I stumbled upon this article on “the phoblographer” this morning.
It’s called: “The worst excuses I’ve ever heard for not wanting to pay a photographer appropriately”
And it goes something like this (click on the logo to access the article):
- You can use the photos you shoot for us for your portfolio.
- This is a charity event, you can use it as a tax write-off.
- All I’m asking you to do is show up, go click click and that’s it. I’m not going to pay you more for that.
- You’re out of our budget. (in reference for wanting to pay only half of what I charge for concert photography)
- I’ve got loads of photographer friends that are doing this for free and we just want someone legit to show up and give advice.
- We used all the money in the budget to rent the airstrip and pay for the drinks.
- I’m an aspiring actress and you’ll be a famous photographer one day for shooting my head shots.
- We’re looking for a photographer for a trial. It may perhaps lead to future work. (it never does.)
- We’ll be able to pay you in lots of free samples of our product.
- We’re looking for an intern that will carry lights, retouch the photos, and work the camera.
I have heard every single one of those phrases at some point. It is very scary how a lot of people have absolutely no idea that photographers also have bills to pay.
Last time I tried to pay my hydro bill with free samples, they said “no”.
I know!!!! Weird, right?!
But the good thing is that there are still good clients who know the meaning of the phrase: “you get what you pay for.” All my current clients know that and I love them for it.
It’s is just our job as photographers to cherish them and give them our full attention and to disregard the ones that even mention the possibility of us working just to improve our portfolio.