Grumbly and Seething

Da Goddess @ 19:30

Telling me you love my work, love my energy, and we would really work well together but not hiring me because my gear doesn’t meet with your idea of “professional” or “suitably upscale enough” is like telling daVinci his paintings are fine but they’d be better if he used a different brush.




I proved

  1. I’m professional, knowledgeable, fun, and capable
  2. My camera can take the same photo theirs takes at the same resolution
  3. My editing software can do the same things their editing software does and produces equal results
  4. My computer, while NOT a Mac, can do all the things theirs does
  5. To have a much more open mind during the interview process while jumping through an endless number of crazy hoops

In other words, the job I had hoped and prayed I’d get was not to be within my reach. And yes, those really are the reasons the gave for not hiring me even after we spent 3+ hours shooting, sharing, editing, and laughing.


  1. Wow. I’m so sorry… sounds like it felt like a good fit, but their ‘qualifications’ are ridiculous.


    Comment by pam — 2013/03/07 @ 07:41

  2. I cannot begin to tell you how much I hate gear snobs. Those people who insist that they could take a better picture if only they had better gear…or worse, those people who insist their pictures are superior because of the cost of their gear. Argh!!! I HATE that!

    You know as well as I do that the picture happens because of the way the photographer sees it and frames it. Some of the absolute best pictures I’ve made have been on the worst cameras….especially one low pixel toy camera with a fixed lens! OMG…I took the most amazing pictures with that thing!

    And if you look back in history or ask any of the greats, I’m sure they will tell you about some amazing history making shot or other that was taken on somebody’s broken down cheapo borrowed camera…possibly with a light leak or a duct tape fix.

    You know what I mean.

    The people who wouldn’t hire you because of your gear do not even deserve to work with you. Not even!

    (Yes, this pushed one of my hot buttons! Eeek!)

    Comment by DogsDontPurr — 2013/03/07 @ 15:23

  3. Thank you, ladies. I tell you, I’m wrecked. Seriously wrecked. I even proved myself a great salesperson! But, you’re right: I wouldn’t want to work with them if I could jump through all those flaming hoops of hell and still didn’t get the job simply because my camera isn’t up to their standards (which is funny since my camera would only be the backup body and not the one I’d shoot with most of the time).

    It’s just that I want to be working and I want to making my own money, contributing to my keep, and doing what I love to do.

    And it’s doubly heartbreaking after just getting a CD cover (something that’s hard to do in that crazy circle), but…I guess it is what it is. I’m simply stunned at what is considered perfect or professional or even adequate anymore.


    Comment by Da Goddess — 2013/03/07 @ 16:08

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