Why I gave up the big bucks of corporate work….

Back when I was a young(er) buck, I used to do a lot of annual report photography for many of the Fortune 500 companies, especially the pharmaceutical and telecom companies….they were all based in Jersey and so was I.

So it was a no-brainer to drive down the Turnpike, show a portfolio, and hopefully snag some work from them. But the above video more or less sums up why I left that world after a few years and went into the low-pay, slow-pay world of editorial travel from the fat-cat world of corporate dayrates.

Yes, those dayrates helped to pay my mortgage and educate my children, but the process nearly drove me out of my mind. Watch the movie, and you’ll get an idea why!

This entry was posted in Career issues, Ironies.


  1. Jim July 2, 2010 at 8:51 pm #

    Enough to make a man pull his hair out. (oop’s)

  2. Jeffrey Chapman July 2, 2010 at 9:40 pm #

    OMG. I’ve been on both sides of that! Never again.

  3. Tom July 3, 2010 at 3:42 am #

    Welcome to my world. LOL (I think).

  4. Mike Byrne July 3, 2010 at 9:50 am #

    How long is the recovery period? You should see the looks on corporate faces when I tell them our HR Manual is one sheet of paper printed on both sides.

  5. mike a July 3, 2010 at 9:53 pm #

    i went through a similar situation this week, i’m now going to vomit and go on vacation. being poor is becoming more attractive everyday

  6. arun July 4, 2010 at 10:39 am #

    Nails it.

  7. Kirk Tuck July 4, 2010 at 1:25 pm #

    You should see the look on their faces when we tell them we charge double for meetings and triple for changes…..

  8. Rich July 6, 2010 at 10:03 am #

    It’s the same process trying to get reporters to assign photographs…I feel your pain…daily.

  9. Jim Green July 6, 2010 at 2:09 pm #

    Been there, sat through the meetings, have the memos.

  10. Ron G July 6, 2010 at 10:12 pm #

    Just got back from vacation and saw this clip. Now I remember why I went on vacation in the first place, to get away from this kind of stuff.

  11. joe duty July 9, 2010 at 11:16 am #

    really enjoyed your class and most of all your candid way of teaching, Thanks for sharing!

  12. Dana Hess July 9, 2010 at 4:08 pm #

    Why this guy gave up wedding photography:


  13. Rory Daniel July 11, 2010 at 11:41 am #

    I have tears of laughter and of frustration running down my face after that!!! I can so relate to that black look on the designer’s face near the end. It says, “how on earth did I get myself into this”.

    Having said that, it is a timely reminder to think about this eventuality before I go wading into the next job like this. As the person above said – charge for changes!!

  14. John Verbruggen July 12, 2010 at 8:41 am #

    Hi Bob,

    The video is hilarious! How to make something simple complex and causing it to be total ineffective in the end. When do those big companies getting the point? If you hiring someone external to do a job, let him do his job! Don’t try to do it half by yourself…

    Up till now I did’t get much work with a brief. This video makes me feel good about that 😉


  15. Jim July 12, 2010 at 5:07 pm #

    Perfect. This is what the world has become.

  16. Albert W Erickson III July 15, 2010 at 8:33 pm #

    I plan to keep my day job as an investment banker and continue to pursue my photography hobby on the side. This work makes my job look like a picnic.

    • Bob July 15, 2010 at 8:51 pm #

      Albert: If you need a highly paid and totally unqualified assistant, you know where to find me! cheers, Bob

  17. Brenda Tharp July 16, 2010 at 1:12 am #

    Great ironic video – thanks for sharing it! It’s all too real in my memories of the corporate world, too. STOP – or please pause – you’re killing me!

  18. John A. Fugel July 17, 2010 at 4:41 pm #

    Hi Bob,
    OMG! This video captures the essential essence of the hell I recently went through in branding a new energy management company. After six months, my designer partner and I finally came up with a logo the client could live with.

    Stationary, business cards, signage, marketing materials, website, video animation. You name it, we designed and produced it.

    Three months later, the company was bought out by one of the industry giants. So much for blood, sweat and tears!

    Lesson learned: don’t it too seriously and get most of your money up front!

    By the way, I hope I wasn’t this hard on you when I was on the client side at New Jersey Bell. You were always great to work with and never failed to come through with great shots for NJB Outlook and NJB Magazine.

    John Fugel
    Roanoke, VA

    • Bob July 18, 2010 at 5:18 pm #

      John: I remember those days fondly. That was back when we could do creative stuff in the corporate arena! Great to hear from you! cheers, Bob

  19. Aric Hoek July 26, 2010 at 10:07 am #

    OMG. That is so freaking hilarious. It’s so funny as we are starting to get a good amount of requests to do more corporate work here at the studio. Will be passing on this link to a couple of friends.

  20. Rich Gensheimer August 3, 2010 at 8:02 pm #


    Glad you escaped. I still live here.



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