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Dec 22, 2007 21:41 |  #1

Hi guys. I will have a job interview as an even photographer in Oklahoma. My question is, WHAT do I need to bring to the interview?


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Dec 22, 2007 21:59 |  #2

Last time I interviewed an event photographer, I asked him for a portfolio, a business license, and his insurance policy.

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Dec 23, 2007 01:11 |  #3

What is a business license? and insurance policy? sorry im kind of a noob


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Dec 23, 2007 01:52 |  #4

You need a business license to run a business. Insurance is pretty self explanatory, every business should have insurance to protect against being personally liable when sued.




  
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Dec 23, 2007 02:03 |  #5

How do I get a license? and how do I get an insurance?


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Dec 23, 2007 09:50 |  #6

I'm presuming this event photographer job is not as an employee, but they're expecting to hire you as a business, correct? If so, to my understanding if you don't have a business license (talk to your local city management) you're operating illegally.

Regarding insurance, it would be the liability for damage or lawsuit relating to the work, and the need for it might vary depending on what types of events you're shooting. In my case, it was cars on racetracks, where liability is certainly an issue. I suppose there are other events which are much less potential for liability issues, and you could argue whether having insurance was necessary, or perhaps if this is a one-off job, whoever's hiring you might be able to cover you under their policy. There's a long thread on insurance, at https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=54745

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Dec 23, 2007 20:13 |  #7

Hmm.. Ok thank you so much for the tips guys! I will make sure that they will be hiring me as an employee. As for the insurance, hopefully they will have it for me.

For the portfolio, how many pictures should I have?


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Dec 24, 2007 04:09 as a reply to  @ leninglass's post |  #8

sorry, but is this thread for real?


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Dec 24, 2007 09:14 |  #9

i was going to say the same thing gary, but everyone has to start somewhere


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Dec 24, 2007 10:07 |  #10

This may be a great opportunity for you to learn what its going to take to be a photographer. I know from the very little experience I have so far is it is surprising how much time you have to put in to even do " events". Your business licence is the easy part. Getting insurance is a little more of a complicated issue. But going to this interview can be an educational experience. Just remember that insurance is a really important, without experience it will not be hard to set yourself up for a lawsuit.


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Dec 26, 2007 22:36 |  #11

Thanks for the reply mitchella68. And yes this is a real thread people. I thought this forum was a good place to start photography and ask the dumbest questions that are easy for the members to answer but difficult for me as I am a newbie.


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Dec 27, 2007 09:14 |  #12

For the portfolio, how many pictures should I have?

How many great ones do you have? If you only have 4, then I'd only show 4.
Otherwise, I'd show 6-10 & have a few more in reserve if they ask for more. Remember, they don't all have to be event shots.


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Dec 27, 2007 10:58 |  #13

I guess it all depends on what you are doing.

There are many freelancers who do not have a business license and get paid and file a 1099 and pay taxes on it.
Most of photojournalists work this way.


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Dec 27, 2007 12:01 |  #14

I wouldn't disagree that it's happening, but my point was that in the USA, I think those "many freelancers" are operating illegally if they don't have a business license. It's like hiring an illegal alien - nobody's saying it doesn't happen, but when somebody asks whether you should do it or not, especially on a public forum, I feel the correct response is "no".

From the SBA (external link):

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A state business license is the main document required for tax purposes and conducting other basic business functions. Many states have established small business assistance agencies to help small businesses comply with state requirements.


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Dec 27, 2007 12:09 |  #15

leninglass,

Good luck, I really do not think that they will hire you as an employee, most people will not do that, it changes the way the IRS taxes them, they have to pay al sorts of costs. They will most likely hire you as an independent contractor.

In that case you do not need insurance, if they do not require you to have it. That being said, if this is something that you want to pursue as a full time gig or even part time, get the insurance. Talk to the agent you use for your Home/Renters/Car Insurance about it, they will point you in the right direction.

As for the business license you need it in every city that you operate, get it. They usually do not cost much, and save a lot of hassle.

Also are you doing this under a company name? If so register it with you state, and get a Tax ID number from the IRS (look at your state website for forming a company, they will have a guided list, then go to the IRS website to get the Tax ID).

This sounds overwhelming but it is pretty easy once you do it. When they hire you they may need you to fill out a W9 form, if you do this as a business and have a tax id number you will not have to use your SSN and your Tax guy will be a lot happier with you.

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