Victoria, BC
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    What ^^ said!
     
  4. Rhys

    Rhys TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2008
    Messages:
    975
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Columbia, SC
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Well, I turned up and found that it had all been canceled. Nobody told me though. That's the last time I ever book an event for somebody at short notice without a booking fee paid in advance. The lawyer whose party it was, was apologetic as was her dad. Her mother was alleged to have been supposed to be calling me. That was their story anyway. It turned out to be a rented house although in perfect condition with a perfect garden and in an area that was coming up from 5 abandoned houses to every 3 occupied to currently 2 abandoned to 5 occupied.
     
  5. Dave127

    Dave127 TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2008
    Messages:
    128
    Likes Received:
    0
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Wow that is too bad. I agree always get nonrefundable deposits.
     
  6. Rhys

    Rhys TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2008
    Messages:
    975
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Columbia, SC
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    All the creeps seem to come out of the woodwork when I try to make a living :(
     
  7. Bthornton

    Bthornton TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2007
    Messages:
    87
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Detroit MI
    I know it sucks but just learn from it. Always get that deposit in advance.
    There are so many reasons why they did not call and you will never know. Just be the bigger person and say nothing bad about them. Who knows they may feel bad and tell others how great you were about it. That happended to me way back when. I had someone blow off an appointment and when I contacted them I really got no reason why but I ended up getting 2 new customers from that person giving my name to others.
    Go figure!
     
  8. Dave127

    Dave127 TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2008
    Messages:
    128
    Likes Received:
    0
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    It may seem that way but you just have to push harder. I have run until recently, my own bisiness for 11 years and can tell you I always had to push and push. Some of the best advises I can give is, always apear to be busy even whaen your not. Always talk with confidence of your services. Don't bash or speek bad of the compitition, avoid it all together. Stay positive and always half full never half empty.

    I'm now trying to decided what I'm going to do for a living and facing the same sh..y economy as everyone else but can tell you I will push through.
     
  9. Rhys

    Rhys TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2008
    Messages:
    975
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Columbia, SC
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Why did you quit your business?
     
  10. Dave127

    Dave127 TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2008
    Messages:
    128
    Likes Received:
    0
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I wouldn't say I quit but......

    I wasn’t happy with my business partner of 11 years. Basically I worked 2 to 3 times the hours as him and was talked down to constantly. I had enough and we couldn’t see eye to eye. So I basically said that this had to end.

    After long discussions, the state of the economy, and the daily expense with the type of business I was in, I took a buy out. The money wasn’t enough, but it’s better to get out of a bad situation with something VS nothing. Now I’ve been home for 4 weeks with no pay, but hopefully will be able to collect on the unemployment that I paid into while looking for my next move. I would like to do photography full time, but feel it’s better to learn over time at a slower pace rather than rush in. Also the economy is really bad and getting worse. My plans are for now, look for work and practice/learn at night and on the weekends and see what it develops into.

    I am looking into wedding photography because it pays well, they can be a lot of fun, and is mostly on the weekends. I hate to give up my weekends with the family, but you have to do what you have to do to make a living.
     
  11. Rhys

    Rhys TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2008
    Messages:
    975
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Columbia, SC
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Fair enough - why not start up as a competitor - sounds like you did all the work anyway.
     
  12. Dave127

    Dave127 TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2008
    Messages:
    128
    Likes Received:
    0
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I thought about it but would have to wait a year with the no compete clause. My partner always held one part of the technology side from me, but I’m working on learning it and will take time. The other problem is the economy. My business dealt with luxury items/services and is really slow at this time. My feeling is he won’t make it long, a year or two before it go’s under and he will loses a lot of $$$ in the in term. Not to mention, I’m looking to do something new. I have been doing the same thing for 22 years and need a change.
     

Share This Page