It is so easy to just keep pushing forward, doing the same thing over and over again. While knowing that it just isn't working. But the time has come for that change. Doing photography the way I have been doing things. labour intensive +++. Each session is a min. of 10 hours before I even sell anything. That 90 session doesn't go far on 10 hours and now try to have that pay wages, buy equipment and update software. NOT.
Anyway I have known for a while that I had to change , but was hoping I could hold off til 2013. Afraid not, the burn out rate is scary. I love what I do, and I love my clients, but I can't keep up with the +++ hours it takes me to create such works of art that you all rave about.
so I am uploading past sessions that haven't been ordered yet for one reason or another to a new website where some of the labour will be taken care of. Pricing and products are there, so you buy direct from my lab, and I get to do what I love to do. Take photos, capture memories and create art.
Well that's the plan.
Sure hope it works, as Something has to change.
I have been contracted with numerous stock companies and magazine, newspapers to take images for their publications. If I want to continue with clients I HAVE TO find a way to make it less work.
Prices are reflected in the less labour, so these clients that haven't made an order are actually getting the best deal, because all that extra work has been done and you still get the great prices.
The only thing is I will no longer be holding images forever for clients. It is costing me as much for my backups and archiving systems as it is for my processing computers. So to cut costs all images will be deleted after deadlines unless other arrangements have been made.
Thanks for all my great clients for understanding and encouraging me to continue to provide the attention to details and heart felt images that I have made my signature.