Saturday, January 13, 2007


Organization is not really something I enjoy and so I admit things often slip through the cracks.

Earlier this year I found a $500 check in one of the books I read but it was a check from a year ago so it wasn't good anymore...and then this morning I was looking for a pass that Pictage had mailed me for this tradeshow and I found this pile of receipts and I thought it was in there but it wasn't...but what was in there was my Pictage check from last month for over $3k - I'm stoked! It's like free money - kinda!


Mark Adams said...

That's awesome! Gotta love that passive income!

Holritz Photography said...

That's hilarious! We found one today for over 2000.00 that we didn't know about! Gotta love Pictage!

- Nathan

Rodolfo Arpia said...

Hey... where's mine?... I'll keep looking ;-)

Anonymous said...

Dude, you gotta outsource this organization thing! You're literally losing money (i.e., interest and such). At the other end of the spectrum, I just received my first check from Pictage for a whopping $76 and immediately took it to the bank with a huge smile on my face...and I also made a photocopy of it and pinned it on my bulletin board with a note reading, "this is only the beginning." Sort of in the spirit of Mike Colon's words about jumping in the deep end and swimming to the top (I hope I'm getting that reference/attribution right).

Sarah Barlow said...

Haha...yeah unfortunately I'm the same way with checks..
My family found a 4k check under the table the other day...YIKES!!!

Daniel J. Watkins said...

Holy can't be serious!!! I think some y'all are outsourcing a little TOO MUCH!!!! ;) I wonder how many other people are forgetting to cash their commish checks. Money you earned...staying in someone else's pocket. Tsk, tsk, tsk...

Time to bring some of that accounting back in-house. ( audits they call it "accounting process controls.")

RIGHT NOW -- open MS Outlook and setup a recurring monthly task called "deposit commission check." (You can thank me for this on 12/31/07...)

|| davidjay || said...

:) In all honesty checks are kinda of a thing of the past so I'm not gonna worry too much about setting up a system for them.

Almost all of my income is directly deposited straight into the bank so I think I'll just stick to moving everything that way.


Anonymous said...

ok nathan, dj, i love you guys but who the hell leaves 3k and 2k checks laying around carelessly and forgets about them? cmon guys, dont be getting all super cheeso on us all now!!

Anonymous said...

you know i've gotta agree with luke walker on this one

it may just be me but i think dj and nate have come across incredibly arrogant on this post. might as well say- "Wow, we have so much money that we don't even need to deposit our checks!"

i hope i'm wrong. but i keep asking myself- what is the point of this post?

|| davidjay || said...

I share everything on here and the unorganized nature of my life certainly isn't something I'm proud of.

I was excited when I found 3k so I posted about it. Sorry it came across as arrogant.

jason groupp said...

DJ - When I come out there in February can go through your couch cushions? :) THAT must be a goldmine!

I know this happens to all of us at one point in our lives or another, and the reason for your post is about organization. This should be a turning point for you to realize that things are really great, but at the same time a little crazy. I would like to hear how you take this as a way to turn it into a positive and let us know what your resolve is.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like it is time for DJ to outsource all of his outsourcing :)

Daniel J. Watkins said...

DJ certainly doesn't strike me as the arrogant type.

I seem to have the opposite (but related) problem..."oh, look, there's an unpaid property tax bill for $1600...with associated interest and penalties...YAY more debt! Gotta love the federal government!"

Anonymous said...

DJ is totally arrogant. I don't know what you're talking about. Just tonight he talked about doubling the fees to join OSP to make op for his lost checks.

He's so full of himself.

And that Nathan guy, don't get me started. He's all about how many times he can juggle a soccer ball and how hot his wife is. Just because she is and he can juggle the soccer ball a lot, doesn't mean he has to keep rubbing it in our faces.


These guys probably don't make that much money in a YEAR from Pictage. They just say they do. DJ knows how to use photoshop... That check isn't real. I hear DJ makes so little money, he doesn't have to pay taxes.

I'm so with you, Anonymous. That's why I courageously chose not to post my name to stand in solidarity with you.


Eric Hoffland said...

Are all California Photographers as arrogant as this? This is uterly the most absurd comment I have ever read.

I would never photo copy one of my checks and post it on my blog. Gime a break.

As far as I'm concerned, Pictage is Satan. They're always trying to find ways to screw photographers out of their money. They still have not processed credits from the CofeeTable Book promotion that ran last SEPTEMBER!

So this is where all of my Pictage Royalty checks were going?!!!

Anonymous said...

How quickly Pictage went from, "(in a post from Eric to Gary Fong) I don't know if you remember me or not but I meet you in at your Dallas digital seminar last spring and again at WPPI this past August. Your seminar, Pictage and the Fuji S2 have changed my life." to "Satan."

If this post is the most absurd comment you've ever read, you must not read much. Your local library probably has some cool programs that will reward you with candy or something for every book you bring in (with a short report to prove you read it).

Good luck with that!