Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Tis the Season to Be Jolly! (Yes and No)

This week, the Thanksgiving holiday officially kicks off the Christmas season, leastwise, for most Americans.

Traditionally, it's always been my slow time of year. I don't expect the 2009 Christmas season to be any different. I'm not saying there will be no work. There will simply be less work. Significantly less work.

I'm not crying or whining. I've long been aware this happens each and every year.

Still, it's always "Ouch!"

If I were a more fiscally responsible person, I'd save more for the Christmas work doldrums. But me being me, that doesn't seem to ever happen. I had, for instance, enough cash to get me through this year's slow period with little concern but, of course, there was that Harley I couldn't resist. Paid cash for it! Also bought some new glass and lighting gear. Paid cash for that stuff as well. Doing so used up, pretty much, all my "rainy day" cash.

Oh well.

I guess it's how I roll.

For some photographers, this is probably a great time of year. What, with shooting family Christmas portraits, company parties and such. Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on one's perspective, that's not what I do.

I suck at marketing and business. Truly suck! There. I said it! These days, marketing and business is probably a bigger part of making money off the family and event biz than being good at photography might be.

Again, I'm not whining or complaining. It is what it is and I yam what I yam.

None of this is to say I curl up in a ball and wait for the new year to arrive. I try to use this time of year to accomplish other things, things that might net me some cash down the road or stuff that simply interests me or things I've put off doing.

I haven't had a "day job" in about 20 years. In all that time, I've made my living, as a freelancer, with cameras in my hands and/or computer screens in front of me. It's what I know how to do. It's what I love doing.

In some ways, like many people, what I do defines me. Course, that Harley also defines me, albeit in other ways... as do other things in my life.


I'm just saying.

The pretty girl at the top is Alexa, captured during the same production and at the same studio location with, basically, the same lighting as the last image (of another model) I posted in my previous update.

Sorry for the somewhat "woe is me" update. Sometimes, I use this blog for angst relief.


Lin said...

I suck at marketing too, which is rather unfortunate considering I'm the one responsible for pimping our day-job. So I've been on a mission to learn about the wonders of selling oneself (no, not like that!)
Two months later, I know a heckuva lot more, but I still hate it just as much! *sigh*

Bill Giles said...

Sorry to hear that the Grinch will be stealing your Christmas. I hope that it turns out better than your predictions.

jimmyd said...


So good to hear from you! I miss your musings.

@Bill Giles,

I never let the Grinch steal my Christmas! Leastwise, in ways that truly matter.

Von R Buzard said...

Hey Man

if things are slow and you suck at marketing, maybe this would be a good time to improve your marketing. Plenty of good books on the subject, blogs too.

Build for the coming year

Stephen Cupp said...

Well at least you paid cash and not stick it all on credit.