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Last Minute Photography Gigs – Yay or Nay?

Ah, the life of a photographer! It’s filled with creativity, excitement, and… last-minute job offers that make you question every life choice you’ve ever made. We’ve all been there: you’re settling in for a cozy night of Netflix and snacks, when suddenly, your phone buzzes with a job offer for an event starting in – surprise! – 30 minutes. Do you jump at the opportunity, or do you bury yourself deeper into the couch cushions? Money is good…but naps? Also good!

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The Procrastinator’s Dream

For some of us, procrastination is an art form. So, a last-minute job offer? Piece of cake! After all, who needs careful planning and preparation? Just grab your camera bag, pray you charged your batteries, and sprint out the door like a caffeinated cheetah. The thrill of spontaneity is your middle name – just don’t forget your pants in the rush.

The Overthinker’s Nightmare

Then there’s the other side of the coin: the overthinker. “But what kind of event is it? Will there be enough lighting? Do I have the right lens? What if they expect me to do aerial shots?” By the time you’ve run through every possible scenario (including alien abduction), the event is halfway over, and you’re still debating if you should go. Spoiler alert: your perfect shot might just be of your own perplexed face in the mirror.

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The Excuse Expert

Let’s be real, we all have our go-to excuses. “Oh no, I would love to, but my goldfish is feeling a bit under the weather.” Or, “I’m currently stuck in an intense round of ‘who-can-stay-in-the-bed-the-longest’ with my dog.” While these may sound ridiculous, they’re surprisingly effective at maintaining your hard-earned relaxation time. There is nothing wrong with saying ‘no’ to a job because you need to maintain your mental health.

The Adrenaline Junkie

On the flip side, some photographers live for the rush. Last-minute jobs are like an unexpected gift – an adrenaline-fueled adventure waiting to unfold. With your camera in one hand and a travel mug of coffee in the other, you zoom off like a superhero, ready to capture the world. Sure, you might arrive a bit frazzled, with mismatched socks, but hey, you’re there, and that’s what counts!

The Financial Juggler

Of course, the decision often boils down to finances. If that last-minute gig pays well, suddenly, the couch seems less inviting. Visions of new gear or an extra vacation day dance in your head as you rationalize, “Who needs sleep, anyway?” The promise of a padded bank account can make even the most reluctant photographer consider the sprint to the car.

The Balancing Act

In the end, deciding whether to take a last-minute job is a balancing act between spontaneity and sanity. Sometimes, you need to seize the moment and embrace the chaos. Other times, it’s perfectly okay to decline and prioritize self-care. After all, even the best photographers need a break now and then.

So next time your phone buzzes with that eleventh-hour gig, weigh your options, trust your instincts, and remember: whether you choose to go or stay, the most important thing is to enjoy the ride – or the nap! Happy shooting (or snoozing), my Nerdy Photo Crew!

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