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Advice on selling images to a major magazine

 
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Jul 07, 2014 07:29 |  #16

I would also be inclined to ask, because she may not want the images out there now and may be willing to pay for the images, which could be a lot more than what the magazine is offering. though I wonder what type of celebrity we are taliing about here. Someone just on television like the news, or someone who has been cast in roles on a television show or in a movie?

Also be aware that your images may have far more value down the road if you just hold on to them and do not have them published.




  
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Jul 08, 2014 13:34 |  #17

Thanks for all the help and input everyone.

I can reach her right now since she is filing and isolated from the outside world.

I am probably going to sit on the images for now.




  
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Jul 08, 2014 13:55 |  #18

Sounds like she's a reality tv star... If so, odds are that her popularity/fame is fleeting. Soon, there will be another batch to take her place - only a very small percentage are able to turn it into something more.
Even if you can't reach her, odds are that you can reach her agent. Might be a worthwhile phone call.


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Jul 08, 2014 18:12 |  #19

Dan Marchant wrote in post #17013898 (external link)
If it is important to you what she thinks of you then you could ask her first. Then, if she says no you have to decide between money or being liked by her. Alternatively, if she doesn't want them published you could ask her if she wants to buy them.

Doesn't that amount to getting her to pay for your promise not to use them? Maybe such a deal is perfectly legitimate, what do I know, but it sounds like blackmail.


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Jul 09, 2014 09:13 |  #20

OhLook wrote in post #17019591 (external link)
Doesn't that amount to getting her to pay for your promise not to use them? Maybe such a deal is perfectly legitimate, what do I know, but it sounds like blackmail.

No different than when you grant exclusive rights to publish for x timeframe. You are providing exclusivity for someone in exchange for $$$. I'm sure for the right price she can even purchase the raw photographs with the promise that he signs over rights and deletes them from his portfolio and computer.




  
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Jul 09, 2014 09:16 |  #21

OhLook wrote in post #17019591 (external link)
Doesn't that amount to getting her to pay for your promise not to use them? Maybe such a deal is perfectly legitimate, what do I know, but it sounds like blackmail.

I can see it as giving her first right of refusal.

Not sure it would be blackmail, but I think it's a close cousin.


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Jul 10, 2014 16:07 |  #22

I'd find out how much they will pay first, then offer her first right to buy them. Or I may select to only sell the most tasteful of the set to them. - but I'd still let her know ahead of time. I don't think it is blackmail.. maybe she will chose to sell them herself one day. I think it is only blackmail if you price them way above normal. Price them in line and offer them to her first.

But I'm ethical that way.. I'm not big on making money if it means harming someone in some way --. I'd never do a deal on risque pictures taken before miss america became miss america.. just cause I know it can ruin someone and make their life hell. Karma might come back and get me.


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Jul 10, 2014 19:18 |  #23

With the type of photos they are I would first contact her. Granted there are no restrictions on their use, but you stated they were taken to build your portfolio. If she was also told this then she may still be under the impression that is what you are using them for, and the only right thing to do then would be to contact her first.

Also, keep in mind I am not a pro photographer and have not, nor will I ever be, put into a situation like this....so I am just providing my 2 cents for what it is worth.


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Jul 15, 2014 21:00 |  #24

Thanks everyone for the advice. I decided not to sell the images.




  
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Jul 18, 2014 12:25 |  #25

I vote you post pics so we can see the celebrity and decide if we want to some semi-nudes!

All joking aside, I think you have an obligation to talk with her first. While I understand it is within you right to do whatever you want with the pics, it seems that there has been significant change in the situation. If she is now a popular porn star, sell'em as everybody's already seen everything. If not, let her make the call as you don't want to ruin her celebrity status because of some choice pics coming up to haunt her.


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