Day: July 7, 2004

Business or Charity?

A woman wondered into the studio the other day and said she needed some photos taken at an event.

I do that, I said.

“Well,” she said, “I need them done for free.”

I don’t do that, I said.

“Why not?”

Because I’m in the business of photography, not a charitable organization.

“Well, I heard you did some photos for free for some other folks so I figured you would do them for free for everyone.”

Not bloodly likely.

That’s always the problem with doing someone a favor. Word gets around and, suddenly, people think your services are available — without cost — for everyone.

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