I just got an offer from a photo editor from FIRST FOR WOMEN magizine. I'm interested in the work but mostly do weddings so I'm not sure how to proceed. Here is the email:
My name is Christie and I am from the photo department at First magazine. I have a photo shoot coming up in or near Buffalo, NY and I was hoping you might be interested in the assignment. The work that I see on your website is fantastic and I would love the opportunity to work with you. This shoot is for our "Weight Loss Discovery" story about a real life woman named Rachel Miller (age 39) who recently lost an astounding 120 pounds. Examples are attached. We are simply looking to get beautiful outdoor portraits (weather permitting) of Rachel in 2 fitted casual outfits to show off her amazing new body in an upcoming early autumn issue. The cover date of the issue will be 9/15/14. I will be hiring someone to do hair & make-up as well as an on-set stylist, but Rachel will be providing her own wardrobe. She is currently available to do the shoot on any Wednesday or Friday before July 9th. I will be booking a rain date in case of inclement weather. We can offer a $700 flat fee for the assignment. Please let me know as soon as possible if you're available and interested. Thank you and I look forward to your reply!
Seems pretty legit. I'd want to call and talk about details (and look for red flags). Here are some of my questions:
1. Is $700 a fair fee for a job like this?
2. What about printing/advertising rights? Should there be an additional charge?
3. If everything gets worked out, should I require a down payment like weddings or is that appropriate for this type of work?