Friday, December 28, 2012

Saw a Potential Model....

   While dropping my husband off at the bus station to head to Kansas, I spotted two young ladies walking by, not sure about how old they were but the second one was beautiful in a sweet, girly kind of way. I need to start carrying my cards with me for these kinds of situations though I don't know how she would have taken it, especially after tripping and falling in front of us. I need to figure out how to get myself out there and market for portraits with seniors and hopeful models, or even the exhibitionist types. I kind of wish I had more lady friends around that would be willing to do some modeling for me, it would make it a lot easier than trying to find one that I don't know. Jared's girlfriend might have a few, I am not sure but I do know that I don't really want to be doing a bunch of photo sessions for free, or let people start thinking that I am free or cheap.
    I really enjoy using my little man, he is so photogenic it isn't funny <3 <3 <3

Thursday, December 6, 2012

I got Scammed

   The good news is, I have a few new toys including the lens I was looking for, a flash bracket to hold my flash unit on a stand and a very good quality stand, and the wireless flash triggers. The bad news is, due to my greediness I got screwed over on the other lens. Instead of returning it and getting my $375 back, I tried to sell it on craigslist for $390 hoping to get a couple extra bucks from it. Monday a guy text me wanting it for $285, I turned him down. Tuesday morning someone text me wanting for the amount it was, but wanting to go through paypal and asked me to send the invoice. I did and instead of going through the invoice the guy sends me $495 that I cannot see until I ship the item. Like an idiot, I follow instructions from emails that were supposedly from paypal and shipped the item to Nigeria and then emailed the tracking information and copy of the receipt to the paypal email. This morning I am told that my account cannot take that large of an amount, and to tell the buyer to send another $250 to my account which would then immediately open it up. After he supposedly did that, they emailed me saying that I had to go to a Western Union Money Transfer outlet and send him the $250 that he supposedly sent me. That is when I said enough, even talking to my mom I knew I had made a huge mistake all because I was hoping to get more money than what I had paid for the lens. I also researched the number that was texting me and apparently that same number has scammed people before. 
   So the bad news is I am out a lens that I could have returned and gotten my money back, I am out the $56.28 that was for shipping it as well but I didn't lose that extra $250 that he was hoping to get out of me. Lesson learned, research phone numbers, do not agree to shipping items like this overseas unless I have the money in my account.