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I love coffee. Sometimes people try to switch my coffee to decaf when I’m not looking. I can always tell the difference. I also like Pringles, but only the reduced fat kind because they crunch better when you bite into them and they don’t leave grease on your fingers. I’m…

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As part of our quest to support women’s issues, Katana Photography is excited to announce our first ever Celebrating Survival contest!
Having any kind of cancer is frightening and confusing. In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Katana Photography is welcoming all survivors from all forms of cancer to participate…

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When I was looking to buy my wedding invitations (back in April), I found a lot of designers on Etsy. After narrowing it down to a couple different designs/companies, I contacted both for their pricing list. One was pretty significantly more expensive–almost $2 per invitation more. Which I think all…

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When talking to people about photography, I hear one phrase over and over again: Kids and dogs are the hardest subjects to photograph.
I, personally, don’t have this problem with my clients…kids and dogs are among my favorite things to photograph. Maybe it’s because I like to have any excuse…

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Last week, Sean and I had our morning coffee on the balcony and watched as the Enterprise shuttle was pulled down the Hudson on a tug boat. It’s on its way to the Intrepid and I can’t wait to see it up close at the museum!

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Mind Boggling

I’ve been trying to avoid this topic for several weeks now–but the frustration and anxiety of it is killing me.

Recently, I’ve been attempting to supplement my income by doing random photography gigs. So far, it’s been going very well. I’ve been getting odd jobs here and there and it’s something I really enjoy. Most of what I get is found on CraigsList. However, the amount of people wanting someone to work for free is RIDICULOUS!!! And not only looking for a free photographer, but looking for a photographer who is experienced, has state of the art equipment and lighting, is willing to edit and retouch every single image, and hand over all the RAW files in exchange for “allowing the photographs to be used in a portfolio.”

Let me explain something…as the photographer and the owner of every image I take (unless the subject is under 18 years of age), I have to right to use ANY of my photographs in my personal portfolio. You, on the other hand, are not the owner of said photographs…therefore it is illegal for you to print any of my photos I’ve taken of you without my permission. Now, of course I am not going to make a big deal of this to anyone…if my clients want to print their own photos, I really care at all. But don’t sit there and tell me that you’ll “allow” me to use the photographs that I worked so hard to take. Basically, don’t shit in my shoe and then tell me that it fits better.

Furthermore, equipment costs a lot of money. A good camera is $1000 at least. Add on to that an external flash, a battery grip, lighting, backdrops…you’ll easily have thousands of dollars worth of equipment. Not to mention the cost of marketing and advertising for photographer and the fact that a lot of paid a bunch of money to receive a degree in this field. Now we’re talking tens of thousands of dollars.

If you don’t have a lot of money to spend on a photographer–that’s totally fine. I get it. I don’t have a load of money right now either. But then, don’t put a whole lot of ridiculous stipulations and requirements for a photographer that you’re not going to pay.  And I think you should always try to pay a little something to those who provide a service…even if it’s a small something. A small fee shows that you appreciate the person’s effort and time. Even if that person is a student. But don’t expect a professional to work for the “opportunity to use the photographs in their portfolio.” It makes me sick. Would you negotiate with your waitress why you shouldn’t be tipping?  Of course not. If you don’t have the money to tip, you shouldn’t go out to eat. If you don’t have money, you shouldn’t be hiring a photographer.

Ok, rant over. Normal good-natured, humorous posts will commence tomorrow.