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First to Jacqueline who is assistant editor for Fit Pregnancy.  For those of you who don’t know, Fit Pregnancy is owned by American Media, Inc.  AMI owns Playboy, OK!, Shape, The National Enquirer, Star, Globe and quite a few others.   They are hardly a start up or non-profit.

Dear Jacqueline assistant editor for Fit Magazine,
Just a couple of things.  You say  that Fit Pregnancy magazine is “unable to pay for photos at this point”.  I find this to be the most interesting thing you’ve said yet!   First the word. Unable.  Just for kicks, Jackie, stand in front of a mirror and say it out loud, “We at Fit Pregnancy are Un-ayyyyyyyyyy-bel to pay for photographs at this point”.  Did you say it with a straight face?  You did?  You are awesome!   But is it true, Jacki-O?  Is Fit Pregnancy Magazine, really “unable” to pay for photographs at this point?    Because the last time I checked, your rag was chock full of professionally composed and lit photographs.  You even had a photograph on the cover!   So now that  you know that I know that Fit Pregnancy  uses real-life professional  photographs, do you still want to stick with “unable”?   Maybe another word would work better.  Let’s see, “UNWILLING” seems to fit!  You’re a writer first, Jack-jack.  I checked your Linkedin account.  You know more than I, that words matter.  So let’s be clear.  Fit Pregnancy magazine is UNWILLING TO PAY for photographs at this point.

It’s probably a fluff piece.  I get it. Something to bulk up the issue without costing you any extra money.  And there’s the pickle, ey Jax?  So you composed this very complimentary email to me and at least one other photographer I know.  How many more did you send it to?  My bet is quite a few.   I can only imagine how the morning editors meeting went.  Here’s the dilemma:  How can we avoid paying the costs of doing business?  And then…..   BAM!  Someone came up with the perfect plan!  let’s compose an email that goes something like this…..

And so, Jay Jay,  you wrote to me:  ”we need hi-res, professional shots, we’ve decided the best way to round up some photos would be to go through the photogs themselves.”

Allow me to do my best to translate your email, Jo Jo.  Just my take here:  ”I am the assistant editor to a very large and famous magazine.  I know, I know.  I’ll pause so you can take a deep breath and pinch yourself.   [pause pause pause pause pause pause]  Ok, now, we need to bulk up our issues with some fluff pieces and we need beautiful, high resolution, professional photographs.  We, however,  don’t want to pay for them.  You understand.  If we were to act professionally and go through a stock agency or a real commercial or editorial photographer, we would have to pay real money.  We don’t like paying real money.  So we thought a good use of our time would be to troll smaller scale portrait photographers, like you.  Photographers without experience in our industry.  Photographers without representation. We figure that if we copy and paste this message to enough photographers like you, someone will bite. Someone will be impressed with our very big, fancy and famous name.   Really, all we need are just a few talented suckers (hopefully you) who will  be flattered and star-struck enough to give us their work for free.  This could be you!”  (Oh goody).

Just so you know,  Jeranimo,  I don’t have any dreams of grandeur here.   Strategies like yours aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.  A sucker is born everyday.  Still, I don’t like apathy, Jaycee.   It’s a quality I loathe most in a person.  Either you are part of a solution, or you are part of the problem.  You, my dear are part of a problem.  Congratulations.  You made me an offer of zero dollars for my work.  For my art.   You and your company attempted to use your power and fancy name to take advantage of me.  Do you  know what this officially makes you?  It makes you a step below WalMart.  WalMart at least offers minimum wage or poverty wages overseas.  You are offering absolutely zero.  And the photographers who take you up on this offer?    You are taking advantage of them.  This is within  your right, I suppose, but it doesn’t make you any less of a jacka__….nevermind.

Congratulations to you.  Job well done.

Sincerely,
Trish Reda

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 Dear other “photog” whom Jacqueline contacted and is excited about her offer,

I won’t take up too much of your time.  You are most likely a very small business, possibly a one woman/man show like me.   You have a lot of work to do.  It is highly possible that you do the shooting, editing, ordering, re-touching, marketing, bookeeping, and general secretarial work all while furthering your education so that you remain relevant and cutting edge.    You have to make sure you’re always working enough to make enough money to support your family, plus pay for your insurance, office expenses, marketing costs, lab fees, online subscription fees, equipment, and so much more.   You have a crap ton on your mind.  I get it.

So real quick.  If Fit Pregnancy or any other major publication wants to use your photographs in any way, this means you are good enough to be paid for your work.  That is a pretty awesome accomplishment.  You’re rad.  Tell everyone.   I mean it.  TELL EVERYONE!  If you read above, you know that media outlets such as Fit Pregnancy are not hard up for cash.  Paying for the photographs they use in their issues  is simply part of their cost of doing business.  If they are unwilling to pay you, be skeptical.  Don’t fall for the flattery of a very fancy assistant editor lady.  It is highly likely that every other contributor in that magazine is paid along with a receiving their name in the credits.  This is standard practice.

Now, if you are trying to build your business, and you need exposure, I can pretty much promise you that nobody reading Fit Pregnancy or any other major magazine is going to say, “wow, awesome photograph.  I wonder who took it?  Maybe I should look up their website!  Oh, her website is so cool, I think I’ll call and book a session!”.    I am speaking from experience here.  This is not a good avenue for growing your business.  No matter how cool it sounds.

You want to build your business and you’re itching to give your work away?  Share it with a local kids  boutique.  Let them use your images with credit and a link in their newsletter.  Let them use it on FB with a plug back.  Build relationships with local businesses who truly like your work and you like theirs.  Refer to each other.  Save the free work for local non profits who truly need your expertise.  Be sincere.  Be generous with your time and talent.  But be generous to the people and organizations who truly need and deserve you.  Not some corporation who is trying to shave a little off of their bottom line.

When a company  like this comes at you with flattery and then asks for you to hand over your beautiful art for free, resist the urge.  It’s tempting, but resist.  For one thing, you are totally worth more.  You truly are.  But you know what?  So am I and so is the next up and coming photographer.  They will never buy our cows, if we keep giving away our awesome,  organic, raw grass-fed milk for free.

You are incredible and talented and an important part of this industry.  Don’t ever take anything less than what you are worth.  It annoys me when you do that.

Thanks for your time. Rock on.
~Trish Reda

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Dear photographers, writers, illustrators, musicians and all of the other artists that Corporate America is quietly trying to screw over,

Many of us are solitary by nature, but I think it’s important that we’re not alone.  Let’s have each other’s backs, shall we?  I am going to continue to edit this area and add links to stories related to this topic.  The more we out these corporations and people, the better off we all will be.

Peace out
~Trish

Required Reading

*Whitey’s angry letter to Betty TV
*A fun little rant by Harlan Ellison
*How Esty designers are being ripped off by a giant and unoriginal corporation
*Artifact
*No marketing budget for bloggers.
*Slaves of  the Internet Unite.
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 Grab a cup of coffee and learn.  Mike Monteiro.  Bravo, dude!

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Asher Almonacy - Thank you for sharing your experience! No free photography in 2014!ReplyCancel

  • Alan Ottenstein - My car needed to be fixed yesterday and the shop actually wanted me to pay for it. I told them that if they fixed my car for free I would tell all my friends, and it would really help their business in the long run. I can’t believe they told me they would not do the work if I wouldn’t pay for it. Who do they think they are ?ReplyCancel

  • Andrea - brilliant! I just can’t get enough of this thread. I could spend all day but alas I have to edit images and design albums today. I can’t tell you how many times I have been asked to do things for free by commercial entities. i have even been asked to work for
    $1.99 ( many years ago) which i was told is the equivalent fee for stock images or some crap and STILL never received payment from that “job”
    No more. I never work for free and life is much better and I make more and I don’t work for people/companies who cannot afford me. I don’t work as much as some photog but when I do I am compensated fairly and so life is good .Getting paid what I am worth allows me to have a life. I can spend time with family. Isn’t that why we work? I don’t think that is asking too much of our “entertainment” business world.
    My Motto: Pay fair rates for others services and be paid fairly for your services.ReplyCancel

  • Kevin Westenbarger - This post is great. If photographers keep giving them images for free for that page, why would they ever start paying? If no photographers had ever, in the history of the world, given away a free photo, then nobody would ever ask for a free photo. I bet nobody EVER calls Wallmart and asks them for a free camera.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Schaaf - Hmmm, I just listened to Lindsey Adler talk about commercial work and she said she doesn’t get paid for editorial…so I was under the impression that is industry standard and while no one will read a byline, you can bet your bottom dollar your clients would be impressed when you post all over your blog and website “As Seen in Fit Magazine.” I do think that has some marketing value too. So yeah, no one would ask, but I would most certainly do it!!ReplyCancel

  • Michael Corbin - Trish is so right. End of story.ReplyCancel

  • Lamb Taylor - Let’s face it. Free photos from any source that are published in the media mean that photographers will have an even more difficult time to make a living. It’s up to us to make sure that more inexperienced photographers realize that giving away photos to publications such as this one is of no long term benefit for anyone but the publisher. As people have already said there are other ways to get exposure.ReplyCancel

  • a follow up. - […] am stunned that my letter to Jacqueline made the rounds it did. I am so appreciative of the comments, tweets, emails, and the stories you […]ReplyCancel

  • Aaron Lynch - Um, The only fault I can find with your letter(s) is that you actually give Wal-Mart too much credit. In Mexico Baggers work for tips. Wal mart does however have the good grace to put up a big sign that tells people that is the case and tries to shame customers into paying their baggers’ wages

    So I mean if they gave you a byline explaining that they were too cheap to pay you but that the reader should send you a quarter if they enjoyed your work: THEN they would be equal to Wal martReplyCancel

  • Editor - I completely agree that you and all other artists deserve to AND should be compensated for your work. Period. But the public shaming of this poor editor, so not cool. Assistant editor is practically an entry-level position. She had no authority to pay you or ask the powers that be to make this one exception just for you. Also, sooo many editors have started out as UNPAID interns, myself included. We worked for credit, we worked for the experience and, yes, worked for that precious byline.ReplyCancel

  • Richard Harrington - Enjoyed your article and feel the same. Care to contribute a post on this to our site? I think your opinions are well formed and I can relate.ReplyCancel

  • Bill - Hey “you’rerudeandcreepy” (or should I say Jacqueline) – NOTHING you say in your post is true or “industry standard.” I’m sorry you are so offended by Trish bringing the truth to light.

    1 – I’ve been shooting for 30 years and doing steady editorial jobs for 10+ and I always get paid. In fact I rarely have to negotiate because their going rates are usually fair (based on circulation and page space/quantity).

    2 – Sales I’ve made in countries other than the US have generally paid more than here and payment is usually faster as well. I’ve made my biggest sales in Australia, Sweden and New Zealand. Way to go USA. leading the race to the bottom.

    3 – Many publishers have fair contracts that don’t abuse the rights of their content providers, imagine that!

    4- Many of my publisher clients actually pay me again every time a new edition of a book is published, and I don’t even have to bother them about it, imagine that!

    People – photography is more valuable and important to these publications than ever, don’t be conned by these charlatans who say it isn’t!

    PS – Trish, your photos are beautiful and unique, bravo.ReplyCancel

  • Lee Hawkins - Thank you for sticking up for yourself and educating photographers who don’t know better. Everyone expects to pay a lawyer for legal advice, it’s totally unprofessional to expect a photographer to license their work for a profitable mass media company for next to nothing in return.ReplyCancel

  • you'rerudeandcreepy - Your vicious attack on Jacqueline is a lunatic, horribly self- centered and unprofessional response to what is standard practice in editorial. If you were really an accomplished photographer you would know this already. Your overblown response just speaks to your inexperience and deluded sense of the relationship between photographers and editors. There are lots of reasons why you might consider sharing a photo for credit only: Mainly, to establish a relationship with a major media company who might be in a position to book you for a paid shoot in the future and/or recommend you to colleagues. It’s a résumé item. It’s a feather in your cap. Future clients may be impressed with this credential an decide to hire you because of it! A competitor magazine might see the credit and book you for a shoot! Your horrible rant should have been addressed to the editor in chief or the owner of AMI (again, another testament to your utter cluelessness, cowardice and ugly, bitter attitude (and you shoot children?!!!) Do you think Jacqueline is any position to create or change policies? Why would you launch such a personal attack on someone who is just doing her job? I was a magazine and website editor for more than a decade, and really, don’t flatter yourself: that email and its contents would never ever come up in an editorial meeting because it is standard practice! No strategizing or scheming necessary because this is how magazines are made.
    You are a shortsighted, unsophisticated industry outsider and I think it’s going to stay that way. If I were Jacqueline’s boss I would recommend that she get a restraining order against you. You will get other requests like this. Next time try handling it with some grace and humility and politely decline.ReplyCancel

    • Trish Reda - Hi Amy… I mean “you’rerudeandcreepy”, thank you for contributing to the discussion. I appreciate your comment. I didn’t allow your other comment through because it was a copied and pasted version of your last. Your points are taken. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Bill - Thanks for this Trish, kudos to you! I think the best way to deal with these people (besides ignoring them) is to just pretend you didn’t read the email correctly and immediately ask about budget. Or give them a price based on their circulation and page space (yes, you look this up). Of course I find the negative comments above from amateur photographers kissing corporate ass hilarious! “You have to be nice” “the corporations don’t have the budgets” OMG, I hope you all enjoy cashing your unemployment checks. I’ve been in this business a long time and I make more money than ever from editorial work. Yes, I get paid real money, often quite a lot for editorial work. Even the tiny local magazines that are given out free at the grocery store and community center find the money to pay. Please anyone reading this – if you want to sell the usage of your photos join an org like ASMP.org or http://www.editorialphoto.com and learn how to do it right, giving it away is corporate welfare. Other business people will respect you more if you demand compensation for your work, otherwise they are just rolling you and laughing all the way to the bank (theirs). Excuse me while I go deposit a check from a publisher that just arrived in the mail……ReplyCancel

  • Ariel - I find it insulting that such a large publication would ask you for photos without paying. I have worked for two small local publications that give their magazines away for FREE and I always get paid as well as getting my name in the magazine…if a very small local company can afford to pay a photographer, surely these companies that SELL over 500,000 copies of their publication can afford to pay a minimal fee for a photographers hard work and “beautiful photographs”.
    On the other side of this, I feel like putting the assistant editor on blast is kiiinda unprofessional as well. While I read and laughed at it…I feel like getting the word out to other photographers could have been done in a more professional manner. I do agree that whoever accepted this “deal” was in desperate need of being informed because they do muck it up for the rest of us that know better, I just feel like it could have been handled differently.ReplyCancel

  • jm - While a bean counter in a suit might be the one responsible, it was unprofessional for Jennifer to include the “other photographers are excited for the credit” part. Clearly she’s experienced such resistance.

    In the context of a print publication that claims they’re “unable” to pay for content, note Shutterstock’s Enhanced License plans: http://www.shutterstock.com/subscribe.mhtml?enhanced=1
    This might not reflect the author’s rates, but AMI could just as easily use stock photography.

    It’s very interesting that some people here are defending the magazine’s hardship claims. AMI is based in NYC. Let’s say you consider even a low end salary of an on-site creative in this environment; net take-home daily pay would be between $300-400/day (associate-mid level). Gross pay is obviously more, and on a typical rate card when a client is billed, the agency will charge about $125-150 per hour for this position. Are they really claiming they can’t afford between $200-450 for a PRINT article’s visual creative content? Their salaried creatives would already be putting in enough time in that a licensing fee would be insignificant in comparison.

    I’ve worked in print and web content, as well as in advertising. Budgets are bloated by executive account managers, creative directors’ excessive travel, inefficient management, etc. Trust me, there’s enough in Fit Pregnancy’s budget to pay for original photography. They’re just trying to get away with not doing so, and those of you eager to jump at the chance for “credit” are doing so at your own loss.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - Jacqueline has only worked for the magazine since August 2013. Plus she just earned her editing certificate in 2010 – three almost four years ago. As such, she might not be the person has control over whether images are paid or not.

    Here is the link to her background.

    (deleted for privacy)

    Before you go on a rampage demanding payment for photos, find out first if the person has the capacity to make those decisions. Did you ask her if that was within her job scope? Did you ask who had the authority to make those decisions? No.

    Just because she doesn’t automatically cave to your wild demands warrants this horrible posting about her? Really?

    Then there is the issue of admonishing others who wish to use the opportunity for exposure and are not asking payment. There is nothing wrong with earning a reputation for work and cultivating an interest before demanding payment. Otherwise, every person who received a compliment on a photo they took would classify themselves as a professional photographer. If a smaller business wants to relinquish rights to some photos for exchange of publicity, that helps the business. Not hurts them. I cannot believe that someone touting so much business experience does not know this simple fact.

    Your behavior makes you look extremely unprofessional. If you wish to be taken seriously as a professional photographer, then act it.

    Send a letter of apology before your “name” is trashed throughout the photography industry.ReplyCancel

  • Daniel - Right on!ReplyCancel

  • Damali Conceptuals - I am sorry, while I agree with everything you are saying as far as a technical scope today? (Nobody can refute what you are saying and I am not.) I think it shows more the lack of vision you possess for understanding just what it takes to become a highly successful artist for tomorrow. You got on your emotionally filled and passionate soapbox without any regard for what this could do to your brand.

    I’m a professional photographer as well. However, I started off in the music industry. I was also a professional spoken word poetry performer who toured all over the country. I am not very successful at photography yet, but I am following the same blueprint that did make me a lot of money in the music business and even poetry. The main thing and most important two things about attaining success is networking (and building positive relationships) and sacrifice. Your email back to Jacqueline will not lead to a positive networking relationship and your unwillingness to sacrifice will hurt you as well.

    Poetry is very obscure and most people would probably think you could never make any decent money doing it, but they would be wrong. When I first started doing poetry I performed at every open mic and coffee house I could. I performed on street corners, beauty salons, anywhere I could, for free. I met people, I created a brand, and I moved people with my talents. Even when I was making $4,000-5,000 a show for poetry, I performed for free, everywhere I could.

    Did a lot of these clubs make good money off of me without compensation? Absolutely! Did I ever focus on what I was losing instead of what I was gaining? Absolutely not; because running a business is exactly like gambling and professionals do not focus on how much they are losing or what they lost, they focus on what they are gaining.

    With all due respect, if I was Jacqueline, I would never work with you. If another editor from within that magazine or any other magazine who is a part of AMI brought your name up? I would recommend them not to work with you because you are “difficult” or could be “trouble”. You probably just branded yourself as a troublemaker and there are millions of photographers out here in this world, so why bother with you?

    Too many “artists” are focused on their short term wants verses their long term needs. Too many “artists” are focused on their personal feelings instead of handling business. Too many “artists” are more concerned with a few dollars today, instead of developing their brand for the long run revenue generation of tomorrow.ReplyCancel

  • Jen - I love you. Just saw this shared by a photog on Facebook. WAy go to. Bravo! Love it!!! As a freelance writer, I hear it too, and have a the same reaction and response.ReplyCancel

  • Steve at ProPhoto Tech Support - A test comment on your latest post.ReplyCancel

  • Meg - Not to be the naysayer or anything, but just because your specific publication (or company) is part of a larger entity does NOT mean you have the same sort of budget. That is simply NOT the case. Creative departments have been cut around the nation and those staffing them are forced to seek any means necessary; if she had a reasonable budget, she would have simply hired a model. My company is owned by a MASSIVE company, and we ourselves are owned by a subsidiary of that company – which is equally massive – yet we have an abysmal budget for many things we need – like videos and photos.

    Just wanted to put some perspective on it, from the perspective of “Jacqueline”.
    MegReplyCancel

  • Amanda - Serious kudos on this! A friend of mine posted your blog on Facebook cheering you for this – and I immediately had to share the story because I share your sentiments. Yes, I would initially be star struck, but my day job is to be a marketing professional, and this kind of behavior from corporate giants makes me want to headdesk. All. The. Time. I’m glad that more artists are speaking out about this.ReplyCancel

  • Xana - This is pure awesomeness. So honest and genuinely wanting to make the industry a better place for everyone. I’m a new Grad from Communication studies and I’m always thinking working for free will get my work recognized. But after reading this I have so much more confidence in my work. Thank you so much.ReplyCancel

  • Everardo Keeme Photography - LOVE IT! Sadly while it may not change much it’s not because of the editors or publishers faults (ok well partially) but rather “professional artists” who don’t value their own work, time, blood, sweat, tears and instead would rather be a starving artist and give away their work, all for what… a photo credit? Bahaha I enjoyed this post a lot and am happy to share :) ReplyCancel

  • Mo - Fabulous piece, well said!ReplyCancel

  • Christina - GOOD FOR YOU! I love that you are getting tons of support by people posting on Fit Pregnancy’s FB wall!

    I just had Shari’s Berries contact me with a similar ploy, “we want you to do a specific post with x,y and z requirements” oh and lucky me, Shari’s Berries people will choose a few fortunate bloggers who will have their posts “shared on social media”!! OMG! That’s totally going to help me pay the extra ins. premiums this month due to them increasing by 225% due to obamacare kicking in! Thank you SO MUCH, Shari’s Berries! Awesome offer. NOT.

    Hope you get some great paying gigs from this “slap in the face” from Fit Pregnancy! Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy Bilodeau - This is a great response to an all to familiar problem. I applaude you on standing your ground and filling everyone one in on the cheap trick they are trying to play. It’s people like you that make this industry what it is. Well Done!ReplyCancel

  • hurley - ive never been prompted to respond to a blog before.. until now.
    YOU ROCK!
    you are my hero this week,maybe even this month…
    this is why i turn down more jobs than i take..this attitude of we are doing you a HUGE favor by taking advantage of you..
    and what i do (media consultant) isn’t a creative occupation in the least compared to what u do to make a living, which i wish more people would respect, and step up, and write a check.
    cheers..
    HURLEYReplyCancel

  • Catherine Karnow - Trish,

    I posted and shared on FB this exchange. I am boiling mad too for you, for all of us. The language this Jacqueline uses is just…my face is turning red as I write. She wants to “reach out.” Oh how damn touchey feeley. She is doing you such a huge favour, Trish! The whole photo community (whatever that means) needs to see this. This is all too common and this is in some ways just another banal occurrence, banal only because it is so every day, but you know, it it like everything else. One day, a black woman says I am not sitting in the back of the bus anymore. I want your posting to “go viral.” And this business about, everyone else is so excited to get a credit. WTF?
    Anyway, good for you, for posting the whole exchange and “outing” them. They are fools. GRRRRRRRRRRR!ReplyCancel

  • Christopher Cudworth - Good post. I may reblog to one of my blogs. With credit, of course.ReplyCancel

  • Robin Black - As a fellow photographer (landscape/nature in my case), I share your frustration over this–I’ve lost count of the number of solicitations I’ve gotten from publications large and small who want to use my work for free. It’s maddening and insulting, and it only seems to be getting worse.

    I urge you to sign on to our photographers’ manifesto, eloquently worded by Tony Wu:

    http://photoprofessionals.wordpress.com/ReplyCancel

  • Paul Porter - BRAVO Trish! You’re my new hero.

    Cheers,
    PaulReplyCancel

  • KrisD Mauga - LUV THIS!!! I luv how you change her name each time:)ReplyCancel

  • Mary - Thank you so much for calling them out. They are making a profit selling their magazines yet don’t want to pay anyone for their content anymore… So sad.ReplyCancel

  • Brian Mays - I forgot to add a resource I recommend. http://www.nospec.com. It deals with this very thing.ReplyCancel

  • Brian Mays - This is great advice for creatives of any field. I love Harlan Ellison’s salty response.

    If there is one other thing I would add to what you’ve posted it would be this: Creatives, beware of potential clients offering you a promise of more work if it’s available. This is another form of flattery, and a little bit of a scare tactic too. If you invest time in these and they don’t pan out you’ve missed the opportunities out there with people who already value your work.ReplyCancel

  • gwendolyn alley - Thank you for calling attention to this practice. As a writer, and as a poet, I feel your pain.ReplyCancel

  • Brian Molyneaux - You are brilliant. That is all. Thanks.

    BrianReplyCancel

  • Jacqueline Haessly - Great collection of posts.
    Great analysis, too.

    I still remember when a wise woman encouraged me to add a few words to my conversations with people interested in offering one or more of my workshops on Peacemaking.
    She taught me to say “And my fee is_____!”

    I like the comment by Arlo Guthrie, too.

    When asked to sing for free for an up-coming conference, he said, “My fee is ____!” To which the concert sponsors replied, “But it is for a good cause!”, to which Arlo replied, “I do not sing for bad causes, and my fee is _____!”

    Important to value ones own work.

    Peace, JackieReplyCancel

  • Jacques - Good for you Trish. To many photographers give away their work for free. This is damaging for our industry because there are really good photographers that give their work away and then these publishers expect from everyone. One way or another they will get a good photo and not pay for it. Then these guys ask why cant they make it and thinking the credit will open doors but as you said, it does little. Nobody look who is the photographer.ReplyCancel

  • Heather - Hi Trish,

    I’m sure you’ve been deluged with messages about this, but I just wanted to add mine to the pile and say great post. I wrote a post about the same issue on my blog a few months ago but it’s nowhere near as witty as yours: http://2summers.net/2013/10/31/my-photos-arent-free/

    This issue is so infuriating and frustrating, but hopefully if people like us keep talking about it, other people will start to listen.

    Well done and good luck,
    HeatherReplyCancel

  • Chris Jensen - What she said…ReplyCancel

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