My best employee ever has quit…. Goodbye, Eric. Stay in touch!
In late April 2011, I hired an unemployed studio photographer named Eric Cooper to catalog my 53,000 pictures. I had just upgraded my very old Photoshop 8 to Photoshop CS5 and bought Lightroom 4. In order to edit photos on those cool programs, you have to be able to find your photos!
Add to that the “problem” that I continued to take 300-600 pictures each and every day and you can see where I was and why I needed him.
He got everything cataloged and keyworded in just over nine months. Now all I have to do is catalog and keyword the pictures that I take each day — keep up in other words. Hmmm. Just like work….
At about the time Eric was finishing, I was leaving my old blogging platform of 3½ years and creating a new WordPress blogging platform. Eric initially helped me get everything established, both my home inspection WordPress web site and my Russel Ray Photos WordPress blog, as well as my spouse’s WordPress real estate web site.
While he was doing that, he got emotionally involved with the WordPress software and decided to become a WordPress guru. It’s a complete break for him because, except for the past 18 months six unemployed and twelve with Russel Ray Photos, he’s been a studio photographer all his business life. The Great Recession pretty much destroyed family discretionary income, though, which meant that studio photographers were having a tough time.
Eric recently got full-time employment with a software company that creates WordPress themes, plug-in, widgets, wadgets, gidgets, and gadgets. Yesterday was his last day with me. Goodbye, Eric! Good luck in your new venture. Stay in touch, because I know where you live!
Now, to get myself out of my depression, I think a trip this morning to the San Diego Zoo is just the thing. Maybe about 300 pictures?