It's easy to find depressing news about the economy. I'm more interested in creating favourable situations to manufacture my own healthy economy.
January has started well for Spectrum Photography: finishing a photo session at a nursing home (commercial work), picking up additional orders from Christmas business (family portraits), winning a modest little job at a local school for its marching members (classic school photography), forging a relationship with Howard County's newest event hall (aptly named Celebrations) and getting ready for a photo session at a music academy (supporting and being supported by the arts - who'd have thought?!).
Every photographer knows that these jobs are the foundation for good things: the money from the session itself can be good, but the residuals can be career-sustaining.