Well I just got back from my meeting with the Publication Director & Lead Graphics Designer of the local newspaper (The Stockton Record). I've just been offered a freelance photographer gig for their special section publications. There are two publications that I will be mainly working on. "Home Life" which is a quarterly full color magazine glossy which deals with home and garden subjects and "Elegant Lifestyles" which is a bi-monthly full color glossy magazine which is labeled "The Central Valley's Luxury Magazine", it is a direct mail piece that is targeted to the high-end market. My work will entail taking pictures at "scene-and-be-seen" events and product/display shots of various business/people/homes/items.
They have already started booking me for projects, this weekend I'm covering a "Pet Couture" boutique with dressed up doggies and the such. In a couple weeks I'll be working at the Gallo Art Center grand opening ($1,000+ plate black-tie charity event). They said that they should be able to keep me pretty busy.
The standard contract that I am looking over says that I will be paid $100/hr for the first hour and then $50/hour thereafter for all projects. All images will be joint copyrighted and I'll have an expense account to deal with gas/lodging/travel/etc.
I'm pretty excited...wish me luck!!!