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« Reply #50 on: April 14, 2011, 13:18 »
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My positive thought:  I love my job!
 :D


« Reply #51 on: April 14, 2011, 13:23 »
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I love being back in USA (after 9 months in Siberia); I feel like a reptile in the heat here in Florida (not sure how long I can last here; from -20 to 90 degrees, a 110 degree change).  Have been working full-time getting my studio setup-that has been fun (with no money-it is fun to figure out how to make light stands from buckets of concrete, reflector stands from 1/2's, etc.  Will be ready to shoot by this weekend.

I have also started a new book; illustrated bad jokes.  I got the idea here on MSG when we were discussing doing similar shots to Yuri (girl with scale) in the Weird Al Yankovich style.  Here is one of the planned shots:  Harley bike in the background parallel to background; bald harley dude with tats leaning against seat facing camera-wearing black leather: all out of focus.  In foreground, cute girl in french maid outfit (mini-skirt type) bending over while changing the bag of a vacuum cleaner.  Harley dude looking at girl.
This part of joke on the top of the photo: "What is the difference between a Harley and a Vacuum Cleaner"
Punch line on the bottom:  "Location of the dirt bag"

My apologies to folks that love Harleys, I believe we can all laugh at ourselves.  There always seems to be a thread of truth in bad jokes, it is part of what makes them believable.

lagereek

« Reply #52 on: April 14, 2011, 13:49 »
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My positive thought:  I love my job!
 :D

Sounds good!  maybe I should join your site, all others seam to hate their job, well at least one major site.

« Reply #53 on: April 14, 2011, 13:50 »
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Positive for me is I will be going to Sandals Emerald Bay this coming saturday for a week.  :)

« Reply #54 on: April 14, 2011, 14:22 »
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The Easter holidays are coming - 5 days off!
We're planning a shoot with 5 models for Christmas images, so I'm decorating the Christmas tree on Good Friday  :D
So I'll be the only one who can say Merry Christmas and Happy Easter on the same weekend!

lisafx

« Reply #55 on: April 14, 2011, 14:54 »
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Well, I just dissolved my corporation, so I can go back to enjoying photography again, instead of spending much of my time on accounting and paperwork.  I feel like a huge burden has been lifted from my back!! :)

My corporation saved me enough in self-employment taxes to pay off my car.  I think I'll keep it :) .

Probably in your income bracket it makes a much larger difference than it did in mine.  After paying off the accountant, the state employment taxes, state use taxes, etc. the savings was less than 5k.  It cost me WAY more than 5K in aggravation.

Not to mention I can't even get my refund because the micros 1099d me on my personal Social Security (darn thing keeps changing S S to Shutterstock)# and I claimed the money on my S corp.  Now the IRS sends me a letter telling me they have to "look closer" at my returns.  In 45 days I will learn whether I am being audited or get my refund.  And since I already bought a new car with the (anticipated, but not received) refund, you can imagine how delighted I am.  

Last straw.  Camel lying dead on the ground.....  :P

Ooops - this is the happy thread.  

I'm still REALLY happy that I will be un-incorporated!   8)
« Last Edit: April 14, 2011, 15:00 by lisafx »

lagereek

« Reply #56 on: April 14, 2011, 14:58 »
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Well, I just dissolved my corporation, so I can go back to enjoying photography again, instead of spending much of my time on accounting and paperwork.  I feel like a huge burden has been lifted from my back!! :)

My corporation saved me enough in self-employment taxes to pay off my car.  I think I'll keep it :) .

Probably in your income bracket it makes a much larger difference than it did in mine.  After paying off the accountant, the state employment taxes, state use taxes, etc. the savings was less than 5k.  It cost me WAY more than 5K in aggravation.

Not to mention I can't even get my refund because the micros 1099d me on my personal Shutterstock number and I claimed the money on my S corp.  Now the IRS sends me a letter telling me they have to "look closer" at my returns.  In 45 days I will learn whether I am being audited or get my refund.  And since I already bought a new car with the (anticipated, but not received) refund, you can imagine how delighted I am. 

Last straw.  Camel lying dead on the ground.....   :'(

Bloody hell!  sounds as if youre having a ball of a time.

best.

« Reply #57 on: April 14, 2011, 15:54 »
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Well, I just dissolved my corporation, so I can go back to enjoying photography again, instead of spending much of my time on accounting and paperwork.  I feel like a huge burden has been lifted from my back!! :)

My corporation saved me enough in self-employment taxes to pay off my car.  I think I'll keep it :) .

Probably in your income bracket it makes a much larger difference than it did in mine.  After paying off the accountant, the state employment taxes, state use taxes, etc. the savings was less than 5k.  It cost me WAY more than 5K in aggravation.

Not to mention I can't even get my refund because the micros 1099d me on my personal Social Security (darn thing keeps changing S S to Shutterstock)# and I claimed the money on my S corp.  Now the IRS sends me a letter telling me they have to "look closer" at my returns.  In 45 days I will learn whether I am being audited or get my refund.  And since I already bought a new car with the (anticipated, but not received) refund, you can imagine how delighted I am.  

Last straw.  Camel lying dead on the ground.....  :P

Ooops - this is the happy thread.  

I'm still REALLY happy that I will be un-incorporated!   8)

thanks for the back story.  I was going to ask why you dissolved it as I am starting to think that becoming a corp. would be a smart business choice.  So far I am still just a sole propieter.

WarrenPrice

« Reply #58 on: April 14, 2011, 16:54 »
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« Reply #59 on: April 14, 2011, 16:59 »
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Well, I just dissolved my corporation, so I can go back to enjoying photography again, instead of spending much of my time on accounting and paperwork.  I feel like a huge burden has been lifted from my back!! :)

My corporation saved me enough in self-employment taxes to pay off my car.  I think I'll keep it :) .

Probably in your income bracket it makes a much larger difference than it did in mine.  After paying off the accountant, the state employment taxes, state use taxes, etc. the savings was less than 5k.  It cost me WAY more than 5K in aggravation.

Not to mention I can't even get my refund because the micros 1099d me on my personal Social Security (darn thing keeps changing S S to Shutterstock)# and I claimed the money on my S corp.  Now the IRS sends me a letter telling me they have to "look closer" at my returns.  In 45 days I will learn whether I am being audited or get my refund.  And since I already bought a new car with the (anticipated, but not received) refund, you can imagine how delighted I am.  

Last straw.  Camel lying dead on the ground.....  :P

Ooops - this is the happy thread.  

I'm still REALLY happy that I will be un-incorporated!   8)

Oh no, what a pain! Didn't your mother teach you never to count your chickens before they hatch?  :D

Glad you are happily soon-to-be unincorporated.  :)
« Last Edit: April 14, 2011, 17:21 by cclapper »

« Reply #60 on: April 14, 2011, 17:10 »
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I wake up today at 3pm :)

so do my kids on school holidays :) - Yes I did lots of study today - yeah right

picked the moment and my boss agreed to send me to a conference I want to go. I dont think he's realised but that will be 3 for the year :)

« Reply #61 on: April 14, 2011, 17:12 »
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I wake up today at 3pm :)

so do my kids on school holidays :) - Yes I did lots of study today - yeah right

picked the moment and my boss agreed to send me to a conference I want to go. I dont think he's realised but that will be 3 for the year :)

I am a grown up kid with 27 :)

« Reply #62 on: April 14, 2011, 17:14 »
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My positive statement: This shot I made this afternoon of my granddaughter.

so cute :)

« Reply #63 on: April 14, 2011, 17:18 »
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I love taking photos - like all of us here.  I love climbing into some forsaken place, getting dirty, tripping over roots and stones, and finding a beam of light glowing on a tiny perfect flower in the middle of the chaos.  I love that I get to have those moments.  I love how photography helps me to see the world in a different way, and how it makes me appreciate the tiniest of things which go unnoticed by others.  There is more joy to be found in the world when you really take the time to really SEE it.  

I may not have a fancy car or house or job, and much of anything, but I love that a spiky lemon-colored caterpillar crawling on the ground can make my day.  It's not easy to get everything you want in life, but it's easy to look around and appreciate what you already have.

(Okay, the above sounded a little preachy - sorry.)

Oh, and if I wasn't at least somewhat positive about micro, the fact that I'm new at this and have made all of $30.00 since I joined in Jan 2010 would have discouraged me to keep at it.

I also "did it my way" and had to answer to NO ONE - which I am loving more and more the more I work for others.  

tiny dwarf green frog on one of my rose bushes this morning, its only 8am but certainly made my day

reading this thread has also made me feel good :)
« Last Edit: April 14, 2011, 17:34 by Phil »

« Reply #64 on: April 14, 2011, 17:39 »
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Hi All,

 This is my kind of post positive stuff gotta love it. The inspiration that we can all share to help keep our chins high on those sour days. I am loving my work more than I ever have. Passive income is strong I have had a huge learning curve starting a new stock agency that is now poised to really produce income. I got to sit with one of my biggest inspirations in photography Phil Borges at his house and look at his newest book on Tibet even before it hit the presses, I was in awe. It is moments like that where I step back and say " is this job real or just some wonderful dream ".
 There have been some moments of struggle but it is those moments that make the victories even sweeter. Every one of my days as a photographer even the worst, beats any day driving a fork lift or climbing telephone poles ( both past professions of mine ) Here is to the camera, my best friend just like a good dog always there for you and just wants to go out and play ;)

Cheers,
Jonathan

« Reply #65 on: April 14, 2011, 19:13 »
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My new favorite thing to do is watch Eagle cams  ;D

http://www.ustream.tv/decoraheagles
(This pair has three eaglets)

I'm very happy that despite the cuts at IS . . . SS, DS and FT have picked up the slack, and my earnings are still increasing after three years. I'm also glad that I have a good full time job so I don't have to worry about how much I make on the photos. I LOVE spring so much watching the leaves come out on the trees and new flowers coming up every week. I never get over how beautiful nature is.  :)

« Reply #66 on: April 14, 2011, 19:46 »
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After a long and brutal winter, spring is here.  I live on a (little) lake and the geese have been back for about three weeks, but today when I went outside there was a duck out there somewhere chatting away.  The relentless Quack Quack Quack Quack Quack Quack Quack Quack Quack made me smile.  When I was a kid my dad would sometimes accidentally kill a nesting duck or pheasant with his big farm machinery and he would bring home the orphan nest.  We would rig them up in a box with a heat lamp, I'd turn them a few times a day and often hold them to my ear to listen for evidence of life.  A taptaptap is such an exciting sound!  A pheasant won't fall in love with you the way a duck will.  If you are there the moment they hatch, it is love at first sight.  One duck in particular loved me soooooo much.  He would follow me around everywhere chirp chirp chirping.  I think I was about 6, and would have to go to school and it would follow me out the lane and my mother was flabbergasted when every day it knew what time the schoolbus was due to arrive home and it would head out to the road to wait for me.  When fall came around I was really stressed out about migration and my brother offered to clip his wings, but when I realized what that involved I decided he could fly south for the winter.  3 summers that bird came back to the pond out by the barn.  Was never entirely tame again though.  My first true love.  

His name was Homer.  Yes I thought about him a lot when the Simpsons came to tv as well.


« Reply #67 on: April 14, 2011, 20:08 »
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What a wonderful story. I had a duck too. An orphan from a storm. ^We lived in an apartment so after a couple of months ^We found a farm with a lake to take him. Quackers. Thanks for the reminder.

WarrenPrice

« Reply #68 on: April 14, 2011, 20:16 »
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I too enjoyed that story.  I also live on a lake.  Ducks are here year round.  In summer, they come into the backyard because they know we will feed them.  This morning, I discovered that they have a nest in one of Jane's (wife) flower beds. 

Oh... mallards.

« Reply #69 on: April 15, 2011, 01:51 »
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 Hi Pixart,

That is such an incredible story, a short novel in the making. Thank you so much for sharing that is the best thing I have ever read on any forum.

Best,
Jonathan

« Reply #70 on: April 15, 2011, 05:17 »
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brilliant pixxart

even beats 3/4 through rtjhe bottle of vodka watching rocky horror with my middle 2 kids *(there 1st tiome seeinhg it) :):):)

« Reply #71 on: April 15, 2011, 08:48 »
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I just sold my 1000th image on Dreamstime. It is an image from my playful concepts series that I had shot last weekend and approved this week.

My laptop broke a few weeks ago, but now I have a new one, all set up for new work - just in time for new spring images to be shot and posted.


And in unrelated news: I just received an academic award. :)

« Reply #72 on: April 15, 2011, 09:48 »
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And in unrelated news: I just received an academic award. :)

Hey, congratulations! I read somewhere (probably here) that you were concentrating on that last year. I'm still trying to complete mine.

« Reply #73 on: April 15, 2011, 09:53 »
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yeah, still trying to complete my project - the award shall help covering costs involved. :)
So thanks and good luck to you too!

« Reply #74 on: April 15, 2011, 10:04 »
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Thanks!

ETA: That actually reminded me of one of the most positive things that ever happened to me: I'm actually "funding" my PhD solely with my microstock earnings. And I have a higher income and much more freedom than PhD students holding a position at University.
« Last Edit: April 15, 2011, 10:07 by Pheby »


 

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