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Glossy Finish?

 
Road ­ Dog
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Jul 24, 2017 17:52 |  #1

Anyone here shoot for Glossy Finish (they're owned by Lifetouch)? I think they operate along the entire east coast.

I shot for them last year in Myrtle Beach. The photographers were great, but management was, well, let's just say management was a bit haphazard. Much of the day to day operations of the photographers was left to an inexperienced 17 year old kid and was overseen by a site manager who was ineffective (as evidenced by the 17 year old kid's screw ups).

Anyway, I just received a letter announcing that Lifetouch is shutting down Glossy Finish. I can't say I'm going to shed too many tears...


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TooManyShots
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Aug 02, 2017 16:28 |  #2

Hehehehehhee...the operation manager is an "intern?" :) :) Must be tight on the budget there... Even your retail chains won't hire a 17 year to run their store operations..... I am wondering how much they pay for their photographers????


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Aug 06, 2017 06:44 |  #3

TooManyShots wrote in post #18417652 (external link)
Hehehehehhee...the operation manager is an "intern?" :) :) Must be tight on the budget there... Even your retail chains won't hire a 17 year to run their store operations..... I am wondering how much they pay for their photographers????

Well, the site manager (aka GM) in Myrtle Beach was the one actually responsible for everything. I don't know what she was paid, but it was too much if she allowed her 17 year old daughter to do the photographer scheduling. The 17 year old couldn't have been making more than South Carolina minimum wage. The problem is that the GM wouldn't hold her daughter responsible when she screwed up. It was always someone else's fault.

They paid photographers $20 per hour. Ten and twelve hour days weren't uncommon. The company also leased us a condo (a number of us were Florida-based) that had laundry, cable, wifi; the whole nine. Also, Canon sent us equipment (400 & 300mm f/2.8's, 1DX's) to use (their logo was on our vests). It wasn't a bad set-up.

But, they're shutting down, and I can't say it breaks mt heart. The photographers are all pros (Times Square billboards, NASA; that type of stuff), so they won't have a problem earning a living, which is good. I never had a problem with any of them.

Management was a much different story...


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