So, long-story-short, I'm an unemployed..,trying to be self-employed photographer and I've returned to school full time to obtain my bachelors. So, very now and then I troll around Craigslist trying to find photography gigs. I found one where a lady was looking for a tog that has all of their on gear and lights etc...but she provides all of the props (it's "vintage" school portraits) the costumes, classic tricycle, old books, a bench, feathered boa's, flower headbands and hats for the girls, newsboy hats for the boys, airplanes, baseballs and mits, and tons more...an suv full of props and clothing...etc, etc.
Well, she wants to pay $3 per kid. She expects at least 4 different poses incorporating the props in every photo.
I've worked a few times for her now and her "system" is beyond inexplicable and there really is no process. After working my ass of and, much like weddings, shot straight for 6 hours with no bathroom break, nothing to eat or drink, on my knees the entire time...my knees are literally bruised, bloodied and the skin worn off to the point I have this gaping, oozing hole where a knee skin should be!
At the end of this past two days I did the math and because of how inefficient the process is, we we're supposed to photograph about 90 kids and ended up only shooting maybe 55 kids. Like, 25 one day and about 30 the next day...so, I will have earned $150 for 12 hours of work and sweat and blood and risking my own gear, use my own batteries, use my own CF cards...etc.
Sigh...am I a sucker or is this really how this is supposed to work?