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Atl-Fotos
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Sep 19, 2007 17:03 |  #1

Here is my situation:

I shot a wedding and the flower vendor wants about 20 soft copies of my pics which she saw on line. She says she will put a link to my site on her site.

What would you do?

1. give them to her free.
2. give them to her at a discount
3. have her buy them from the internet
4. something totally different....

I wish I knew how to set up an opinion poll but this will have to do...


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Sep 19, 2007 17:07 |  #2

Give them for free as long as they credit the pictures to you for the Internet use only.
If they want to make the pictures for brochure or any printing, I would ask for some fee.


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Sep 19, 2007 17:08 |  #3
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How reputable is she? Does she have her own store front? Is the a popular florist?

If she's not new and just starting out and has a good amount of business established for herself, find out where on here site she will link to you and will you be the only photographer linked on her site.

If she says yes that you'll be the only one and she'll link you in an easily visible spot, give them to her for free. :-)




  
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Sep 19, 2007 17:18 |  #4

I would give files for free. Some wedding photographers bring complimentary prints or even small albums to the other vendors anticipated on a wedding.

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Sep 19, 2007 17:19 |  #5

personally i would give them to her for free. because that could possibly generate more business for you.
i would do it. but thats just me.

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Sep 19, 2007 18:02 |  #6

I would give them the images, and I don't watermark them so long as the provide a good visible link to my website.


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Sep 19, 2007 19:25 |  #7

I think we have reached a consensus. It happened to me before: a florist wanted both soft and hard copies. I gave her the soft copies free of charge, as long as I had a link back to my site and gave her a cheap price for the hard copies.

I believe that we should help each other in this business. Well, maybe with the exception of the competition! :p


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Sep 19, 2007 19:42 |  #8

Oh, I have an ongoing arrangement with a local jeweler - they can have as many prints as they like from couples who wear their rings, I put a small watermark on them, and they refer customers to me. I just got a referral from them on the weekend. I'll also send them a gift basket or something from time to time.


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Sep 19, 2007 19:47 |  #9

Thanks for the input everyone. I will go with the concensus.


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Sep 19, 2007 20:47 |  #10

I'd stop around with the CD and also drop off some business cards and/or brochures while there.


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Sep 20, 2007 02:32 |  #11
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We always give other suupliers/vendors at the wedding free copies of our photos and also try and mention them on our blog if we thought they were good and enjoyed working with them, we dont ask for anything in return but they usually take cards from us and hopefully mention us favourably to their clients ..... "your network is your net worth" ... according to someone who's name escapes me at the moment.


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Sep 20, 2007 02:42 |  #12

UH No, No freebies. freebies just do not work. If she wants the images she can pony up the dough. Business to business is still business. Freebies are charity, hoping that you will get business. A better idea is to "rent" some desk or counter space from her place an album with good contact info and kick her a finders fee. If she wants to promote your business then let her get paid to do so, the same for you. But the images should be paid for and uage agreed upon in writing. That way if she never uses you again, goes out of business or has a prefered photographer you still get paid.

I am not sure why so many of you don't get it, but freebies rarely pay off. Business people respect your work most when they understand that is going to have a VALUE. Free is not a value. Discounts? Sure. Finders fee or referals, you bet. Get it in writing on your letterhead and she will respect your work and your business practices.

If not then you are just another GWC.

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Sep 20, 2007 03:02 |  #13

What's GWC? The couple I met tonight, who will most likely book, came to me from a vendor who I gave some free prints too.


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Sep 20, 2007 03:37 |  #14

Depends,

I would be inclined to do it for free, but as a better idea, I'd offer to spend an hour with her and do some shots of other flower arrangments they do. I'd then offer soft copies with a watermark, and if she wanted them without the watermark I'd offer them at a price. Obviously clear this with them first.


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Sep 20, 2007 04:19 |  #15

tim wrote in post #3969153 (external link)
What's GWC? The couple I met tonight, who will most likely book, came to me from a vendor who I gave some free prints too.

Googled it as I was unfamiliar with it as well. Google is my friend :)

Model Mayhem defines it as :
GWC (external link) is an acronym for "Guy With Camera." It's a derogatory term for amateur photographer that's taken the interweb by storm. It usually implies that said guy is only interested in photography to get hot ladies to get nekkid for him.


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