banquetbear wrote in post #17574205
...I'm an elitist pro?
Hilarious. I'm participating in this thread to help to make sure the OP doesn't become another one of the many photography business failures. I want him to succeed. I don't want to shut him out.The purpose of this forum is to help fellow photographers build better businesses. I told the OP that he takes good images and that there is a market for them at the price he's set for them. I said exactly the same thing that you have said. Almost literally the same words.
On top of that I've added a whole lot more advice on why simply taking good images isn't enough. He specifically asked for honest and blunt feedback in his very first sentence and he got it. If offering the advice that the OP asked for is being an "elitist pro" then I suppose that's the title I'll have to wear.
That's why I said "regardless of intent" in an earlier post. There's blunt, and then there's harsh and that's how you came across, to me atleast. The OP even said he didn't know what to think after reading your advice. I'm not trying to single you out by any means, and I apologize if it looks like I am, but there's an overall tone in this particular part of the forum that is often intimidating and a little aggressive. It can be disheartening to some.
As I've said, you and the other pros here clearly know your business and I would never contest any of the advice given, this thread included. However, in the first few posts in this thread, I sensed the OP was getting frustrated. Nobody really answered his question. You told him the question you thought he should be asking.
I may be wrong. It wouldn't be the first time ....