When the photographer's away, the scammers will play...

Waterfall, St. Lucia. (Copyright Angela Ferguson Photography 2015)Good evening, everyone! If I've seemed quiet lately, it's because I've been traveling the Caribbean for the past two weeks! Everyone needs a nice, non-working vacation once in a while! There were still some nice photos to be had, though!

I returned to work today, and I was quickly reminded of the challenges that face me a small business owner. The bulk of today was spent catching up on the mountain of email that had piled up.

    ...Junk mail...

    ...Social Media notifications...

    ...Photo session requests...

    ...and scammers!

Two of the requests that I'd received turned out to be scams, trying to take advantage of small businesses like mine. Luckily, a little research alerted me to the problem. For all you other photographers out there -- or other small business owners out there -- beware these names:

  •  witney wharf - "Witney" wanted to hire me for event photography, and it all seemed legitimate at first, but suddenly she needed to also pay me for the event planning costs because her event planner didn't take credit cards. Oh, come on -- what event planner doesn't take credit cards? SCAM!
  • Ross Feinstein - "Ross" wanted to hire me for a family reunion. On the heels of "Witney," my spider sense started tingling. Sure enough, this is a similar SCAM!

So, add these folks to the naughty list with "Jennifer McMahon the lawyer".

It's tough of there, folks. Be alert and be aware -- but also know that it's worth it, because there are people like Pamela, who intends to get a special portrait done for her husband's birthday. It's those sweet gestures and wonderful people who make all the effort so rewarding!

Waterfall, St. Lucia. (Copyright Angela Ferguson Photography 2015)