How to treat other photographers
The beginner guide on how to treat other Photographers
I see so many posts in Facebook groups that shock me! Photographers discussing how they have been mistreated by other photographers. For instance: one photographer took a nice couch out to a public park for a day she had multiple clients set up. While shooting she walked with her clients 15 ft away to shoot a different pose. Other Professional photographers started using her couch and were using it when she was ready with her next clients. Now there are so many things I see wrong with this, but I will get to them in my RULES OF PHOTOGRAPHER ETIQUETTE.
Now I'm not going to go all Emily Post on you. I don't care what side of the plate your place your fork or if you address your thank you note correctly for the wooden fertility statue your aunt Susie and her boyfriend sent you for your birthday. What I am going to cover are what should be some basic common sense things, but this day and age, people just have no clue!
Remember, what goes around comes around. If you help others, yes, you will get your butt bit every once in a while, but for the most part, good will come back to you!
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What are you examples of how to treat or not treat fellow photogs? Give me a shout!
So I have spent hours and hours on this website and still have to tweak and twist it! It really has been an undertaking to try to start a business. I will say I have had some nice encounters with people though. When I called the State office about business licensing and tax ID's, I got some of the nicest people! Shocking since it was a state department! Much better than dealing with the DMV, that's for sure!
This is more of a diary posting at this point, but maybe one day someone will find some solace from me sharing my experiences. Trying to balance the work that still needs to be done on the business end, with trying to finish post processing on a wedding, and entertain a 6 year old nephew who is spending the day has been fun, maybe?
My tips when trying to start a photography business: Allow plenty of time. You can't do everything in a day, a week, or even a month. Take one thing at a time. (I need to use my own advice here).
1. Find out about the legal stuff. Call your state business licensing office. They can walk you through it all. North Carolina requires a business registration and tax ID. They also require a "privilege" license for photographers that is renewed each year.
2. Develop a system for tracking expenses, invoicing, and tracking receipts at the beginning before you have your first paying customer.
3. Develop a system for cataloging and tracking photos.
4. Have a backup of all your files (external hard drives). I have had too many times when the PC crashes and I think I am not going to be able to retrieve data. I have learned my lesson.
5. Make sure you have a pricing structure set, and do a lot of research about your policies and how you want to run your business. While your policies can change and be added to, you don't want to make it all up as you go along. I have found a lot of good information about what to include by reading other blogs, participating in discussion on FaceBook groups and looking at others' photography contracts.
During all this I have been building my portfolio, shooting, shooting, shooting.
Here are some shots I have had a lot of fun with over the past couple of months.
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