Making people and ideas findable
I am a new Hoosier Handmade Artisan that really wants to help you gain business exposure by allowing you to photograph my models and poducts for my company. The cosmetologist, makeup artst, models, outfits, and accessories will be donated to this cause in exchange for credit and mention of their business on the web and in print advertisement for 1 year. I will need to maintain the rights to use these pics in order to print the advertisements. Students and independent photographers who want to grow in business and enhance their porfolio are encouraged to contact Regina at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please don't work for free. Your time, talent and equipment has a value.
Regina, if you are doing any work for free, I would advise against it. It cheapens the value of your industry.
However, I would love to do a session with you if I'm permitted to select the print publication for advertising. I do believe a full-page ad in a regional publication goes for just about $3,500 an issue.
Working for free when asked is a terrible idea. If you value your products and marketing, you will value your photographers, MUAs, models, etc.
I'm all for doing free work, but only when I am looking to do a specific project. I've done free work in the past and it has done great things for me and others. I still continue to look for work to do for free (currently in the process right now) but I do it on my terms in order to benefit all parties equally.
When someone, especially someone with commercial (read: making a profit) interest, seeks out someone to do free work that is called being cheap and there is never an equal benefit. When someone tells you that they want you to not only work for free but then be given the rights to your work for free, that is despicable. Rights to an image or any intellectual property are completely different than licenses.
I saw the flow chart that doug posted below and while it is entertaining, it is also 100% correct in how people should view doing work for free.
Now, I've said my piece and I will be done with this conversation after this post. I wish you the best of luck in your business endeavors and hope that you will soon learn the value of a professional photographer.
Frank, Doug and Michael are ABSOLUTELY correct in their advice. I hope you take a moment to consider their input!
Am I understanding that professional batering of products or services is not acceptable? I have been doing this for years and especially for charities and ALL parties involved have benefited greatly as a result. Again, I am not encouraging you or anyone else to do something that you don't feel is right. I was simply sharing an opportunity that has been sucessful for me personally. Just as you want me to consider their input, I expect the same respect. That was an old posting and I have definately moved forward since then.
I am darnell photography. I was an intern for a company where i was not paid. Now i have enough paying clientele to live a better quality of life. The successful thinker does what they feel is right. Serving others will always serve as residual blessing. How can I assist you?