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UER Forum > US: South > Bridge Over Troubled Waters (Viewed 1714 times)
Peptic Ulcer 


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Bridge Over Troubled Waters
< on 5/21/2016 8:40 PM >
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As some of you may know my company shut its doors about a month ago and I've been looking for work. Unfortunately, given the state of the oilpatch, so are thousands of other guys... To date the search has yielded a few interviews where the ultimate outcome has been grim. Too much experience, not enough experience, we promoted within. Out of the top 4 candidates we went with someone else...and on and on and on.

Needless to say its been a bit frustrating. But wait! Maybe a glimmer of hope! Mrs. Ulcer suggested that I talk to real estate agents and see if I could make some money taking photos of their listed houses. I pondered the idea and began to brainstorm. Company name, business plan, logo, financing. Within 24 hours I had it all planned out. My head has been swimming so to clear it, I decided to take a drive about 45 minutes outside of town and clear my head.

Unfortunately the voices didnt quiet down until I reached my destination - an old railroad trestle across the Brazos River. I knew the shot I wanted to get and made my way through 9 foot foliage up to the tracks slashing a path with my machete. When I got there my passage was barred. It wasnt the fence and gate that was the problem, it was the poison ivy growing all over it that prevented the nice long shot from the rails across the river.

So I settled for some ground shots:

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On the way home, I'm still thinking about everything I have to do to get this thing kicked off. I then notice a large art-deco building in a small town with a sign out front that said photography & art studio. I turned around and went in. While waiting for the guy come to the door I read the historical marker that said the building was constructed in the 1930's and was the former schoolhouse for the town.

I then met with the proprietor of this place (name withheld to preserve the location of the bridge) and he showed me around the place. I was in awe! Everything this guy shoots is using the old school cameras with the bellows! The resolution is incredible! Most of his clients are high dollar guys that live in River Oaks and the Memorial area (for those of you out of town - its where the riche rich's are) and command upwards of tens of thousands of dollars each! This guy was the REAL DEAL. He told me some of his background and I mentioned what I was contemplating. I was told flat out - DONT DO IT! Even now that hes semi-retired and has multimillionaire clients, hes struggling. He said that I'll never make enough to pay the bills and that digital photography is so common now it's virtually worthless.

So...

I'm actually glad I met with this guy. The prospect of whoring myself to real estate agents for $150 a house was really put into perspective when I saw what this guy did. Sadly, I now have to go back to looking for a real job, my dreams of ever making a living doing what I love shattered.




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Wheedle 


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Re: Bridge Over Troubled Waters
< Reply # 1 on 5/22/2016 12:48 AM >
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Have you considered doing it as a side business? Maybe let the hobby help pay for itself?




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Peptic Ulcer 


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Re: Bridge Over Troubled Waters
< Reply # 2 on 5/27/2016 3:49 PM >
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Well strange how things turn out. I was feeling a bit on the desperate side not because of money but just because I really have no purpose. So I sat down, and googled some local real estate agents. After leaving 4 messages, 3 "we already have someone we use" and one guy who thinks he's Ansel Adams, I finally got a bite! A local guy has a historic home in the Heights here in Houston he wants me to shoot! We need to work out the details on the copyright but it looks like a go for next week! He also wants to buy some photos of urban/downtown/industrial stuff. Only problem there is that he wants them for $20 each an there is NO WAY I'm letting go of my copyright THAT cheap.

Maybe this turns into something, maybe not, but either way I get out of the house, get to see a beautiful historic home and make $100. Not a bad deal.




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Re: Bridge Over Troubled Waters
< Reply # 3 on 5/27/2016 4:08 PM >
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Posted by Peptic Ulcer
Well strange how things turn out. I was feeling a bit on the desperate side not because of money but just because I really have no purpose. So I sat down, and googled some local real estate agents. After leaving 4 messages, 3 "we already have someone we use" and one guy who thinks he's Ansel Adams, I finally got a bite! A local guy has a historic home in the Heights here in Houston he wants me to shoot! We need to work out the details on the copyright but it looks like a go for next week! He also wants to buy some photos of urban/downtown/industrial stuff. Only problem there is that he wants them for $20 each an there is NO WAY I'm letting go of my copyright THAT cheap.

Maybe this turns into something, maybe not, but either way I get out of the house, get to see a beautiful historic home and make $100. Not a bad deal.


Visit them in the flesh with a house pic *snicker* portfolio.

Poison ivy stopped you? Say it ain't so!
Long pants and shirt, gloves. Don't cut it, trample it.
Take off carefully after shoot. Works.
Your sensitivity to it varies from year to year. Test first to make sure you're not hypersensitive on a small patch of skin be just lightly touching a leaf to it.

If things go bad, lots of benadryl will knock it out...




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Re: Bridge Over Troubled Waters
< Reply # 4 on 6/12/2016 5:48 PM >
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I would say very view people make it as photographers.

I got a drone and put some videos on YouTube and made so far $2 in one week.
But I didn't get it for the money, just for the fun to show people things I like.

You need at least 100 subscribers that also watch all your videos before you can even pay for a tank of gas.

But if I would be you, I would offer good shots as a printed version on etsy or so.
Doesn't make you rich but might make some money on the side in the future.




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