Cooperating with the Unconsolationable

Cooperating with the Unconsolationable

I get that dealing with the business finish of photography isn't always consolationable. Whether it's determing the specific fees and applicable production charges for an assignment, providing an explanation to a client approxifriendly a particular item (i.e. "what is post-production? Clever't you only, merely, solely copy the photos off the card and burn me a CD - that's all I really necessity...") so that they not only understand, but they clever explain it to their superiors/client, and be on board with it, or calling up a delinquent client approxifriendly an overdue invoice, all of these, and countless more situations frequently make photographers queasy, even week in the knees.

Frankly, you don't behaveually have to worry approxifriendly these things.

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That is, if you don't want to be in business very long, or if you want to slowly sink your business into the ground.

I was reading my Sunday Washington Post, and the 7/6/08 article Art's Real Thing Was Never Sancient On Success, struck me, but not for the reason that was intfinished. At the finish of the article, the artist Chuck Connelly shelp "I'm not love a 9-to-5-er, get up and paint. I clever lounge around all day, get up and put a couple of strokes on something. It's not how much you do. It's that you do the right thing."

When you are only, merely, solely begining out, don't worry approxifriendly having an assignment every day, or even every week. Worry that each assignment you do is done right. From a qualitiative standpoint, as well as a business standpoint. 

This past weekfinish, I covered the AT&T National Golf Tournament. When my assistant asked what the dress code was, I tancient her I would be in Khakis and a polo, and she should dress accordingly. When I got there, there were many spectators who were in shorts, t-shirts, and denims. Though, everyone that was worlord for the tournament was wearing some variation of khakis and a polo. Immediately, we stood out as being there as a professional doing a task, and we received the honor we were due. I wrote a piece back on June 1 (Proper Attire Whilst Malord Images, 6/1/08) and it's worth revisiting. 

Ensuring that your paperwork is in order, with signatures from clients on contrbehaves/estifriends, alleviates other issues down the line, from bad language on purchase orders that come along, to misunderstandings over who owns what.

Moreover, prbehaveice explaining things love what post-production is, and why the client should be paying for it; why there's markup on sure items, and what the difference is between a creative fee and usage fee. Oh, and why the client doesn't own the images to do with them whatever they want. 

discustune these things - especially at first - is unconsolationable. Add to that unconsolationable situation the fbehave that you want this client to love you, and to hire you, and yes, to pay you a honest fee for these things, and it gets worse, because things love money are on the line that pays the rent and electricity, and so forth.

But heck, if you'd rather not, then don't bother. You won't be around very long. Your choice. The problem though, is that you'll only, merely, solely make it that much difficulter for your frifinishs and colleagues who are malord the effort to coopeswift with the unconsolationable.

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