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PLEASE READ [13 Dec 2007|08:33pm]

I'm in the early stages of planning to start a photography business. This is the research stage, where I gather word of mouth info.
My education involves a Writing and New Media Technologies diploma, where I first was introduced to the camera and photoshop. Since then, I've been creating all manner of art and I've excelled at my photoshopping skills enough that I think I might have a service to offer. This after looking around at a tremendous amount of crap that people actually pay for.
Until demand dictates that I limit my services, I thought about offering everything I can do, including:
Photo restoration
Family portraits
Personal portraits
Animal portraits.
Photoshop services that essentially equate to art, as I assume alot of people might want something different. This is, infact, where I thought I would drum up the most business.

I live around Edmonton Alberta, Canada, if that's of any consequence?

What I need are testimonials and advise from anyone that might have some. Is there anyone in the business that might shine a flashlight on this newcomers path?
How might I best advertise?
Should I stop dreaming until I get a business degree?
Should I limit my services?
Will I not be taken seriously without a diploma in photography on my wall?
What should I include in my portfolio?
Do you have advise on how I might individualize my business, or do you think trying to stand out is wrong?

ANY advise you have will be taken very seriously, provided it's intented that way.

Thanks in advance,

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Helpful Books [17 Nov 2005|09:26pm]

I highly suggest getting books about the Quarter Life Crisis. Check your library, bookstore, or Amazon.com. I'm finding some great information. Books like these are great overviews, for any more in depth questions you can always ask someone you who would likely know (which you should always do), or someone on the net.

List of Books about and for Twentysomethings

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Your help will make a difference [26 Feb 2005|10:48pm]
[ mood | optimistic ]

First of all sorry if following is offtopic. Really.

My name is Andrew Skolov and I'm from Russia. I have a wife and alittle daughter. I'll write more about myself in my LJ (which I've just started and I'll appreciate new friends greatly), so if anyone would like to know me better - check my blog.

The reason why I've decided to turn to you, people, is a bit different.
Last years I'm becoming more and more concerned about rather sad changes in society. Sometime just before the New Year I had a conversation with a friend of mine. We were talking about modern world, about human's place in it, about relations between people. And my friend said that unfortunately relations between the people are not improving despite the lessons of history, general progress, improvement of communication means and everything else. Moreover, people are loosing trust in each other, people become suspicious. He said that helping others, especially strangers (independantly of their situation and nature), is often taken as "being dum and naive", that human kind is becoming "suspicious, evil and fraudulent", that people tend to exploit each other and are using for that most sacred sides and qualities of the human nature. We talked and discussed this subject till the morning.
Such appeared and idea of my "Funds For Fun" project. It has two goals. Primarily I want to proove people who think similar to that friend of mine (who is just a great blocke, mind you) wrong. And secondly I hope to improve my own well-being and to make all kinds of nice things to my family, to my friends and to help those who are in need.

I'd really appreciate if you visit my site (its my first one BTW so please be indulgent), especially main and "About" pages and probably take part in the project. Also if you can publish link to that site everywere you can and to tell about my project to as many people as possible - that would be just great.

The "Funds For Fun" site is located here: http://www.skolov.front.ru.

I REALLY need your help.

cross-posted er... almost everywhere

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Friend or not? [19 Nov 2004|05:26pm]

Say a friend of yours tossed you the keys to his Ferrari and said here take it for a spin. You drive down a street that had clear warning signs but you choose to ignore them thus resulting in doing irreparable damage. You return the car and a week later your friend finds out that his car is messed up bad. REAL BAD! He asks you what happened and you recall seeing the warning signs and admit ignoring them. You apologize and state that you will do what ever you can to help, that you consider him a good friend and what ever he needs you will be there for him. You call a few times just to say hi and tell him again you are there for him for WHATEVER he needs. After a few weeks it is clear to your friend that you are only just saying words…that when it really matters you are not and were not there for him for ANYTHING. When he needed some support you left him flat on his face.

So your friend is left with a permanently damaged irreplaceable, priceless Ferrari. The only one he will ever have in his lifetime. Something of extreme value to him. It’s still drivable but with a lot of limitations and physical pain. Limitations and pain he would have never had if you had not ignored the warning signs. Your neglect resulted in his biggest fear. A fear that has always kept him VERY selective as to who he let drive it and you presented yourself as someone who was very responsible and trustworthy.

Were you ever truly this guy’s friend? Is it possible to still claim to be?

What would you be feeling if you were the friend??

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[30 Sep 2004|11:21pm]

[ mood | scared ]

I need help.

To make a long story short... I just got out of a 3 year abusive relationship, which left me the single mother of one wonderful little boy, Aidan (he'll be 2 in November). Paying for diapers, groceries, etc. wasn't a problem while I was in the relationship, but for my own health I had to get out of that.

Now, my problem is, I'm working, but I can't afford diapers, food, warm clothes, or anything I need for my son. I can barely afford the gas money to get to work, on top of babysitting $ and food.

I guess what I'm asking, and I'm sorry if I'm coming off sounding like a beggar... but if there is anyone out there who is better off than I am, if you could help me out in any way, I'd be VERY thankful. I don't have much support from my family and I really don't have any friends who could help me out, most of them are younger than I am anyways.

This is my last resort. If you could please help me, my email is plsmachic@excite.com, or I could email you if you comment with your email address.

Again, I'm sorry for asking, I just don't know where else to turn.

~* Laura *~

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[01 May 2004|12:50pm]

I have a poll!
It's only one question & if you take it I will love you forever!

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[18 Apr 2004|11:43pm]

Why cant there be one answer for every question? Wouldn't life be a hell of a lot easier?

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[16 Apr 2004|04:42pm]

Why do so many people feel the need to criticize others?

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[01 Apr 2004|02:08am]

it seems to me that a lot of people are pissed off/annoyned/freaked by User: lj_serialadder

if you haven't noticed, it's April 1st...this shit will probablly go away the next day, i just don't see why people are making a BIG deal out of it....

and really there is no need for my post here...

but why?

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[30 Mar 2004|01:13pm]

Why are there times when I sit and wish I could talk to someone that regularly I want to have no contact with?

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the rape victim series II [19 Mar 2004|08:52pm]


"he said it wouldn't hurt"

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[31 Dec 2003|12:04am]

[ mood | confused ]

Do you ever feel like there are so many seemingly unanswerable questions going through your mind at one time that you can't figure out how to ask any particular one of them?

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[01 Dec 2003|10:12pm]

[ mood | uncomfortable ]

Do you ever just have an intense feeling that you're going to cry for no reason whatsoever?

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[27 Nov 2003|01:35pm]

if you think there is a good chance that you're going to stay over at someones house overnight - is it too "male whore" to bring a toothbrush?

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[26 Nov 2003|06:29pm]

it isn't a life question, but here


last night a girl who invited me to her house and watch tv around 10:30 or so, I went after DVC jazz concert. Keep in the mind this girl and I had some intimacy a couple of times in the pass, but she did not want to get serious, but I did. I was hurt, but i have spend my time recovering the wound. We were going to get late coffee or a late dinner, and she did not want to go home. Our plan was to meet up, then I take her out for some quality time. Long story short, I was at her place, we did not go anywhere, her plan was to watch some tv. Then we were watching boring tv for a while, I gave her a massage, I tried to work my way to her sexual part, but she rejected me kindly. Soon after, she said she was tired and wants to go to sleep. She knows that I did not go out to the city to have dinner with my friends who performed at the Jazz concert. I was thinking a) is this an invitation of a night of romance and b) damn, girl... I ditch a night of fun in the city with friends for you, and you are telling me that you want to go to sleep? She then said "you may spend the night here if you like." I was more than COOl with that. We were both in bed, trying to sleep, then i started. I asked her for a bed time story, she said i cannot read without light, then i asked her a goodnight kiss on the forehead, and was rejected. Then I was fooling around with her, she said no and stop with words, but she was not doing anything to stop my movement, I started licking her ear and felt her down there and tried to turn her on, i even talk sexually dirty to her. Then she finally kissed me back with tongue. Passionately one of her hand was holding the back of my head, i thought to myself IT IS ON, she is now dropping her game, then we kissed for awhile. The second time my I run my hand down to her "woman-ness" it was ready. then I turned her around and move my hand up north for a squeeze, then she got up and said, "my sister will be coming home soon, and i don't want to do this." I tried for a second "attack" but this time, i sensed that she really did not want it to happen. So I stopped. I don't get it, her words were not corresponding well, with what just happened, especially she kissed me back.

I told her tonight is the most embarrassing moment of my life and "i have a purpose to make: let us just be friends." Then we shooe hand and she gave me a hug. That was our goodbye.

I might understand why, but I don't want to accept it. Is there anyway for me to save this, to save us?

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[12 Nov 2003|12:38pm]

where do you see your self in 10 years? how has this image changed in your life?

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[29 Oct 2003|11:00am]

Why do we cry?

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[26 Oct 2003|06:11pm]

[ mood | PUZZLED! ]

Is there a physical limit to an emotion? Like, can you be so angry/in love/scared/happy/etc that your body just can't take it? What would happen at that point?

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[24 Oct 2003|02:40am]

how do you know if what you are doing is going to be something you'll regreat for the rest of your life?

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[17 Sep 2003|08:40pm]

[ mood | aggravated ]

How do you get someone to get over a girl that has taken over his life, but they aren't even a couple?
How do you advise someone that it is best to move on from this person that they hold in such high regard that no one can even come close to it?
Why do people get so upset when they ask your opinion on something and then you tell them exactly what they don't want to hear?

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[17 Sep 2003|05:51pm]

why not? why shouldn't i be happy? why do i feel like im getting nowhere? where would i go anyway? how would i get there?

Going somewhere where you don't know anyone would be cool. my friend went to college in south africa and didn't know anyone. i heard that everyone was really nice over there, but kind of afraid to treat americans how they treat others.

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Think about it [16 Sep 2003|03:31pm]

I never stopped and thought about other peoples feeling until I walked around in someone else's flip flops and tripped...

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[09 Sep 2003|11:33am]

[ mood | pessimistic ]

who would have thought that regrets suck.
I try not to think about what i should have done.
It's hard to do that when you lost something so dear.
I try to think of only what I should and will do to move on.
Does moving on mean leaving that something behind?

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[08 Sep 2003|02:12am]

Do you ever wonder if someone you can't talk to but still think of is ever thinking of you?

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[05 Sep 2003|05:00pm]

[ mood | curious ]

If the American dream is to get just one slice of the pie, wouldn't we all starve?

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[26 Aug 2003|05:30pm]

If you could date yourself, or yourself as the opposite sex, would you fufill all that you need or want in a relationship?

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I feel arsified. [29 Jun 2003|10:47pm]

[ mood | bummed around ]

People don't like my stories. In saying Fuck Them, do I realise that my sudden dislike of an FanFiction.Net readers.. Thus including myself.. is
A) realistic: we are tasteless, talentless Whiny Fangirls?
B) unrealistic: I am just being a bad sport?
Just felt a need to make a crappy noise like a true Whiny Fangirl. ;D

[27 Jun 2003|10:02pm]


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So we all think we know what love is.... [24 Jun 2003|02:45am]

[ mood | aggravated ]

How do you know if your "love" was real?

Is there such thing as "real love"? Or is it all just an active part of our imagination that won't leave us alone making us feel like love is the answer?

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[20 Jun 2003|11:47pm]

If you could change your life, just a small bit or the whole thing, would you?

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what's your worst nightmare? [16 Jun 2003|07:45pm]

[ mood | scared ]

My worst nightmare is not i am dying or anyone else is dying, but dreams of ex girlfriend that i still love is having sex with someone...

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[10 Jun 2003|04:23pm]

If you were a book, who would you be written by? A man, or a woman? Your own nationality, or otherwise? Poetic, tragic, comic?..

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[31 May 2003|07:30pm]

if you are in a relationship with someone, and although you try not to, you fall in love with them, but you know that they dont feel the same, you should you speak your true feelings, or hold them back no matter how much it hurts you?

i know it isn't so much a "life question" but when it love, it can seem like your life

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Cross-posted, soz [28 May 2003|09:29pm]

So, what say you to "Hot or Not", "nonuglies", "let's face it" and other Rating Faces communties? Just or wrong?
try http://livejournal.com/community/face_it/

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[22 May 2003|06:07pm]

Ever feel like you can't let go of someone no matter how hard you try to?

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[17 May 2003|11:45pm]

Do you ever wish you could stop time and just look around at how your life is?

Do ever feel like you can't find your purpose in life?

Why do I feel lost when things are coming to an end?

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[05 May 2003|03:51pm]

Is it more fun to be in or out of love?
Which is better? Which is more pleasing?

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[04 May 2003|10:18pm]

When do wants become selfish? or if you were to argue that any want was selfish, when do they become overly selfish?

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[29 Apr 2003|01:53am]

[ mood | confused ]

why is it that appearance is super important to me?

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[23 Apr 2003|12:42am]

do you have to be happy with yourself before you can be truly happy with someone else?

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