I was watching one of those reality shows one day (although I’m not really into reality shows). It was about some up-and-coming artists. One girl had her first art show. As people looked at all of her art, they would make their comments, naturally. One person talked pretty bad about photography, as if it is not an art because people just snap and shoot things. She said it’s the easiest form of art and too easy. I beg to differ. I’ve seen the type of stress photographers can be under. Yes, they are pointing and shooting something that already exists. But that’s not the end of the story. Depending on the subject, many photographers start working hours or days prior to the actual shoot. If they are working with models, that means working with multiple people to schedule dates, times, locations, discuss themes, concepts, styles and negotiate payment terms. Among other possibilities, many times these people would include the model, a make-up artist, and a hair stylist. At some point before the shoot, the artist also has to sketch out their plans for the shoot; how they want the make-up and hair, what type of clothes the model should wear, how should the light be, etc. etc.. After the shoot, the photographer has to go through every single photo (more than likely 100’s) to find the best shots. Then those shots have to be edited which can be a time-consuming process. Finally they have to wrap everything up by putting these photos in the desired form and getting them to the client. This is not an exact science I’m describing. I figure there are many other strategies and types of subjects that photographers use. My point is that it is not just as simple as “point and shoot”. That’s what us regular folks do with our little digital cameras that can fit in our pockets or purses.
I am not a photographer (that’s probably obvious). These are just the things I have personally witnessed. I’m sure there are many other tasks that take place of which I am not even aware.
I guess that’s my rant for the day. On a side note, my current favorite photographer is Urban Jungle Photography. I really like the pics (hope my photographer friends don’t find out. :-0 ). Here is the Facebook page.
How good of a friend does someone have to be for you to care if they are mad at you? Lately I have been bumping heads with someone and did what I usually do which is try to talk it out or decide to get over it and talk to that person again…perhaps they think they won but I’m really just being the bigger person because friendship is important to me and I don’t like losing friends. The thing is, this person isn’t the easiest person to get along with and instead of telling you they have a problem, they just choose to ignore you and never tell you why. So after while, I got tired of getting ignored every other day and not having a clue what the deal was. It came to me though, that this person is hardly a friend. I tried to get to know them but that’s a two-sided game and if they stay shut off then there is not much I can do about that. So if they aren’t really a friend then they must be an acquaintance right? So maybe they are slightly more than an acquaintance because we have actually hung out a few times, but I had to evaluate whether or not the relationship was really worth trying to save. I know that if I got into it with a close friend…or even an average friend…I was attempt to smooth things out with them. If I got into it with an acquaintance or someone I barely know, I may not care so much. If they never talk to me again ti doesn’t matter, they apparently weren’t worth the trouble anyways..their loss right? So why was I trying so hard to befriend this person despite the clear disrespect they had for our so-called friendship. I realized that I really don’t care that much if they are mad at me because they really are not much of a friend. So I guess whatever status they are to me, it is not important enough for me to continue being the “bigger” person and still attempt to talk to them or check on them, help them out or be nice. Of course, if they were in a jam I would help them out. But other than that, I just don’t care what they do…it’s not worth the effort.
I was flipping though channels and came across a show called “Tabitha Takes Over”. I only stopped because the lady named Tabitha looked familiar to me. I decided to watch the show and found it quite interesting. She was helping a Lady who owns a bar improve her business. There are several stories amongst the group that effect their performances. Most of the group is family. The original owners are a wife and husband. Unfortunately, the husband has passed and now their sons are trying to step up and run the business. One is 23 and was acting exactly a 23-year-old would act if they were managing a bar. He drank all day, gave free drinks to all of his friends, first thing he would do any morning was drink a beer. The other brother was much more responsible but showed little interest in running the bar.
The Mother sat down with Tabitha to discuss the issues. Tabitha took control of the business for a week to help. She was very direct with everyone in this family, including the mother, and especially the 23-year-old. She told him he was acting like a 5-year-old. She was really getting into him….cussing at him and everything. Tabitha had the two brothers do some physical work…pack a truck with cases of water. Of course the 23-year-old was hung over and had an attitude so she got into him again. The other brother appreciated the little bit of hard work they were forced to do because both his parents worked in a factory and it gave him an opportunity to understand what hard work really is. It was clear that he was the more mature and responsible brother so by the end of the week, Tabitha recommended that he manage the bar instead of the 23-year-old. He accepted the opportunity to step up and help his Father’s business succeed again. He admitted that the reason he wasn’t interested in working in the bar much before was because of his brother. He said they would butt heads and he did not want to be fighting with family. Nevertheless, he was clearly the better man for the job. Tabitha also got a professional bartender who worked for TABC to teach them how to make drinks since none of them had a clue how to make most common drinks. Tabitha also got the place made over, updating the furniture and such.
So after a week of Tabitha running the show, she handed the keys back over to the owner. The owner (Mother) asked the older brother to manage the business. Six weeks later Tabitha checked on them to see how things were going. They all said business was improving. The interesting thing was that the 23-year-old actually started to step up and be responsible. He stopped drinking and started taking the business much more seriously. The other brother who was asked to manage apparently started to back down a little bit because he wasn’t quite sure what he wanted. He had mentioned school earlier in the show so perhaps that was a deterrent. Of course Tabitha was blown away by all the positive feedback about the 23-year-old. Even the Mother said he was shaping up and being more responsible. Perhaps after being removed from the manager position made him realize he couldn’t just play around…it was a real business…his Father’s business. After all, he was the son most interested in running the place anyways, not the other brother.
I wonder if they will give another update later on in the year. Who knows, I probably won’t see it because I very rarely watch Bravo, but maybe I will be looking for that show now.