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It’s been quite a while since I posted. Well, I have a little more time at this point so here goes… (Rant)

I’ve been weighing the merits of having my own studio vs. renting as I need a studio. In today’s environment it seems like people are more interested in getting a deal than getting high quality images in a safe, comfortable, and professional environment. I know that sounds a bit harsh, but I can’t tell you how many ads I see where a photographer will give you a 4 hour session with 100 or more edited images for $150. I can’t understand how they can do it. Don’t they have any expenses like liability insurance, cost of equipment, cost of computer editing software, etc? I had always thought that my pricing was very reasonable but in the past few weeks people have called and when I give them a very fair price they say “wow, that’s a lot”. Now I’m not talking about $1000 or even $500. I’m talking about less than $300. I know, everybody has a camera and they are “professional photographers”, but really? Am I the only one who appreciates what it takes to create beautiful images and the costs involved? I’d love to hear from my photographer friends. I know I can’t be the only one. And I guess if I were independently wealthy I’d probably do it for free, but unfortunately I’m not and I have to pay rent, insurance, business licenses, taxes, and several expenses to keep the business running. As I tell my clients, I’m not in this to become rich, I love creating beautiful work and making enough on each shoot to be able to continue to do so is all that I am looking for.

So the question I am wrestling with is; Do I close the doors and put everything in storage and just rent as I need to, or… not sure on the whole thing now. I totally realize that the economy isn’t very healthy, that healthcare is very expensive, our dollar doesn’t go as far, and that getting a photo taken has no real purpose (purely emotional). But I’m an artist and a business man and I’m confident that some decision has to be made. I love what I do and how people love their images that we produce. It’s sad…

(Rant Off)

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