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Old 01-01-2007, 14:04   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all!

Well, first off, hope everyone had a great holiday time. As I browse the site, I see many new faces and many GREAT images. I have been "awol" for a while, and finally found some time to come post.

I have a new job. And it keeps me fairly busy. I am finally working full time as a photographer. I have been working part time for this company for about 3 years, and my boss finally has enough income/business to have taken me on full time. We do mostly sports photography. I currently work about 35 hours a week in the lab, editting, sorting, and printing, along with about 25 hours a week shooting. I'm told Im coming along swimmingly, that my color eye is better than he could've hoped. It's extremely rewarding to be able to see my images go from camera, to harddrive, to the web, to an invoice, then to print. Very satisfying. I am also training to do Team & Individual work, not one of my true loves, but it puts money in the business to help fund our more interesting endeavors.

One of our shooters, is an extremely talented graphic artist, and is our primary guy for creating and designing custom sports collages. I am looking forward to learning more about Photoshop from him, and beginning to create some of my own. They sell for about $250 average, and we get about 12-15 orders per large event we cover.

One of our bigger clients in the sports arena is Lehigh University, and if you go to their site, Lehigh University Official Athletics Website - Lehigh almost every image they use on their site is mine. Next year, their programs, guides, newsletters, etc will also contain mostly my images. We also do everything from gymnastics and cheer tournaments, local highschool sports, and University level sports.

Our company also does studio portraiture, commercial work, and works with some models. Our site is Hugo Studios - Catasauqua, PA . The sports site is Specialty Photographic, Inc. / Professional Photographers

Eventually my real goal is to advance into being a secondary studio photographer. We plan on branching back into weddings, something my boss has been avoiding for years. He finds them tedious and feels the amount of work involved compared to the finacial payoff not worth it. But if we can break into a more "lucrative" area, outside of where we are based, he'll consider it.

All in all, as far as the professional side of my life, things are going great. Getting paid to do something you'd do for free, thats what its all about for me.

I look forward to posting more, and sharing some of my images. Thanks for reading, and hope everyone new and old, is doing well.


I noticed there's quite a few "guests" on all the time. Cmon lurkers!!! Join the forums. This is a rather friendly and very helpful bunch.
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Old 01-01-2007, 16:50   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Hi all!

Great to see you back, VE. I replied to your 'leaf' thread that I'd noticed your absence for a while. Still, it seems to be for the right reasons. Well done for your career change. I'm sure you will go from strength to strength.
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Old 01-01-2007, 17:09   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Hi all!

Welcome back mate.

Good luck with the new job.......look forward to you sharing your experiences and passing on some pro tips along the way
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Old 01-01-2007, 17:31   #4 (permalink)
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Good to see you back VE Lots of the guests are from USA, so between you, Skip & the rest of our American members, you better fly the flag & get em onboard
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Hi VE - the job sounds good good to have you back.
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Re: Hi all!

Great to have you back VE, glad everything's going well for you!

Happy New Year to you.
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