We can dream, right?
Yes, there are a few items that we could do without for a while, and I did title it a wish list, but realistically, if I had to throw a guesstimate out, I would say we need at least 80% of this list. Mainly and simply to get the photos and video that I want to get. And I won't settle on that. Period.
But it's a lot of money, it's even slightly more than the $10k and change listed because that doesn't include anything below the line and a few other items that we forgot til after I initially added it up. So this entry will be me justifying it, to myself mostly. ;)
And please, if any other photographers out there have any comments or suggestions, I'm all ears!
Photography budget breakdown:
I figure I should probably explain the method behind the madness. At least try to.
But first, I would like to mention how nervous I feel about sharing this kind of information. I don't know why money is always such a sensitive subject with us humans. I guess it's because I would hate for anyone to think that I'm complaining, or worse, bragging. I simply just want to share some inside info, and like I said, convince myself that it is in fact worth it. And if it helps shed some light on why we photographers and 'filmers' charge what we do, bonus.
So basically, I started with just making the list - audio, lenses, lighting, and the infamous miscellaneous items along with their current price. I then went and numbered them in order of importance/how soon we needed them. Those are the circled numbers all over the place. (I know I have some repeats, that's because I will order them around the same time.) I then made the weird calendar thing that's about a third of the way down the page so I could realistically see when and if we could even purchase these items. The asterisks are there just to remind me we need more than one for when I added the total dollar amount. Hopefully I didn't just confuse you more.
The good news:
The good news is, according to the 'calendar,' we should be able to purchase everything on the list - minus the *splurge alert* items before the end of the year. That's actually the great news! We ordered almost all the audio items last night so the next purchase will be my 85mm 1.4!!! I'm so excited for this, guys! So excited! It's going to take my images to the next level. I've had so much fun recently with my dinky little 50mm 1.8 that I CAN'T WAIT to get another, far superior, prime lens. #heckyes
The bad news:
We're talking almost $15,000 of our hard-earned money...ugh.
But it takes it to make it, right? And I'm really trying to treat this year as the year that makes the difference. Plus, some of the items I look forward to spending the money on, like the aforementioned 85. But some of the purchases, like the three hundred and fifty-some dollars we have to spend on batteries for example, can be quite boring. And it goes without saying that this spending is all in addition to bills and other fun expenditures the business has, like photo booth debt. But, once again, to spin a positive out of it, a lot of the equipment we will buy (and have bought) will retain it's value and/or we'll never have to buy it again. Like the 70-200mm Nikon lens I bought two or three years ago, if I wanted to, I could most likely sell it for the same price. In photography, you definitely get what you pay for, but thankfully in most cases, if you take care of your stuff, you should get back what you paid for it. :)
So, to wrap up, let me say how appreciative I am that Jamie Gellings Media is doing well enough for itself that I can even create a list like this in the first place. Meaning I owe a big THANK YOU to everyone that has, is, and will book us to capture a fleeting moment in their lives. My work is only getting better because of you - and for that I am so very grateful.
And thanks for stopping by the blog today!