A&P When it rains, it fucking pours!!

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  1. Jcolman

    Jcolman OT Supporter

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    Holy shit! When I started my bidness in June, I would go weeks and weeks without any inquires into my services.

    Since Monday, I've booked five meetings with brides, I just shot a portrait session today, then during the shoot got a call to shoot a corporate gig tomorrow night, (booked it on the phone) received another email about shooting an ad next week and I'm booked to shoot another corporate gig in two weeks.

    Trying to juggle my full time job is getting harder and harder!

    Thank you Craigslist!
     
  2. f/2.8L

    f/2.8L New Member

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    Thought this was going to be photos of how much rain we've had lately.

    Congrats!
     
  3. asdfbunk

    asdfbunk A Member OT Supporter

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    oh, you're talking metaphorically.

    it's raining quite hard here and i was going to cheer myself up by laughing at your misery.

    :wtc:
     
  4. Jcolman

    Jcolman OT Supporter

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    We've had a lot of rain here too lately and it looks like it's getting ready to pour again.
     
  5. Mutombo

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    Pics of your daughters in the pouring rain
     
  6. Jcolman

    Jcolman OT Supporter

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    I'm on it. Wait right here. Don't leave the thread!!
     
  7. ace3

    ace3 mouthify my wang.

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    do you have a studio in your house that the brides meet you at to check out your work?
     
  8. xenon supra

    xenon supra OT Supporter

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    i need to post an add up on craigslist for portrait sessions.

    i need some monies.
     
  9. Jcolman

    Jcolman OT Supporter

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    I have an office but I meet most of my brides at Starbucks or Barnes & Nobel.
     
  10. FindersKeepers

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    Since people my mom work with heard im doing one of their bosses weddings next weekend I've scheduled 4 weddings for the spring :noes:
     
  11. Jcolman

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    Word of mouth is the best advertising!
     
  12. wizeguy4

    wizeguy4 New Member

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    have these brides come from Craiglist also? and have you had to compromise your pricing since people think craigslist = cheap shit
     
  13. FindersKeepers

    FindersKeepers New Member

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    Thats how we advertise at my main job, purely business cards and word of mouth


    I havent put anything about ME doing anything at my main job... because I need to get a good flow going before I take on much more lol
     
  14. Sympathy

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    Dear Uncle Jcolman,
    For my birthday that falls on MLK day, i'd like a nikon 70-200 2.8. I heard you're business was doing well, so i know you have the duckets.
    Luv
    Sympathy
     
  15. Jcolman

    Jcolman OT Supporter

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    My pricing is already on the low side. Next year it will be in the middle. The year after that it will be on the higher side.
     
  16. Jcolman

    Jcolman OT Supporter

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    Awww.....too bad you're a nikon fan boy. I was gonna send you my 70-200 f/2.8 IS lens but it only fits Canons.
     
  17. EWhytsell

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    Thats great news. Maybe you'll be leaving your main job soon:)
     
  18. Sympathy

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    :wtc:
     
  19. Jcolman

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    Three more years baby! Then I'll be walking away from video production and concentrating on stills.
     
  20. siniquezu

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    I'll take it. Send it to
    1234 Not-holding-my-breath St
    Yeah Right, CA
     
  21. tehshocker

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    congrats, link to craigslist ad?
     
  22. someonenew

    someonenew He's Dangerous

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    ya know JC...I gotta say...most of us would probably be very happy to have our hobby/business so busy we can't breathe.
     
  23. White Stormy

    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    alright I've been waiting here for like 18 hours.. hurry it up, already.
     
  24. Jcolman

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    I run two ads each day, one that is aimed at brides, the other for general photography. I'll change up the wording a bit each time but usually I keep it short and to the point; "professional, affordable, 30 years experience, yada yada yada.

    The biggest selling tool for me however is the images. I run these montages below my ad copy.

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    Then for general photography I run this one

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  25. Jcolman

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    I'm happy as a midget at a topless bar. I love getting the work!
     

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