gjl711 wrote in post #15475804
Friends and family I would either do it for free, or decline to do it.
My friends and I don't charge one another for our time or skills. If we have to incur costs, then we reimburse that, but even then not always. If It's like $50 or so, not worth worrying about.
Last month my mates Daughter had her school formal. I went and shot it for them for Free even though I had to pay someone to cover for me at the job I was at.
2 weeks later my aircon goes on the fritz. I ask mate to come have a look at it that being his game. He turns up a couple of days later with a Re co unit and just puts that in because it's newer and more efficient than the one I have.
I asked what I owed him, he said it worked out exactly the same as he owed me for doing the daughters formal pics. I know he was out of pocket a lot more than I was but
he wouldn't take any money said he was happy with the deal and that was that.
That's the way we all roll, Swings and roundabouts.
That's pretty typical of the way all my friends are. No one goes outside the group of friends because that would be an insult in effect. I'd certainly feel hurt if they got another shooter to do something for them unless I couldn't do it and I'd feel like I was pissing on a mate if I get someone in their game to do their job.
Price is a bit irrelevant here. We all give one another our labour and in any case, there is more to the trust and honour thing if you like.
If I am not friendly enough with someone to do then job as a favor, then they are aquaitences and it's normal business, maybe looking after them a bit on price, but otherwise the same.
Never had a problem yet.
As soon as money enters into a friend/family relationship, things can go sour quickly, as you found out.
Yes, they CAN go sour but don't have to. As long as everything is spelled out and everyone knows the deal, there should be no problem any more than the problems one could have with normal clients.
I have done jobs many times for the Wifes extended family and had no trouble. I made it clear, what they got, what I was going to do, what the cost was, when payment was due etc.
From there it was as usual including one cousin that was told when she turned up to collect Prints, No money, no photo's. She went away and found the cash they didn't have at that time.
End of problem.
From RDKirk: First, let me check the forum heading...yes, it does say "Business of Photography" and not "Hobby of Photography." Okay. So we're talking about making money, not about hobbies. By "business" I am presuming activities that pay expenses and produce a profit over the long term.