Working Together

by Colleen Smith

I sat down last night at a long table in the back of the bar at the beginning of Happy Hour and looked around at the other faces at the table. As soon as another one joined our group there were hugs and handshakes. solde adidas chaussures pas cher fjallraven kanken All 15 of us (there were, unfortunately, a few missing from the festivities) sat down, ordered drinks and food and got the night underway.

There were photographers, producers, studio managers, sales guys, rentals people, all whom I have had the pleasure, the joy of working with over the past 10+ years, and each and every one of them I consider a friend. adidas chaussures homme We get together not as frequently as we would like but when we do the night is full of laughter. nike tn 2017 femme Adidas Baratas We were by far the loudest – and quite possibly the most obnoxious – group in the place. After the initial “how’s work going?” no one talks about his or her day job. Nike Air Max 2017 Heren blauw Nike Paris This is a night to catch up with old friends and talk of things in common and reminisce. nike tn homme One shared event brought us together, but no one needed to talk about what’s going on in the industry, we all know, we’re all a part of it in one form or another.

Which brings me to the reason for writing this.

I have worked at three different companies over the last 10 or so years, all (pro) photo retail/rentals related. nike air max 2017 dames Roze Chaussures Nike 2017 I have made lasting friendships at each place of employment, people I talk to regularly.

We have all worked I suppose, at “the other guy”, some at Vistek, some at Headshots (and of course B3K Digital), and some at places that no longer exist.

This “competition” is (and I truly believe this) a falsehood, something the higher-ups have pushed and pursued believing they should be the biggest, or only player in the sandbox. Billige Nike Sko Why?

This is a relatively small industry; everyone has worked with, or for, everyone else at one time or another. Scarpe Adidas Italia Why create such a divide? I don’t understand why we can’t work with each other instead of against each other? If I can’t help a photographer with what they need why shouldn’t I pick up the phone and call a friend to see if they can help – or vise versa? Imagine this industry if we did? I’m not saying we need to forget about profit or sales or ROI. Compra Mochilas Kanken Fjallraven España Adidas Goedkoop But I am saying there is no need to be so protective or so divisive. Scarpe Nike Online Shop Outlet We all know each other here, wouldn’t it be best to just help out the guy looking for that speedring? Or the producer needing a rental quickly? Why shouldn’t I call the “competition” to find out if they have a lens in rentals and how much it rents for? If I don’t have it for a client I will do what I can to find someone who does. nike air max 2017 dames Rood Let’s just all work together to help the photographers, the producers, the studio managers, let’s get them what they need – regardless of where it comes from – so they can get their job done.

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Ok, what gives…

I’ve spent the past two plus decades supporting and servicing the professional photographer here in Canada. There was a time when our industry had little to no competition, but today, this is not the case. Fjallraven Kanken 16L You can purchase/rent directly off the web, have equipment/product shipped from just about anywhere in the world. Nike Nettbutikk Many of you have asked me directly… gel lyte 3 to better support the industry through a variety of ways, which we’ve endeavored to do (both currently, and in the past). Asics Gel lyte 3 Pas Cher Why then, can someone please tell me, do so many continue to support firms south of the border?

I think back to the heady days of the 80′s, jobs seemed plentiful and rates high. Goedkope Nike Air Max schoenen Today, many of us in the professional imaging industry are pressured by our clients to offer “more for less” – let alone the marketing by major manufacturers implying that “you too, can capture images like the pro”.

The fact is, this is simply not true. It never was and I would challenge anyone to prove otherwise. Fjällräven Kånken Ryggsäckar Technology is more complex, the software never ending and the knowledge base and support to maintain ones self at a pro level continues to be a challenge.

A good friend and client of mine asked me why I could not compete against American large box resellers, I told him I probably could but chose to be a few dollars higher as I felt knowledge, skill and experience came at a cost (all be it a reasonable one). nike air max 2017 goedkoop You can put a face to a name; you have a number to call should something go wrong. air max pas cher pour homme Best of all, the men and women right here genuinely care about you and your success!

In turn, he expressed a similar point of view when dealing with his client over contract rates and to his surprise the client agreed to his fee… Nike Air Max 2016 Dames wit without the ubiquitous headaches of the past few years.

This is not a bitch session (though I’m sure some will say otherwise) rather it is a wake up call. nike air max 2017 heren rood Our industry is a symbiotic one, without one another we ultimately all suffer in the long run. Please, think Canadian, support your local lab, printer, retailer, rental house…