I work for a non-profit that deals with organ donation. About a year ago, I was approached to do some freebie work for the company - take a couple shots of some family members who have received or given to organ donation. No problem, I obliged.
Few months later, we were putting together a new training DVD. Again asked to do some work for the video and again obliged. For my part, I treat it like any other shoot and do the best I can. Thus far, the pics have made their way to billboards, pamphlets, donation material and are part of the center piece of our on-going core values program. All, with very little thanks or recognition.
I have been asked to do another shoot for the company. Despite there being 2 other photographers in the company, I have specifically been requested as my work is, and I quote, "much higher quality than their's", so those requesting see the value. However, again, it will be no pay, no free marketing and little to no thanks/recognition.
I'm curious as to how some of you would approach this. There's little to nothing in it for me, other than a possible brief break from my desk. The likelihood of gaining a new client is pretty low since there's nothing stating I took the images. Definitely no extra pay, but my equipment, knowledge and time in post.
Where do you draw the line when working with your employer? Do you make them pony up for a shoot just like any other client? Do you politely say "No" and walk away? Do you hop at the opportunity? Anyone got anything creative they do?