COLLIER COUNTY, Fla - A local photographer says his business is so busy, he's turning away clients. It's the reality as the real estate recovery continues in Southwest Florida.
Doug Thompson works seven days a week. As an architectural photographer, his phone is ringing off the hook. "I've never been this busy," says Doug. "I'm running a month and a half behind schedule right now."
It's a big change from several years ago. "The work just stopped overnight. It was like an immediate, just everyone was gone," says Thompson. "All my clients are architects, developers, interior designers so if they're not doing well, I'm not doing well."
By 2009, Thompson was barely breaking even, but he kept clicking away. "My water got turned off and I had to hook my garden hose to the neighbors house."
Things started to turn around last year and have peaked to a point Thompson has never experienced. "I have so much I'm turning down jobs and turning down new clients, I've never done that before. I don't like to do that."
With no end in sight either. Clients like Stock Development keep building, developments in Collier and Lee County keep growing and business for Thompson keeps clicking whether he likes it or not.
"I'm having to recommend other photographers and I don't like having to do that. It's a good place to be I guess, but it feels weird," says Thompson.