One hard thing about having your own company, built solely off your "talent", is how frequently you get your feelings hurt! I haven't had anyone tell me that my photos suck or that I'm a talentless hack or anything extreme like that. More like people making committments to have me shoot their event, and then cancelling without any notice. One of the selling points for hiring me as your photographer, is that I don't require a massive deposit to reserve your date, and my prices are absolutely reasonable and affordable, if not totally free (hahaha). I just wish that the favors I offer to my potential clients were appreciated, instead of taken for granted, used and abused. I guess it goes to show that even though I'm starting out, I have to have my limits as a professional. Maybe I SHOULD require partial payment to reserve the date. For some reason, people feel like it's no biggy to cancel the same day their appt is for. It's strange, because the appt will have been set for a month or more, and then BAM, "oh I can't make it I have to reschedule thanks for understanding" blah blah blah. My husband works a lot. Usually when I book appts, the days people want to schedule for are on the same days my husband works, leaving me sitter-less. So I arrange child care, pay someone, etc. I do this photography stuff because I LOVE to. I make zero money off it. I'm just in the learning phase, and I want to be my best. It's just hard when you get your feelings hurt like ALL of the time. So I'm sad right now. I don't likeing taken for granted. Or taken advantage of. I feel like I go out of my way to do big favors, and people just don't care. Maybe it's time to not do that anymore?
P.S. I can have this "professional" rant on my "personal" blog, because I'm not talking about anyone who might read this. :)