“It Would Be My Pleasure… For a Quarter”


May 24, 2014– My Dearest Secret Diary.  What could be better than making a buck, or quarter as the case may be, AND sharing laughter with a stranger? 

Nothing that I can think of.

I’ll give you an example of how it works.  The other day, I was walking in the park, and two woman asked me to take a photo of them with one of their iPhones.  I said, “It would be my pleasure… for a quarter.”

Now Diary, I suppose there are those who would say that charging strangers a quarter to take their photo is scandalous, predatory, and exploitative.

To those who say this, I say “BALDERDASH!”– whatever that means.  And I have the proof.

As is normally the case– yes I try to charge strangers (and friends alike) whenever I can because those quarters add up– the ladies laughed, as did another nearby person.

One even went so far as to say, “It’s worth more than a quarter.”  I rest my case.

You see Diary, it is human nature to value more highly things we pay for than what comes for free.  So, by charging folks to take their pictures, I help them to appropriately value my photography services, which helps them to even more highly value the pictures they end up with.

Sounds like a win/win to me… at least for me.

And by the way Diary, I snapped the photo, the ladies were happy, but they never paid me a cent.  Now that’s really BALDERDASH!