The 10th annual Everyone Rides bike race was hosted at Jetblue Park in Ft. Myers, Florida this year. Three time Tour de France winner Greg Lemond made an appearance also.
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Got to watch some of my friends at the Ft Myers ink life tour, The name is After the Fact and this band is more than amazing. check them out, they have a kickstarter for their new album release.
Southwest Spotlight Magazine ©
Knowing your worth, or your value is to know what your experience and talent should be priced at. This is probably one of the hardest things to do as a business professional or a creative mind. I will not be getting into how to price your self today but feel free to email me if you need some advice.
Starting out, it is easy for people to try and manipulate you by saying they will pay you later or they will give you certain things such as Ads or other marketing tools, while this sounds good let me explain a few things to you. Being one of these photographers’ means you will always be one of them. This is a very hard routine to get out of and you are pretty much giving your product and services away for free.
Who’s to say that one of your clients’ friends doesn’t say “oh well my photographer will do it for free,” now something that you did because you felt good about it has turned you into a free photographer.
Ok I know, where do I start? Well this is totally up to you but doing TFP(trade for print) may be a good start helping out local papers and things along those lines. But remember that these things must benefit your business in some way. So if you are building your print portfolio than this is not a bad thing but be sure to at least get your worth out of it while you need.
Getting started is a very tight rope to walk on and you have to watch out for yourself and have your best interest in mind. There are plenty of blogs, sites, and books, on how to price, but if need be send me an email and I can try and help what you are going through.
I left this weekend behind with a new take on life, while in Atlanta I met so many awesome people and got to share great conversation with new friends and old ones. Most of all I celebrated my birthday with someone who has been in my life for 18 years. I wont go into great detail because I could talk all day about it, but I will say that I got the chance to view work from photographers that are with The New York Times, Washington Post, and many more. The work I saw this weekend made me regain my passion and have a bit of a new-found love for documentary work. I have a few projects in the works now that I would love to get off the ground, one involving going to poverty-stricken countries with a missions group or something similar and documenting the thing through photos and videos. If you or anyone you know is involved in this sort of thing please let me know by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. And here are a few pictures of my weekend.