“Photographer Looking For People to Do Their Job Without Pay”

Some Atlanta-based photographer posted a humorous Craigslist ad on Monday highlighting the fact that people often assume that photographers will be happy to do work for free.

I am a photographer and since people are always looking for free shoots I assume that they must also do their job, or provide their services, for free.

I am looking to hire all types of people to do all sorts of jobs for me, as long as I do not have to pay anything. Just think, you will gain more experience, and I will put the word out for you and let everyone know what wonderful work you do. This opportunity will bring you a ton of unpaid work, but everyone will love you. So if you have a job or service you provide, and will do it for free, please let me know, because I am sure I have work for you and will hire you in a second.

Feel free to email me with the service you can provide, when you can start, and please include references.

I look forward to you free service.


Photographer Looking For People to Do Their Job Without Pay (Atlanta) (via GoingPro)

  • cj

    Hi Spike. I am a photographer and have been for the last 16 years. I don’t do odd jobs, I don’t do anything part time I have a carrier as a photographer and that is how I make all my income. Thats why its called a carrier. Technology has made it easier for people to dabble in taking photos and come out with decent results so they say “I’m a photographer” Thats great. I have a problem with taking real money out of my pocket. This is a true story that happened to me. I bid a job that would have cost about $7,000 to shoot. I spent a couple days to do some research to bid the job accordingly and sent in the bid. I didn’t hear back for a week so I followed up. They said they hired someone else. Thats great thanks for the opportunity. 2 Weeks after I find out from my contact at the company a 25 year old kid at the Apple Store did the job for FREE. Do you see the problem there. How can I compete with free.
    2 things here. The client should know better then use this person of low caliber and the photographer should be charging what it’s worth to make to compete in the market. Him doing it for free tells me he has no experience and is uneducated as a photographer. I want to be paid for the quality I put into my work. Photographers are a group of that try and mix art with business and do stick together as a collective group. We stick together to get the work we deserve and try to keep a level playing field. Photographers study under other photographers so we do have a tight nit community. We owe each other so much and to say other wise tells me your not passionate enough to stand by your work. If you are jump in as a carrier and get paid what your work is worth. Raise your game.

  • ChantelleMoore

    Here’s the prob, hunniebunnies – you need training and a license to be a hair stylist, cosmetologist, doctor, lawyer, accountant, mechanic, plumber, electrician, all the trades and professions. My seven year old daughter has a $39 camera from WalMart. her photos are gorgeous. Try and stop her from taking pictures, my husband has a baseball bat behind his truck seat and you can chat with it.
    All of you “pros” can shut up and get back to work and create products that people want and cannot do for themselves, instead of trying to make sure people stop taking pictures. When your product merits it, you’ll find a market and buyers. In the meantime, get a job.
    My friend Tina photographed 20 or so High School seniors in back of her daycare (her “real” job) last summer, she made about $800 total cash. The full time studio down the street had a problem with that and complained to her. Tina’s husband had a chat with the worm who owns the studio. He basically said to the guy “try and stop her.” He’s quiet now.
    I WILL say – part timers should be aware that the IRS and state tax agencies ARE watching, and as soon as you charge someone, you must begin collecting taxes and paying them, or the one agency that CAN stop you WILL – the tax man.
    Other than that, shoot away, and the last few studios can shove it.

  • Erran Stewart-Photography

    legendary! I love this post!

  • VinnyFromIndy

    There is an ad right now on Indy Craigslist that pays $12.50 per property photographed. The ad offers that each property takes 30 minutes to shoot properly. So, the photographer will spend approx. 30 minutes to the job, 30 minutes at the job, 30 minutes back to the office, 15 to 30 minutes uploading picts. That works out to a couple of bucks per hour and does not even include the gas to and from job. In short, some employer wants you to work for free,

  • VinnyFromIndy

    Quite the little Miss Cranky Pants aren’t we? I find it mildly amusing that you appear to think your husband and his bat can solve your day to day problems. You should know that “keeping it real” with threats of violence can and often does go horribly wrong. Don’t think your hubby is the meanest Billy Badass on the block because he probably isn’t!!!

  • panman

    if you think hiring a professsional is expensive, try hiring an amateur…

  • dallas756

    I understand where this person is coming from and I don’t think it’s meant as an attack at new photographers. Everyone has to start somewhere.

    I think what this poster is getting after is that attitude of expectation. I can relate to that – I work in video production, and while we obviously turn down requests like this, it is still frustrating how hilariously common and frequent they can be. We certainly don’t mind someone nicely asking about shaving a little off the price if they have a tight budget, but I don’t think those are the people this poster is talking about. People offering us $250 for a weeks worth of work. Even if I had a completely different full time job that paid my bills, I’d much rather spend a week’s work of time with my family rather than spend it in front of a computer only to make $250. I love video production but that doesn’t mean I want to spend every second of my life doing it – there are a lot of other things I like to do.

    It’s just sad that that’s the attitude with which people approach hiring art-related industries. Take painting – I appreciate the artistry and talent that goes into a painting, but I just personally do not chose to spend thousands of dollars on one-of-a-kind wall art. It’s just not that important to me personally or something I have great interest in. However, if an artist was selling a painting for $3,000, I would never expect to ask him if I could purchase it for $250 just because his profession isn’t something I take much interest in. And THAT I think is what this poster is annoyed with.

  • dallas756

    lol – I don’t think writing your signature and answering a question are the same as hours of work. The more accurate comparison would be – do we ever ask a lawyer friend to work an entire case start to finish for us pro-bono or have a doctor friend do entire outpatient surgery on us for free? And the answer is no. I’m sure if someone asked her a question about camera settings (similar to asking your lawyer friend a legal question) or asked her to waive a sitting fee is she bought a certain amount of prints (which quite honestly still is a better discount than waiving a $100 office visit), she would gladly do so.

  • rctid_taco

    People generally don’t plumb or practice law for entertainment. You chose a hobby as a career.

  • Glenn Johnson

    The difference between you being a nice guy and what this guy is talking about is that you CHOOSE to do the pro-bono work. And that makes you a nice guy. If you are doing work for clients for free that’s just bad business. An ad agency I work with has a motto: “Quality. Price. Speed. Pick any two”

  • Bruno Lazaro

    I think the point of the writer is: While the plummer, IT nerd, Mechanic, etc gets asked by friends/family to sort their pipes/PC/Car for free; When it comes to photography , Everyone (strangers) thinks that photographers dont have bills to pay and are happy to shoot for free for everyone. The plummer will fix his family’s pipe with a $5 tool. The nerd will reinstall windows on your PC with a $1 pirated CD of windows, and the mechanic will have a look under your bonnet for free to tell you whats wrong. A photographer often has to bring/wear&tear $10000+ worth of equipment to your portrait shoot/wedding whatever, have all that gear handing on neck/shoulders all day, make sure doesn’t lose any important shot, Have insurance to pay for gear, indemnity, public liability. Drive up and down for contracts and consultations, days of editing, etc, etc and its expected to do it for free?… I dont mind some people have no portfolio and shoot for free, I done it myself, Now asking a pro photographer that you never met to work for 40+ hours (shooting+editing+etc) for free its ridiculous, and this is what this post was about.