After a year of meeting and photographing great people and familes it makes me really think about the cost of all the companies that are going to take me to new highs.
My business is something I am passionate about and am in total control of, I produce the website, love it or loath it, I do all the advertising, be it free or at a cost, but it is my decision.
This last few months I have had so many companies contacting me to advertise or use them as a SEO company it would have wiped out my entire profit for 2012 and a lot more, and I had a great year.
I think what really upsets me is a telephone contact is made, the initial banter is read out, talking about what a wonderful precence I have on the net, but they know jack shit about my business, those people should be sacked straight away, brain cells NONE. They do no advanced work on your business, or have no idea even what your business is about but spout on about getting you onto page one of Goggle, NEWS FOR YOU GUYS “I am already there”.
So where do we go from here, I would like to ask all those who think they can sell me space or get my website into outastalla advertising, check out my credentials first and stop making a Muppet out of you and your company.
2013 I will not be spending a penny on advertising my books are full I have two new photographers starting in the new year and my production people have been put on alert. My Business generates the advertising much more than you can, word of mouth and repeat business fills my books, and I do not want to share the profit with a beligerent person trying desperatly to sell me something I do not need.
Thank you also for your kind words, I have spent the last 23 years travelling to Turkey twice a year for around 3 weeks, and always I have seen politeness and helpfulness in your people, Thank you. I offer you a little more advice in reply to your comments below, I do not want to overflow you with too much information so i will try to be brief with the ideas.
I can appreciate your love of the young and how they bring to all of us joy, it is a difficult market to sell in because a lot of people do this and usually it is for friends and family who purchase the pictures, but if you are willing to spend the time building the portfolio then you will earn the respect and people will come to you for those ” Special ” pictures.
Looking at a wider and more commecial market with pictures that will sell ( we all need the cash to live ) you are in one of the most fantastic places in the world to capture outstanding images, and most of us who live in a big capital miss out because we see it every dayand it becomes daily routine and a bit boring to us. I have a friend who goes into London but can find nothing to photgraph? because he has lived there all his life and it is all old to him, but to the rest of the world or even the UK it is new and refreshing. To me Istanbul is one of those wonderful places that gems of pictures can be made if you know the city. The Markets so full of colour and at the other end of your Portrait babies the elderly with the wisdom they hold, some of the worlds greatest pictures are looking into the eyes of a senior member of the society! You have at your disposal all of this but you must think outside of the box and develop in your own mind what others would like to see of your country, the life, the culture you can use all of that to your advantage, if you want to be commercially viable in the future.
I have looked at your site and can see you have a photographic eye, one that can capture the difference from what you see and others percieve, that is a very good starting point. I do not critique fellow photographers work for the simple reason photography is an art in the eye of the individual and it would be wrong to put my view on others work. I give a for instance, put 100 photographers in a room with two pictures one awfull and one brilliant, the room would be divided 50/50 on each picture some would see quality in the first and some see the same with the second, but both would have faults picked out in them at the same level, I hope you understand what I am saying, we all have a view but we are all individuals with that view.
My one bit of advice to you is this, you are a young photographer making your way in the marketplace, I am now getting on a bit, in the past I made the common mistake to photograph everything, but I mastered nothing with the exception of my camera, I now specialise in certain image types, one month I could be photographing babies, the next lions, then I may spend six months doing buildings or landscapes. My point is specialise in a one area, take your market point and focus on that become a specialised artist, by doing this you will do two things people will know you as a photographer of repute in an area of the art, and secondly which is most important you will learn a lot quicker the art of photography, take one subject and continue to photograph it, with different lighting, with different angles, different camera settings, take 100 pictures of this all different but the same subject. Out of that 100 pictures you may be lucky enough to find 5 that really are brilliant, you have found the sweet spot, you could never do that if you take one or two pictures of a subject and then move on to another subject. By doing this you are honing your skills for the future and discovering what you as a photographer can actually do, and do well. I do hope this helps you on your road.