Photographers, I know you are freaked out and panicking from the cancellations and reschedules. I know you are trying to figure out any last-minute ways to make money. But for the health, safety and security of this nation and your clients just stop already.
So to be clear this means:
No social distance headshots
No porch portraits
No outdoor portraits
No shot through a window portraits
No green eggs and ham Sam I am portraits
I know at first, it seemed like this whole mess was just like “the flu.” Then we heard the stories out of Italy with hospitals being brought to their knees.
The sooner we all hang up our hats for the moment, the sooner we can get back to business. This is sad difficult work. Stopping what you love doing isn’t easy. Trust me I love photographing couples everyday. It’s not easy watching photography contracts and money fly out of the window.
What we can do:
Sell gift certificates
Reschedule for the fall
Book portraits for later
Call your mortgage company and see what options they have
Write a song
Talk to your landlord about rent options
Start a Patreon
Write a book
Start a Tik Tok
Write a poem
Work on your marketing
Check-in on your clients
Start a VIP group
There is no way to get around this. There is only through. We are all in this together. This will take extreme sacrifice and generosity from your clients, the government, landlord and mortgage company. This won’t be easy for anyone. Stay brave my friends.
Mike Allebach is a photographer in the Philadelphia suburbs currently holed up in his basement unable to take photos at his studio at this time.