That phrase seems to be the mantra in todays economic times.Â Â For those who are struggling, Â I can understand, but otherwise, it isÂ best to avoid hiring a friend to fix your car,Â make your clothesÂ or take your senior pictures.Â To wit?
Many years ago when we were doing a remodel of my home & studio, having seen a prior contractor at work, Â I thought I could be the general contractor.Â I knew great subs, so whats' to know?Â Our viewing room floor is below the basement subfloor (where our offices are).Â No biggie...just make sure we have good drainage and pipes under the floor.Â Â Right?
Wrong. The next year it flooded.Â The walls weren't adequately sealed.Â Opps. So, we had to hire a back hoe, seal the walls and regravel.Â Not cheap.
Two years later...it flooded again.
OK...redig out the sump pump outside the room (that I had installed originally) and lower it even more to get the groundwater.Â Again, not cheap.Â That should do the trick now I thought to myself.
A few years later when the heavy rains came, we had over 2 feet of water in that room, had to toss the expensive carpets, and re-dry wall most of the room.Â What a mess. So we added another small sump pump below the floor of the theatre room.Â And, voila, no flooding-unless it rains over 3" in 48 hours-which it did 10 days ago.Â Opps again.
When it does flood now, I'mÂ on the floorÂ with sponges and vacuums and towels and dehudifers and fans stressing out. I'm able to limit the effects so there is no damage, but the work and worry?Â No.
What does that tell me?Â In hindsight, IÂ made a monumental error in not hiring a general contractor.Â
When you gone from home and start noticing wrinkles under your eyes and memories fading...here's hoping that in your hindsight, you didn't make a monumental error in not hiring a true PROFESSIONAL photographer.Â It doesn't have to be me, but it should be someone who tells the camera what to do (not vice-versa), had professional lenses and lighting gear and know the difference between rembrandt and loop lighting in how it can make one's facial characteristics look better.
Your senior portrait is forever.Â Memories don't last that long.