What do you do when people unfollow or unfriend you on SM?

So one day you are looking through your Facebook friends list and you notice someone you were friends with is no longer there. Perhaps you see that drop in likes on your Facebook fan page and that loss hurts like losing a friend. Let us look at Instagram, why are they not following you. Were they expecting you to follow them back? In all these cases you may think on what happened and if they were a friend you might really be hurt. But honestly, if they were your real friend would they unfriend you? This happens all the time in local small groups of photographers and models on Facebook. Here is my advice.

Photographers don't quit, they shut it down.

Thinking about what to write is pretty easy for me at the moment. I have a significant list of blog post subjects. The titles always don't show easily in my mind but sometimes it jumps at me. This morning on the way back from a shoot I turned on Oregon Public Radio (OPB) and a radio show was on, "The Upside of Quitting". So what is the upside, is there one and have I quit? When I retired from the Army it was a major transition for me. I agonized over leaving an institution that I had been around my entire life since my father was an Army lifer. It literally took me counseling to deal with quitting. That is how I still feel, that I quit on my guys, my career and the life I had. I also know that without quitting my life would not be even close to as good. There is no way my wife would have liked my Army life and without Rebecca, I would have lost so much. I agonized quitting a recent job, (I still do paid photography but I like to work at a structured job as well) before I took the occupation that keeps me busy and paid every weekday morning. It was such the right decision for me. 

Do you really want those unedited photos?

Wow, how have you been? Me, I have been on Jury duty for the past week but today I am focusing on trying to catch up on my photo editing. Recently, probably due to how long it has been taking me to get people their photos I have had a lot of requests that I don't have to edit the photos. Now, I know I am not getting them within 3 days like I used to but I don't feel two weeks is too long for me to do what I do to the photos I take for people. Why as a photographer you should edit your photos and why you as a subject should want it done. 

Why do photographers charge what they do – the most important reason?

Have you ever sat at a border gas station in Oregon? I have and always hear one person who says, why I can’t pump my own gas. Wow, how is this a problem, it costs nothing extra to you and your hands avoid smelling like gas. This is like going into a restaurant and going to the kitchen (another food reference like a previous last and cooking and getting your own food and filling your own glass. Your waiter/waitress has made sure your order is right, the chef has ensured your food does not have hairs in it and is well cooked and you get to enjoy your time and the company of your family.

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