I've built a fairly high ranking site on Google and am planning to expand it this year. I would like to have an exclusive photographer, but would like a trial period with someone before I consider a hire (as our tastes may differ, or their photos may not sit well with my readers and clients). Upon thinking about this, a young photographer looking to build a client list and a reference or two would probably be best, as he/she could intern while I evaluate their work. For those familiar with the process, a few questions:
Where is a good place to find entry-level photographers, trying to gain a client list and references, outside of posting on a college or high school board?
How to contracts typically work for photographers? I'll explain: if I like the photographer's work, I'll want to keep them on board - I'm curious as to how photographers are paid (hourly, per project, etc).