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Comic relief: responses to working for free/peanuts.

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Sep 26, 2015 16:50 |  #16

The temptation to say " happy to!" then show up and take pics with my phone...:lol:


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Sep 26, 2015 16:56 |  #17

BlakeC wrote in post #17708898 (external link)
Them-"I love your work and I would love to have you shoot our wedding! We are on a budget and cannot pay you but I will ALLOW you to use MY photos in your portfolio."

Me- "I would love to shoot your wedding! I require a non-refundable deposit of $X to reserve your wedding day. $X amount is due no later than 7 days prior to your wedding day."

I like to ignore what they say and pretend that they didn't just offer to pay me with my own photos.

Maybe tell them there's a $500 photo industry surcharge that's added every time someone asks for free work, which is then used in part to help educate other photographers to stand up for themselves against moochers out for free stuff.

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Sep 28, 2015 13:10 |  #18

It's not just clients that ask for work for peanuts.

Lifetouch in our area was asking that 2 parents "volunteers" for $25 for an 8 hour day

"Parent Volunteers For Picture Day Needed: Picture Day at xxxxxxx is fast approaching and scheduled for Monday, September 14th beginning at and ending in the early afternoon. Lifetouch Photography Studios is looking for 2 parent volunteers to assist them for the day with student information and procedures. Once completed, Lifetouch will provide you with a $25 gift certificate for a full day of assistance or a $15 gift certificate for a half day of assistance. If interested, please contact the office by phone (xxx-xxx-xxxx) or email at Picture day information will be available at the School Opening Conferences. "

I wonder what they would have done if the parent, "accidentally" screwed up all the paperwork....

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Sep 30, 2015 09:43 |  #19

Dan Marchant wrote in post #17706564 (external link)
I would suggest "F*ck you, pay me" but that is actually for people who have already done work and are having trouble getting the agreed payment (still worth watching though).​m/watch?v=jVkLVRt6c1U (external link) - obviously some NSFW language at the start.

Best one I have been able to come up with is rather long....
"You want to use my images promote your business in order to earn more money. If you don't believe my images will help you earn more money you shouldn't use them. If you do believe you can earn money from my images then so should I".

"Freebie for Warner Brothers?" (NSFW language.)
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Sep 30, 2015 10:49 |  #20

"You'll get great exposure!"

"Thanks, I'm not interested in exposing myself for free."

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Oct 01, 2015 04:13 |  #21

Last time I got great exposure the police arrested me :(

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