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Questions about running a photography business. May include topics such as pricing, legal, licensing, contract, or others.

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Should a photographer use a pseudonym when doing two types of photography that might conflict with each other? [closed]

Someone recently suggested to me that if a photographer does, for example, family photography, but wants to branch out to something like boudoir/nude photography, they should use a pseudonym and/or ...
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Is is unreasonable to ask for photo credit to include my website?

The editor of a magazine whose combined print and digital subscribers number roughly 1.5 million approached me asking to use one or two of my photos in one of their articles. They offered $100 USD ...
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Does an animal breeder need to provide a model release for his own animals?

In a shoot that is an assigned-type project, I am being paid to create pictures for the client's website. The models are his own/his friend's animals. To my understanding, in the case of a human model,...
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Is it possible to grant the license of photos before the commissioned shoot?

I'm being commissioned to photograph 10 animals for a breeder of reptiles and I am in the process of making the license. Most license templates I see, include either clear descriptions/titles(what ...
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Estimating project cost when considerable trust-building time is needed?

Imagine I'm starting a photography project with a duration of at least several weeks. I'm trying to estimate a fixed cost for the whole project. As part of this project I'll have to build trust with ...
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Do you need a release form when photographing employees on behalf of their employer?

I'll be undertaking a photography project which involves photographing employees of a small company who are producing a food product using an artisanal process. The photographs will be used on the ...
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If a photoshoot doesn't represent my best work, should I offer to reshoot?

I took family photos yesterday for a family, and while quite a few photos turned out, there were some that didn't. The natural light decreased more quickly than I expected, and some of the photos are ...
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Do I edit before giving a client a choice, or let the client choose and then edit?

I am wondering if I charge per image, do I edit all the photos and then let the client choose or do they choose the ones for me to edit?
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first family photo session [duplicate]

I'm new to family photography, I have no idea what to charge, how long the session should be, and how should I get the photos to the client? It's a family of 5 and she's a co worker of mine. I've done ...
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Should I horizontally flip a client's portrait?

I have a corporate client for whom I did a shoot earlier this week. They complained that all the portraits were of the team members facing the same way and they like to do composite images of the team ...
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Extra venue charges on photographer [closed]

I photographed a wedding with a second shooter (her first time) 2 months ago. At 7pm at the end of the reception my assistant vomited all over the lobby. I received an email this morning that the ...
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What are the Pros and Cons of Photography Business? [closed]

I just started Photography as a hobby but soon I would like to do it as a business but I just wanted to know the pros and cons of it. I would prefer people who doing Photography as a business to put ...
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How can I ensure my clients will get prints from me, without watermarks?

I give my clients their full edited images on CD. How can I ensure that they will print with me and not go elsewhere?
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Is re-branding a risk that a photographer should take early in his hobby/ profession?

I understand this is not a technical question, I hope you don't mind. Following are some vital bits of context as to why I have this dilemma: I have been trying to think of a name for a year already....
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Should I charge a fee to a client who wants to change wedding date?

I have a wedding client who, due to medical reasons, needs to post pone their wedding a year. They paid the deposit, signed a contract. I feel though that by moving their date, I will not be able to ...
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Is gear investment worth it for the freelance photographer? [closed]

I noticed that freelance photographers while spending very different amounts for their gears, all tended to charge to same price for their work. The “professional” gear expenses goes from under $500 ...
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Wedding Photography - Do you charge up front?

I am in the process of setting up a wedding photography business. I have chosen to ask for 50% up front. However I am unsure as to when I should ask for the final installment or whether I should ask ...
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What license or permissions do I need to give my clients when editing photos as a service?

I am considering starting a photo editing business. The idea is that people will email me a picture, I enhance it and fix problems, and email it back to them. In the above scenario, can I advertise ...
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Starting out: how much should I charge for a photoshoot? [duplicate]

I'm in the midst of creating my own small photography business. I've done photoshoots for friends and family, free of charge because I was getting practice. I don't want to overcharge but I don't want ...
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What is the best way to find someone to help critique my work? [duplicate]

I'm a medical student who is looking to submit images to shutterstock and hopefully pay down a little bit of debt. I have my own website but I'm having a hard time finding anyone online to review my ...
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What size and resolution should I make digital files that I am selling to clients?

I am new to the business side of photography and have decided to give clients the option to buy digital files with printing rights. I obviously don't know what sizes the client is going to print these ...
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Why don't event photographers release non-touched up images?

I'm currently looking for an event photographer for my upcoming wedding. It seems that most photographers do not want to release any images that they haven't touched up or edited. On the other hand, ...
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How to explain that the .jpg (digital file) of my photograph isn't free?

since I keep getting asked by different people if I can just send them the digital file to a photo of mine they've seen in the news, I'd like to ask: How do I explain politely that I'm trying to make ...
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How openly should I advertise my packages and prices?

In terms of advertising, how upfront do you advertise and display your rates and prices? A lot of photographers don't have their packages or rates on their websites and you have to inquire to receive ...
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What is a “vendor” from a photographer's point of view?

I have seen things like "paying vendors on time" and "your vendors" talked about by photographers. What is this actually talking about? What is a good example of this?
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Which color for a job interview portrait?

For a job interview portrait, I need to make a picture that reflects leadership, creativity and flexibility. What color or colors should I use? Also, after pick up the color, should I use a tone ...
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Shopping system for event photography [closed]

What are some recommendations for a system that I can sell my photos on? For example I go to an event and take picture and give my card to people who want to see their pictures...then in my site I ...
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Can I take pictures at Little League game without official permission or payment?

If I take pictures of my kids and their team mates at a little league or youth sporting event and other parents want to buy pictures from me, can the organization that is holding the event force me to ...
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I was asked to design a calendar using my photos, what do I charge for the “art fee” for 12 photos, should my name and copyright be included?

Last year, and for the first time, I tried creating and selling calendars featuring my photography. They turned out pretty good but in the end I spent too much time on choosing the photos, the actual ...
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Marathon & Sports Event Photographers: Are they freelance or agency/company-related?

I am currently doing my research on marathon and sports event photography. I am looking at photo services such as finisherpix.com and marathon-photos.com. Are the photographers taking photos for these ...
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Billing for international travel work days

I'm putting together a proposal for a client to pitch to their boss, and I need to come up with a per diem fee. I can't decide on a method for generating a per diem. At this point, I don't know how ...
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Where can I buy high quality greetings cards blanks in the UK?

OK - This is not STRICTLY a photography question, however it is related to the act of selling photography - feel free to move / close (there is not arts & crafts stack as yet) I am looking into ...
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If you are shooting a movie/photo (non-profit or profit) with a willing person, should you get a contract signed from him/her?

I was wondering should you get a contract signed from the person who is interested in participating in the shooting as a subject.
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Are there any photographers' agents in the UK midlands (not London)? [closed]

I'm currently looking for a Photographers' Agent and live in the UK midlands. All of the agents I have found seem to be in London. Should any of them be interested in my work they would probably wish ...
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I keep getting asked to do wedding photography - what is a fair price to ask?

This may sound like a silly post...but, I need some "outside" opinion from people who know what they are doing. I took up amateur photography as a hobby a couple of years ago...most of it being ...
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What is the recommended pratice for publishing a photo subject's name in a caption, from public event, with or without release?

Additional question associated to this topic regarding photo releases at a public event ... What is the recommended practice regarding captions that could include a child's name (minor, under the age ...
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How to handle existing gear if you start your own business from financial site? [closed]

I am planning to open my own studio this year. As I purchased a lot of stuff in the past years, all the pro camera, lens, lighting gear, etc. I do not need to buy a lot of stuff to open my business. ...
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Wedding photography business website software [duplicate]

I have been running my own wedding photography business for a couple of months. One thing I'm struggling with is how to create my website so that clients can purchase packages and photos from me. I ...
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As a documentary photographer, do you pay people you photograph?

I wonder if there is a best practice or rule to handle the payment of people you photograph for documentary purpose. Especially extreme cases like, e.g. a child living on the street.
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How do I approach bricks and mortar galleries to sell my photography?

After setting up an online gallery to sell my artwork I was thinking of approaching photography galleries in London to sell the artwork. Now the problem is I have never approached a "real world" ...
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How can I find and hire an intern for website-specific photography?

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 ...
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Is it worth submitting photography/artwork to online galleries?

After recently releasing my own gallery of artwork, I was wondering business wise whether or not to start submitting my photography/artwork to online galleries such as Etsy and EBay's art shop. The ...
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What type of photography sells well to business?

My question is really aimed at anyone who has an opinion or has experience selling prints to business. I focus mainly on urban landscape photography in London and want to focus on selling my framed ...
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How/where do 'local' newspapers get their images?

I was wondering how regional and local (i.e. smaller papers without in-house photographers) newspapers get their images, for example of an event or award ceremony? I have never seen a paper here in ...
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How to become a camera dealer for Canon/Nikon? [closed]

I have a small studio. I want to sell DSLR cameras. What criteria is there to become an authorized camera dealer for companies like Canon, Nikon?
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Question about selling (licensing) my photos (stock sites vs my own website)

I am hobbyist photographer and take different types of photos such as landscapes, architectural photographs, historical sites, fireworks, food and utensil photographs and abstract and experimental ...
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Who takes the photos for Groupon?

I'm very inspired by Groupon's photography from all their advertisers. They are very clean, professional and elegant. How do they create such a personal photo for a business's advertisement? Do they ...
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How to manage model information?

I am hobby photographer shooting people. Most of my communication with models is done by email but I found impossible for me to effectively manage my models. I need to somehow keep track of: What ...
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How could I make the most money from a sensationalist picture?

Assume I, a photography amateur, took a really sensationalist picture (or small video) for which exists really high demand immediately. Assume virtuall all media companies are really eager to buy my ...
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Other than stock photographs, how can I have my photography fund itself? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the best way for a hobbyist to start generating income from photos? I am an amateur photographer. I have been learning photography seriously for quite some time now ...