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I do a fair amount of talk­ing to groups, but it’s usu­al­ly about pho­to top­ics, dig­i­tal pho­tog­ra­phy, Pho­to­shop, etc… But this time it’s dif­fer­ent.

RIT has asked me to speak at a con­fer­ence on the busi­ness side of my life, which is cool. I’ve often said that I got my ear­ly start by being a good busi­ness­man first, then a pho­tog­ra­ph­er. All pho­tog­ra­phers that are full-time should have a pret­ty good fea­ture-set, but I felt that they often blow it on busi­ness (per­son­al skills, billing mis­takes, show­ing up late, not fit­ting in with a high-end group, etc).

One way I’ve summed up my ear­ly suc­cess is that I was the guy that didn’t screw up. I wasn’t the best, most cre­ative shoot­er… just the last guy stand­ing. (this stems from a sto­ry of work­ing for the AP ear­ly on)

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RIT asked me if I want­ed to be involved in the ‘Net­work­ing’ top­ic, but I turned that down, as I’m an abysmal fail­ure at net­work­ing. I hate all of that and often don’t have cards with me. I have been blessed that my busi­ness grew because of very kind clients spread­ing the word, but it was through no plan or sys­tem of mine.

Thanks to Deb and Kara for think­ing I have some­thing to share. It’s real­ly nice to give back to peo­ple start­ing out. My top­ic will be on Strik­ing Out on Your Own – Pros­per­ing As a Cre­ative Entre­pre­neur

So maybe I’ll see you there!

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