Bought some new gels for our lights and got to experimenting. If you'd like some portraits of your own, reach out any time.
This is our dog Burt. Actually his name is Gordie, but after a few months, we realized that "Burt" suits him more. IF you've ever heard a doberman talk, you'd know why.
Took a weekday trip to Niagara falls. but still found some time to shoot a few photos; this one my favorite by far. A total fluke, we found ourselves behind this building by turning into the wrong street.. after doing a u-turn, this building, and puddle were staring me in the face. Minimal editing here, so I'm super happy with it.
Drove to Manhattan on Business at the beginning of the month and had some fantastic opportunities to shoot some photos while I was there.
Drove down to beautiful Florida with the family this past week and got a few photos I liked.
As a leader, you will face more scrutiny than most. Sometimes to your face, other times in peoples thoughts only. This is part of the spotlight we choose when we choose to lead, it's one of the risks we ante for reward.
A common problem (especially in larger organizations) is the disconnection between the do'ers and their leadership team. This is a condition which quickly devolves into an Us vs. Them mentality, where people managers often claim the moral high-ground. The do'ers are seen as ungrateful complainants that need to be supervised and the management team are seen as out of touch with the business. While there will inevitably be talk among the leadership team about this problem, there is rarely any ownership of responsibility for how things came to be this way and what to do to make things better for everyone.
This brings me to the title of this article. Working with people who have fallen victim to this type of "leadership", you may find yourself being accused of "leading a popularity contest". While I always have a keen eye on business performance and excellence, I will give you a few examples of when I've seen this. I try to understand the personal aspect of everyone on my team. I have taken employees out for lunch, will allow people the freedom to work from home as needed and show as much lenience as I can. I have (and continue to support) the idea of taking time at work to play (Playing Foosball/Ping-pong/Boardgames, etc.). As a leader of people, my job is to represent our employees in the grand scheme of our organization. They are my customers, and their contentment at work is paramount to our success.
Being popular means your are doing something right. It means you are resonating with people. It will help you influence and navigate through change & adversity more successfully than any other way, because you will have built a track record of being vested in more than just the organizations interests.
So what do you do if you are in this situation? Well the key is not to just be popular with your team. Take this attitude with you everywhere you go. Help your colleagues every chance you get. Listen to, and support them during tough times & praise them for a job well done (even if you aren't their boss, everyone loves hearing praise) offer to help them offload some workload if you have bandwidth for it. Also be this way with your management team. Offer them valuable feedback and insight into the business that they might not see firsthand. Offer your support and help at any chance you get. Tell them (or their boss) when you appreciate them.
I'd love to hear your thoughts & comments below!
I started this business for a few reasons, mainly because I love taking photos but also because I believe in the product I'm providing and I know how much it can help people in the market for a new job. When people are out of work, that's usually when they are in need of as much help and support as they can possibly get. Herein lies my dilemma; it seems that the people who need a new photo the most, would be the least likely to have money they're willing to part with at this moment of their life.
What if I offered to shoot profile photos for anyone out of work, for free? Well, not exactly free, but I would simply ask that once they were back on their feet and found work, to pay then (or show that they donated the funds to a charity). I wouldn't do a credit check, take a deposit, or anything else to track people. We're talking honor system here. Sure someone might take advantage, but anyone needing it bad enough to take advantage like that probably needs the money more than I do so I'd likely still be doing them a favor.
There would be some catches of course. The photos would have to be at my home studio to minimize cost and I would retain image rights so I could use the images in my portfolio, but aside from that - this just seems like a good way to help people, grow my business and do something I love.
Please share your thoughts/opinions/advice/rants.
My wife and I have always been fairly avid photography hobbyists, but always pursued it as just that: a hobby. We generally didn't mix business with hobby because frankly, we had enough of both. I focused on my career and kept my passion for art for weekends and vacation, Sarah did volunteer photo events for the SPCA. Recently, the company that employed both of us underwent a major downsizing and we found ourselves suddenly out of work, leaving a gaping hole of "business" unfilled. Neither of us are in a rush to get back to work, but are both passionate enough about this to give this adventure a shot. GTA Headshots: Servicing the greater Toronto area, Mississauga, Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton and all the way up to Ste-Catharines.
We offer corporate headshot photography services (Frank is the Photographer, Sarah does retouching) both locally in our Stoney Creek home, or can travel to any location. Services available on an individual basis, or by day/half-day rates. Prices always reasonable, service always fast!