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A few weeks ago, I was perusing my Facebook newsfeed as I usually do first thing in the morning, a cup of hot coffee in one hand, a computer mouse in the other, when I happened upon a post that stopped me dead in my tracks.

“Hey, everyone! I need a photographer to take some professional photos of me. I won’t pay you, but I have connections, so I’m a good person to have in your court, if you know what I mean. I could definitely open some doors for you.” 

I read it the first time, and then rubbed the sleep out of my eyes and read it again. And then, still unable to fully comprehend the meaning, I diagrammed it, like we used to do in high school English class, and read it again.

diagram

I won’t pay you, but I have connections.

Here’s a guy who, by his own accounts, is influential enough to open doors for you, yet not willing to PAY for professional photographs. Talk about red flags. The request almost has a meet-me-on-the-casting-couch kind of feel to it. I wanted to disinfect my computer screen with Lysol after reading the status, and I expected the request to be met with responses ranging from “Is this a joke?” to people telling him where he could put those “connections.” And yet, other than a little chiding, the responses were tame. In fact, he even got a taker.

And it made me wonder what it says about the state of the photography industry today when the public is openly advertising for photographers willing to give them their images for free. What is up with that?  These requests are popping up everywhere and are as unwelcome as a pimple on prom night.

craigslistCase in point: Craigslist. We all know that Craigslist is brimming with photographers searching for models who will work for no more than a CD of images, but now we are finding individuals and couples requesting a photographer who is willing to give them free images. The circumstances vary, but it usually goes a little something like this:

“Getting married in <insert month here> and we want pictures, but we really don’t want to spend any money on them. So, we are looking for someone who will photograph our wedding basically for free and give us all the images. We have Photoshop Elements, so we can do whatever needs to be done to them afterward. We would be a great couple to practice on if you are just starting out and you could get photos for your portfolio too.”

Now, this is bad enough when one photographer willing to work for FREE responds to the advertisement, but what happens when more than one photographer responds? What then? Does the wedding couple say, “Okay, we’re having a hard time making up our mind as to which FREE photographer to go with. You each have presented some really nice portfolios and we are just torn. Is there something else you could throw in to help sweeten the deal? A free engagement session? A free album? A free couple’s massage? Something that would convince us to choose YOUR free photos? ” 

photogSounds kind of ridiculous, right? And yet, you know this happens. And it happens, because photographers say “yes” to working for free. It is like an artists’ curse, isn’t it? As photographers, we love what we do and we love sharing what we do, but, I’ve got to tell ya, when we give away our work, it cheapens it. Devalues it, even.

And they will try every which way, those individuals intent on convincing you why they should not pay:

“Oh come on, I just need a quick snapshot. It will only take five minutes and I will send a lot of business your way via referrals.” 

“We won’t pay for it, but this image is going to be seen by a lot of people. It will be great for your career.”

“You’ll get a photo credit.”

“But, but…I’m your mom!” (Totally kidding on this last one. Don’t ever charge your mom. You hand her a bill and she’ll turn around and hand you one in return for services rendered and trust me, you won’t be able to afford it.)

And it makes me wonder if this is happening in other areas of business. I recently took my car in for an oil change and a tire rotation. Really, really basic stuff. It took the mechanics maybe twenty minutes to complete those tasks. They do it all day, every day. Do you think anyone asks them if they would complete that quick service for FREE? I could insist that I would refer them to everyone I meet for the next five years and they would still hand me a bill for $49.95. And then laugh at me when I left.

Thankfully, there’s a way to prevent this from happening. Are you ready? You might want to grab a paper and pen to write this down so you don’t forget….

stopsignStop working for free.

Here, let me say it again:

STOP WORKING FOR FREE.

And once again, just for effect:

STOP WORKING FOR FREE!

Now, I am not talking about charitable giving or community based projects in which you are donating your time and talent toward a greater good, nor am I talking about a valued client for whom you would like to do someting special. I am talking about people who do not appreciate what you do and therefore, ask you to do it for free. Because that’s really what it boils down to, isn’t it?

Those who appreciate and respect what you do won’t ask you to do it for free. And if someone doesn’t respect and appreciate your work, why would you WANT to do it for free?

As for our friend from the beginning of the article, I don’t think he ever got those professional photographs taken. In spite of speaking with a photographer and making what appeared to be tentative plans, it never happened.  How do I know this? He took to Facebook a couple of days later to publicly reprimand the photographer for a lack of professionalism in not accommodating his request for a free session and photos.

‘Nuff said.


Image credits: A thin gauge coaster brake ball bearing retainer that failed by dno1967b, Wedding photographer by Stefan Leijon, two stop signs by shooting brooklyn


 
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  • ChantelleMoore

    If you check with the trade organization PPA, the average pro photog makes about $25,000 a year. (McDonalds swing shift manager makes more and gets insurance and works half the hours.) If you then add in the “part timers”, (most of whom do not pay sales tax or report their income, but some do), then the average of ALL reporting photogs is $11,000 a year. If you’re a pro photog working 40 hours a week for $25,000 or less, get a paper route. You can still have your hobby and maybe the spouse who never sees you since you’re hunkered over photoshop (wasting time making pictures no one buys), well, maybe that spouse will stop having affairs behind your back.

  • Bill Binns

    Well, I take lots of bad photos too and I knew there would be bad photos on the cards but I wanted to do the selection and post. I also wanted some photos immediately to send out before we left on our honeymoon.

    I think the exisiting business model for pro photographers (or maybe just wedding photographers) is getting pretty dated. I can pay just about any other professional for their time and own the work they produce during that time outright. Why is it different for photographers?

  • OllyOlly OxenFree

    Word… I like the one where the guy posts under a fake name then doesn’t show up.

  • Lucifer

    People in hell want ice water, too.

  • Bill Binns

    Maybe… but the guy found someone to do the work right? Presumably, whomever decided to take the shots was happy with the deal (the guy was very clear about not paying) and the guy that ran the ad got what he wanted. Is there a victim here? Did someone get screwed?

    If there is a victim, it would be the hypothetical photographer the guy would have paid to do the shoot if he had not found someone to do it for free. If that’s the case then the person who worked for free is just as “guilty” as the guy that ran the ad.

    I wonder if professional movers have as much rage towards someone who owns a pickup truck and helps his buddy move?

  • OllyOlly OxenFree

    LOL… I thought the main difference with a prostitute was that they don’t kiss…

  • OllyOlly OxenFree

    Eloquent, but I’ll bet he’s given no thought to all the unpaid interns who have served his interests…..

  • OllyOlly OxenFree

    How does pursuing photography as an art form…. And creating art…. Devalue my talent?
    Here’s my fantasy: I spend the next couple of years shooting what I want to shoot…. Art. Good art. Fine art?
    Then I rent a booth at an art fair and chill for the weekend… Shades on, beer in-hand, feet up… And sometimes talk to people about my art, or other photographers about photography (my favorite subject)…. And who knows? Maybe even sell a picture? Maybe get really lucky and sell enough to cover my costs for the weekend at the fair?
    And the final result? I go home knowing that someone likes my work enough to want to hang it in their home, and someone has a work of art in their home that they enjoy…. To me, the only way you can cheapen that is to argue about the money.
    You obviously have enough demand for your work that you had to decide to only do work for those who pay. The fact that you call yourself a designer suggests you have chosen that as your full-time profession. If people ask you what you “do”, you say “designer”…
    But for people like me, I don’t have so much demand that I have to sort it that way (thank goodness), and I already have a profession. When people ask me what I do, I say I run the maintenance departments for large commercial facilities…. And I say it proudly. I don’t mention photography unless someone asks me about my hobbies.
    Again, I don’t see how I cheapen my talent or the craft in any way. In fact, I’d say I honor both far more than those who insist that money is the important factor.
    “Art as expression.
    Not as market campaigns.
    Will still capture our imaginations.”
    Rush ~ Natural Science

  • Chris Pickrell

    But, what about the weekend warriors who have a REAL job and don’t want to make money off their “art” because they do it for the pure joy of art?

  • Stypica

    replace “photographer” with “graphic artist” and you sound like what my wife has been saying for years. You can swap it out for any artistic job, really. :(

  • BDWT

    Alias, it’s too bad you didn’t understand what I was trying to say. Let me try with another purely hypothetical example; say you receive a phone call one day to go shoot a band for no pay and you turn it down. Okay, that’s fine you don’t have to say yes. But what if (in this hypothetical scenario) that band was someone big like the Rolling Stones or Black Keys but you still wouldn’t be paid because the gig was for a small internet blog that had no funding but good enough connections that they could actually setup this scenario, would you still say no? You need to look on the bright side of things. No it might not be a paying gig but will you produce photos that you can then add to your portfolio? Will you see it as an opportunity to meet music agents, managers and establish a new work relationship that may lead to future paying jobs? (And before you snap back at me saying that a scenario like this would never happen, it does, all the time, I even assisted on a shoot like this recently and as I result I made some new contacts and got a paid gig less than a week later) The photo industry is changing, it’s becoming an over saturated market and everyday there’s thousands of talented newcomers that are undercutting pros left and right. If you are an active, working photographer I shouldn’t have to remind you that negativity doesn’t lead to good things.

    Sincerely
    -My thick skull

  • Rob S

    If you buy a cabinet from a craftsman you dont get any of the scrap wood. You also dont know if you got delivered version 1.0 or 4.0. Same with a cake. My wife has made cakes and sometimes that means we have a cake too because she made a “beta” version. Tasted fine to me!

    My printer – White House Custom Color – once sent me a stack of images that ended up being mounted wrong along with the correct ones. Had they not sent them to me I would never have known that the ones I got were v2.0. I really appreciated both their honestly and the fact that there were not a bunch of my prints badly mounted out in the wild but the point is that with a real professional you rarely know about what didnt work on the job.

    I can understand what you wanted but its a bit like a heart surgeon saying “Look Doc, we are both surgeons so just get the valve right and Ill close up myself and do my own post op.”

  • Rob S

    I agree. As I said above if you are willing to “work” with someone who is so unethical they are willing to trade their “connections” for free stuff then you get what is coming to you.

  • Ashton Christie

    He probably knows photog’s just not any dumb enough to work for free!!

  • William Wolffe

    I think that any photographer that works for any of this individuals requesting work for free it’s not the photographer that can ask anyone for money for his work. Meaning with this, people that has scarce to none experience and need to practice in a real life situation. The Employers are gambling because they can get someone who has a slight Idea of what he’s doing or a total mess that will screw up their wedding (or any other situation) pictures.

    I think as well that, this kind of client is not interested in a serious photographer, and vice versa.

    I think it would be dishonest by a new photographer to charge money and not deliver a quality product (or not being sure if their up to par).

    I think that this post is quite a whine and I think that people is entitled to ask or work for free, and let the free market and each individual be responsible of their income/expenses.

  • Karen McHale

    Hello, may I introduce you to the point? I was being sarcastic.

  • http://www.intensitystudios.com/ Antonio Carrasco

    Or don’t show up at all.

  • http://www.intensitystudios.com/ Antonio Carrasco

    Your argument holds no water.

    First, I don’t know what planet you live on, but if I ask my friends to change my oil for free, they would look at me like I am crazy.

    Second, when someone just wants basic headshots like this, it’s either done right or done wrong. There’s not a lot of room for creativity or differentiation from the competition.

    So the old tired argument of just be better than the competition really doesn’t work here.

  • http://www.intensitystudios.com/ Antonio Carrasco

    Yeah, anyone that “has connections” but doesn’t “have any money” is full of sh#t

  • http://www.intensitystudios.com/ Antonio Carrasco

    FAIL…

    It’s one thing to set up a shoot with models where you have creative control and can really make some art.

    It’s a totally different concept for some random doofus to request free headshots from random people on the internets.

  • http://www.intensitystudios.com/ Antonio Carrasco

    FAIL FAIL FAIL

    You want to create beautiful photos. Having someone pay you for your work is the ultimate form of complimenting you on your photography.

    Also, your exact mindset is why there are a lot of great photographers not working right now.

  • http://www.intensitystudios.com/ Antonio Carrasco

    doooood,

    It’s not being “all about the money” or being greedy. It’s about being able to support yourself as an adult. It’s about being able to at least recoup SOME of the money you’ve spent on that shiny new DSLR and those beautiful lenses with “great bokeh”, it’s about self-respect and self-worth. It’s about gas money to get to your photo shoot location.

  • http://www.intensitystudios.com/ Antonio Carrasco

    Yeah when you sign up for art school at several thousands of dollars a year, they don’t tell you that you’re going to be competing for unpaid or extremely low paid jobs when you get out and all those student loans are going be ready to get paid back at that point.

  • OllyOlly OxenFree

    Why can’t the “benefit” be the simple gratification of making people happy, and the pleasure of pursuing photography as an artform?

  • OllyOlly OxenFree

    No money could have been a comparative reward to the mother who started crying when I showed her the 20×30 color print I made of her family standing in a river (I think it’s on my site). I never asked for a dime. I spent all day with her family shooting them. I did the print at my expense. I may never see her again, I don’t know. But she cried… I wouldn’t trade that for money. Joy, sincere gratitude, shock at how beautiful I made them look, newfound confidence they thought they’d never have…. is the ultimate form of complimenting me. And the great photographers who are out of work aren’t so because of a few newbies. They are out of work because they aren’t successful in selling whatever it is they offer, or are failing to offer people what they want. There are way too many photographers who make over $200,000 a year for me to allow such an ignorant (or dishonest) statement to go unchecked. And if you aren’t getting work and are blaming newbies, then you might want to ask yourself why a bunch of people who don’t know HALF of what you (think) you know are keeping you from being successful.

  • OllyOlly OxenFree

    Sorry, but you’re wrong. I’ve shot a few weddings for free, had a blast, and they loved the pics. It’s a gift I could give freely that would be of great value to the couple. I don’t think your pictures diminish in value because you are paid, but to go out and shoot what we don’t want to shoot just for the money diminishes our motivation to shoot, and that is the key to why I decided NOT to shoot for money. And yes, there are people who paying for a photographer would be a hardship. The first wedding I ever shot was a couple who didn’t have a pot to pee in, and had to take up a collection to pay the church. Their reception was a potluck, held in a parents backyard.

  • OllyOlly OxenFree

    Ignore people who say there’s only one way to do things. It flies in the face of the myriad of success stories we all know.

  • OllyOlly OxenFree

    Awesome rebuttal. Really makes me think. Thank you.

  • OllyOlly OxenFree

    I’ve given away quite a bit of my work. 8×10′s matted and framed. 20×30′s. All done at my own expense. And they are hanging in peoples homes. They are called gifts, and I enjoy being able to give them. You, sir, also ” did work for free/cheap or for the infamous favor to be named later.”, so to council the person who is exactly who you were then that did those things that helped get you where you are now seems like you are telling them not to do exactly what worked for you…. I don’t get that at all.

  • Leo

    Great article, STOP WORKING FOR FREE!!!

  • a

    Enough Interned for me today, this pissed me of more than it should have.

  • Sarah BK

    Indeed – that’s it. And that is my point really – some people don’t view it as work, and so don’t charge. I’m one of them :)

    Though, as I’ve said previously (to someone else I believe), I don’t simply accept any offer that’s put at me, like I would have been forced to do had it been my only income. I have to want to take the photos I’m requested to take – I must feel there is an opportunity that will allow me to learn, to experiment and enjoy myself and the resulting product :) For me, that would be all I’m after.

    I guess then this article is aimed at those who will do duties which a professional photographer would do, for free – where the primary and main aim of the photo session would be to satisfy the customer, not him or herself as the photographer :) (Of course, the photographer can enjoy it!)

  • Sarah BK

    I definitely agree with you there, Casey. This in fact the reason why I share my work with people on the internet, and openly accept critiques – and I WANT to know what is wrong as well as what is right. However there is a limit to how valuable it can be. Critiques from paying customers means I will have to focus on learning how to achieve what they want and what they want to convey – so it’s not really the technicality, but more about the vision they want you to convey for them that they will critique you about. Photography as I wish to continue pursuing it is really about conveying my thoughts – I would like technical feedback as to how I could have conveyed MY message better by means of better use of my camera, but ultimately nobody is paying me to do this so how they look at my work is not of the same value to them.

    The good photographers (I won’t say professional because not all good photographers get paid for their awesome work) won’t be the ones who will need to commission a photographer and give feedback. Most often, they are too busy with their own work, art and lives so I can never quite get the experienced technical feedback I need to continue improving either on the work I share online.
    The most I can do is to observe and teach myself what it is that makes their work good…

    I am indeed photographing for that reason :) Well, that’s a good question you ask there. The real answer is – I’m not quite sure. Making it physical gives it a different value, true. I guess that would be all up to the artist – whether the artist creates art as their sole income or not, how much their work is wanted, any materials used (if we’re talking about art mediums like paints, canvas and such, or in the case of photographs the print paper and ink). But I really have no fixed thoughts about it yet…

  • Sarah BK

    Well if it is their only income, a big portion of it has to be about the money, and even more so about the business aspect.

    Which is in fact another reason why I don’t feel I could charge for something I intentionally (key word) want to take photos of – I don’t want it to be at the back of my mind, knowing I’m doing something for the money. I want to be free to express myself, while having photos which can be given to the people who equally played a part in allowing me to get those photos!

    It’s a stress free hobby to me…

  • Sarah BK

    I wouldn’t make every point of mine start with that line, no. I intentionally started that paragraph with that for a reason. Maybe you too should start understanding the complexities behind the reasons why people say things – I put a lot of thought and time into these comments :) (Just take a look at every single person, most likely professionals, who have replied to my comment – almost all have criticized me about me taking photos for no payment and assuming I want to go professional, without starting off by understanding and accepting my objectives).

    I think it’s a fact that has to be accepted – everyone can have a camera and everyone is free to take photos and do what they like with whatever their aims…
    You can equally go to a friend of yours for medical advice in the future, which can be given to you for free. Should I, as a future doctor, write an article about how I don’t like the pressure people are putting on my chances of having patients? Or not to use the internet (let’s pretend the internet is a fully reliable source) but always go to a doctor? That’s a little silly isn’t it. (Of course there is the added problem that bad advice can kill, but bad photos/service won’t). In the end, they choose what to do and who to ask, but they cannot get angry at their friend for providing the wrong advice if something goes wrong. If they were so concerned, they should have gone up to the right person. Just like the selfish person described in the article – guaranteed good results come with a fee :) That’s why professions exist after all, but we cannot get rid of others who attempt to do similar things on different levels…

    You’re a bit off, at least for my opinion. From what I’ve observed from professionals, is that they have a hard time accepting the fact that yes, there are people who do enjoy taking photos for no cash, and are willing to earn money in other ways to afford that equipment to satisfy other needs, theirs and even others.
    But you must admit that even though professionals don’t only do it for the money, it does fill up quite a percentage of the final satisfaction of doing what they do. It’s only natural (and good of course!!!) to enjoy the work you do, otherwise you wouldn’t do it! But having money to buy food and live in a building also gives satisfaction, which must be added to the equation. This is why people say that professionals ‘only care about the money’. It does take away from the pure value of enjoyment photography can give, whatever the individual percentage. Just like those who do voluntary work… it usually means something more special. Ever gave a thought as to why?

    That’s nice of you to apologize – I really do appreciate it :)
    But really, everyone forms their own impressions and you and I cannot live our lives solely based on what others might think about the actions you and I perform – of course within certain limits. Should I never take photos of a friend of mine for free, just because she might think another photographer would do the same (since photoshoots are something that is done by a professional)?

    Yes that is quite sad, though. I deviated slightly from the main point of this article because I wanted to get my point across too, as this is not the first time a professional has started chaos by saying amateurs cannot do what professionals do because the amateurs don’t charge and they do. Getting someone to bring out their vision, and not the photographer’s, has to provide some other value if not the photographers’ values. But it’s up to people to rack their brains and choose wisely in the end…

  • Sarah BK

    Thank you for thinking I ‘FAILed’. That sounds really mature :)

    If you bothered not to be a ‘doofos’, you would have bothered to read what I’ve already also said on the ‘internets’, well actually on this very thread.

    Let me repeat for your sake, however. I said I would only take photos of subjects I want to take photos of, even if the shoot falls under a photo-shoot which could be carried out by a professional who would charge. This is because I would find much value in what I would be doing, with aims towards capturing my thoughts, and experimenting and learning about different lighting and various subjects, which would make me feel bad for charging any money since I never planned to do it for payment.

  • Sarah BK

    Oh Lord, another comment where you didn’t bother to read what I’ve already said. Won’t bother with you on this one, Mr. FAIL. Read my other comments, then say something of proper value like others have done.

  • http://www.intensitystudios.com/ Antonio Carrasco

    What is so terrible about getting paid for your work? You should really try it. It’s not such an awful feeling getting a check at the end a hard day’s work!

    All that wishy-washy BS about only doing the work that seems fun to you or accepting payment in tears for a family portrait session is hilariously naive.

    Check it out:
    You can do fun projects AND get paid

    You can brush up on lighting techniques AND get paid
    You can make photos that bring people to tears AND get paid

    If you earn some money then you can also help pay for that expensive equipment that you use to shoot these fun projects. If you earn some money then it can fund your next creative non-commercial project.

  • http://www.intensitystudios.com/ Antonio Carrasco

    blah blah blah… spoken like every noob that is unsecure about their own self worth. Eventually you learn all of the camera settings, exposure tricks, lighting, etc. Eventually, like every other task that a human learns, repeats many times and then masters, it becomes less and less exciting.

    Then what? You can either put the camera in a closet and forget about it or you can then finally realize that your time and skills have value. But then it will be too late because you have earned a reputation as * that free photographer *. Also you have helped to put a couple of local guys out of work because it’s impossible to compete with someone who has skills and works for free.

  • OllyOlly OxenFree

    Ditto. And I agree if it’s their only source of income. My criticism of them was due to their telling you are wrong (or FAIL) for having a different agenda. Who are they to say what agenda is the right one and which one is the wrong one. Who are they to say we FAIL? It’s like me telling a girl she needs to wear more masculine clothes because she looks like a sissy.

  • OllyOlly OxenFree

    Maybe he FAILED reading class….?

  • Sarah BK

    Indeed :)

  • Sarah BK

    And vocabulary class… and manners class. Possibly even that life lesson which teaches how a decent discussion goes, and how childish facebook rants should be left on facebook.

  • OllyOlly OxenFree

    I’ve earned money doing photography plenty of times. I got to the point I wouldn’t even consider a wedding for under $1,000, and I got what I asked for. I work in a building with over 1,200 people and most of them know I shoot all kinds of stuff, and word was spreading fast and people were asking for pricing on various jobs. I took some and referred others to other photographers. Eventually I referred everything to other photog’s. I lost interest in shooting for money. Plain and simple. Your view of things is indicative of your youth, in that you only see the world through your eyes, and put everything in your context (and get frustrated when people don’t see things your way). You sound a lot like my 23 year old son. I used to think and sound like you for about 20 years, as a tradesperson, then as a mechanic, and for a short time as a photographer. Now, I go to my day job and get paid very well to be very good at being the manager I am, and on my own time I build things, repair things, and take photos of things, and I don’t charge my friends. My energy and skills are my gift to share with others, and it makes me genuinely happy. I hope one day you’ll understand. Until then I wish you the best of luck in your endeavors. May you get everything you wish for.

  • Sarah BK

    Thanks for teaching me how learning happens. You know, we don’t learn these things in Med school! (Since I doubt your intellectual ability, this is called sarcasm. Google if if you don’t know what it means). However, I must COMPLETELY disagree with you. Once you master something it gets boring? Really?! Go say that to the best guitarist in the world. Go say that to best painter you know. Bet they still paint, and will continue painting. Why? Because not only does it remain exciting, but because one continues learning, and finds way to use what they have mastered in different ways, and to continuously improve on it. (In your case, it shows your learning has stopped. But evidently, you’re the exception).

    Value isn’t all about the money – if this is the case for you, I feel really sorry for you. Let me tell you something – there’s so much more to life out there. Making someone smile, taking photos in itself, getting feedback from even the people who don’t understand as much as you do (this last bit is sarcastic also) makes ME feel happy. I will never stop taking photos, because it is a journey which will continuously provide me with lessons and experiences, beyond camera settings. Leads me to encountering new people, making new friends. That’s something I love.

    I’m glad I’m actually know as “the girl who loves photography” :) Maybe it’s because my country differs much from yours, and we’re a population where everyone knows everyone (that, or you just hang around really weird people).
    Well, I’m sorry then. If I am truly skilled (I see you’ve acknowledged I’ve got skill – now isn’t that nice of you!) and will continue to take photos for friends and one-time opportunities for free, that is my choice. I find value in what I do which goes beyond cash, and the equipment I own was bought with the intention of fulfilling my hobby, not to satisfy others. So happens other people make really good subjects, and my subjects like the photos!
    I would personally rather be stress free, reach MY goals (because that is my primary aim – why should someone pay me for MY vision?) without all the forced deadlines and business details to tear my hair over.

    Accept it, ‘noob’.

  • OllyOlly OxenFree

    “First, I don’t know what planet you live on, but if I ask my friends to change my oil for free, they would look at me like I am crazy.” – Well then they don’t sound like very good friends.

    “Second, when someone just wants basic headshots like this, it’s either done right or done wrong. There’s not a lot of room for creativity or differentiation from the competition.” – So are you saying that your work looks exactly like everyone elses?

    “So the old tired argument of just be better than the competition really doesn’t work here.” – I think most people would agree that that “tired old argument” is “Capitalism 101″.

  • OllyOlly OxenFree

    By the way, I checked out your website. You do great work. I see you are a very busy person and are trying to make photography your claim to fame. Best of luck to you. But that doesn’t mean your opinion is the only valid one.

  • Josh

    Heck I might possibly agree to do this for someone. Show up with all my equipment, set the lighting, the backdrop get it perfect and have the subject come in create the portraits and then show him how awesome they are. THEN – ERASE the card and pack up my gear and leave. Then again, I probably wouldn’t even want to waste my time enough to create such a prank on this prick.

  • Guest

    Well before you went off on your feel-good tangent, the original gist of this post was about some douchebag on Facebook looking for someone to take his headshots for free. And he makes up some BS about having connections and how working for free will be great for a photographer.

    If you’re even a remotely a good photographer, you will hear this same spiel every single day, over and over and over.

  • Sarah BK

    Really? Again, I must THANK YOU for telling me what the article is about. Not like I cannot read an article and stuff…

    I don’t even have to be a photographer to hear this sort of thing. Anyone with functioning eyes (and ears if it’s a live conversation) can.