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The Fixer - Peachy Pics
Did anyone see this programme last Tuesday 19 Feb on BBC2, and what did you think of it. Are there lessons to be learnt?
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Never employ your children.
Yes, it was almost painful to watch!
Mother and plus 3 daughters who looked like they were happy to sponge off mum doing very little, and would find difficulty getting proper employment. Two of the duagthers should have been sacked.... the business could not possibly justify more than 2 people. Felt sorry for the mother who is a cancer survivor; the business is to some extent recovery therapy.
Quote: Never employ your children.
Or her children !
Thanks for the link, what an eye opener!
Fascinating to watch and a real eyeopener especially when they went to visit a pro studio, if you google the business name the studio is still not ready and two daughters have gone, one left plus a new person, got to admire her for having a go, she was passionate about her photography.
It was very interesting. They were all sitting around with no customers - but why weren't they out taking photographs - of anything???
And they have changed there name
Hmm....Don't think that long term it will work out - they just don't seem to 'get it' - I can't imagine they'll be here in 5 years.
Found a website - but it hardly says "photography" to me http://www.peachlanestudios.co.uk/
Some of their Facebook posts don't really sell them selves at their best
Quote: Peach Lane Studios
Our studio isn't ready yet but we have a photoshoot tomorrow afternoon. Luckily it's a relative and I'm sure they won't mind what the rest of the place looks like.
It was a very interesting and frustrating programme. You can see how irritated Alex Pollizzi gets with these people. Mum's background story was very sad and she was trying but those girls needed a kick up the proverbial rear end. I cannot see how that business can survive without having a really motivated, "go get 'em" person running it and I'm not sure she has that sort of personality.
Great program which should be an eye-opener for all those fools on here and elsewhere who want to be a "pro" after giving up their day job...
Three major business truths came out:
1 - The high street and shopping centres are dead.
2 - You need to be a business-person first and a photographer second.
3 - You need to turnover at least £75k and make a profit to pay yourself a salary.
Three major photographic truths came out:
1 - You have to want to do it - the mother did, the daughters didn't.
2 - The idea behind the image is everything.
3 - You'll spend very little time taking pictures.
One of the best programs on the photography business I've ever seen.
As in all of these programes. they are made for TV and do not tell the truth in what is actually happening in real life.
Andy Lane is one of the nicest people that you'll ever meet but she over-indulged her children. If all four of them had pulled together, they could have made a success of the business but the daughters didn't even follow the very sensible suggestions that Alex made.
Most new businesses fail because life is tough. Peachy Pics was by no means the worst-run photography business and I've mentored some in a far worse state.
It should be a warning to all wannabees
But, did you see this image on the wall in Getty gallery?
My last post was sloppily worded. I was never Andy's mentor, and I only know her because she was a fellow member of a professional association. I've never met anybody who hasn't have a kind word for Andy. The programme wasn't happy viewing because it didn't seem very friendly to the family.
We need to remember that the first priority of the production company was to make a good television programme rather than to help Andy.
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