Upload & Sell: On
I have a bunch of stuff to post here, but I have had some issues come up recently that I just have not wanted to add posting to FM to my schedule.
I am working very hard on trying to find clients for seniors which, while I was in Alaska, was my main income. But, still being a small fish in the big pond of Colorado, I am struggling on finding those clients. I am making connections, but as of yet, they are not panning out. So, after tonights football playoffs, I think I will be at 50 galleries on MaxPreps for the fall season. Currently, and going against what I have said in the past, I am using MaxPreps as my primary income, and it is not enough. The wire I shot for over the last 7ish years (Newsport, which merged with Zuma Press a couple years ago, then went independent again last January, closed as of today, leaving me in a lurch. I put all of my effort into NewSport. I recruited photographers, many from here, and for those here who did join NewSport at my request, I do apologize for them closing, I tried very hard to help it succeed. If you did join NewSport on my advice, contact me via PM and I will give you some options.
Thankfully for me, Zuma Press has welcomed me back into the fold and I will continue shooting the Buffs for Zuma and will be their primary Rapids shooter next season. But, I am a couple weeks away from the next Buffs game (basketball or football).
However, without that main income from senior portraits, I am struggling, stressed, and at my wits end. On top of that, as many of you know, I am the primary caregiver for my mom (89 on the 12th of Nov). I am working right now to get her on Medicaid and finical assistance, which may give her a small stipend to pay me for her care (or bring in home healthcare providers), so a majority of my time is spent marketing myself, networking with photo editors trying to get gigs, and taking care of my mom and her medical requirements. I don't sleep much anymore. And on top of all of that, after draining my savings to pay bills, I am finding myself needing to upgrade or repair much of my gear which I just can not afford right now.
SO, I ask from all of you, please, be civil here. I really need to focus on my business and my mom and try to keep going day to day and any complaints or issues here at FM that I have to deal with just adds to my stress....
And to keep this sports related, here is a shot from last week at the last regular season football game. Shot at ISO 12,800! No flash and just Lightroom NR.