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From experience I'd advise that you should not explain anything (politely or otherwise) when it comes to people wanting you to work for free. Explaining things just gets you into a situation where people (usually people who want everything for free) take it as an invitation to challenge your position regarding payment and licencing which will waste your ...


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You have, as a professional, received a request from a potential customer. The response from you should be a written quotation stating your price and other commercial terms.


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If the lighting was asymmetrical and consistent between shots, then the lighting will be flipped as well and this might easily make the shot look simply awful or so awful its funny. This may not be appropriate for their brand.


33

Event photographers are generally in the business of selling prints, not just snapping photos. They want to sell you the best images they can make, not the raw material for making those images. There may also be some concern that their name will be attached to images that they didn't entirely control: they don't want to be associated with your questionable ...


30

There are no hard and fast rules in art. You are free to follow your heart. If flipping some of the images assists in the symmetry of the final presentation, then go for it! Few if any will recognize their image was flipped. After all, they see a flipped image when they shave or put on makeup. Yes, the dressing, shaving, and makeup image in the mirror is ...


30

Instead of asking us, perhaps you should be asking your client what they would prefer. They're the ones paying you for your services. Be direct with them and tell them the light died faster than you expected and it affected the quality of the photos taken near the end of the session. Give them several options as to how to proceed from the following ...


25

I'd rather not just let the photographer pick the X images that he/she thinks are best to edit and deliver because he/she won't have the same opinion as me as to which images are the best. But you let him pick what equipment he uses, the settings of the camera, the lens, where he points the camera, when he takes an image, etc. It's odd pay somebody to do ...


24

Because unedited / unretouched images do not represent the photographers' best efforts. A wedding photographer is not somebody hired to use an expensive point-and-shoot. The shots they take require editing because there is more information in the RAW file (digital negative) than can be represented in any JPEG image. It's part of the creative process to push/...


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What I did in the end Thank you all for your suggestions and advice. You all really helped me decide what to do. Just to clarify, I wasn't aware that they wanted this before the shoot and they were very happy with the photos, they just wanted some taken from the opposite angle (with the subject turned to the right rather than to the left). In the end I ...


16

If your target market for family shoots is not going to be offended by using a photographer that also does boudoir, then you are probably fine to use the same name. Locale may be a factor here for local area values. It would probably be worth it to have two completely different web sites, as it's incredibly unlikely that your family portrait clients will ...


12

Not attributing photos (or any other content) to web addresses is pretty much standard in major print media circles. There are probably a lot of factors involved, but it is likely as much about not promoting another business as much as it is anything else. If you want them to promote your business, I'm sure they would be happy to sell you ad space in their ...


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Simply telling them isn't rude. Most people would only be asking because they didn't realize it was a for-pay product in the first place. So just let them know. Them: "Can you send me a link to the digital version of that photo?" You: "Actually, selling those photographs is how I make my living. So I can't just give the source file to you, but if you want ...


8

No. It sounds like the client is looking for specific representations of the subjects. Flipping it is no longer an accurate representation. The average human face is not symmetrical


8

We use money as a medium because barter simply doesn't always work. Imagine you try to barter your photography services to a photographer...not very valuable, eh? But, when you think of your services, I'd encourage you to think of them in terms of dollars. What is an hour of your time as a photographer worth? Let's put a number on it - say $100/hour. If ...


7

If you store your images on an online repository, then just say “Sure!” and then just provide them with a link to the repository where you store them. But ensure that it is one where they will have to pay to download or pay to view anything larger than a large size thumbnail! It will be very bold of someone to come back to you and ask for it to be given to ...


7

The only reason I can think of is if you need to make some extra spending on something. Pay an extra assistant, re purchase a flying ticket, hiring a backup photographer because that date was already taken by another client. If that is the case, talk to your client about the situation. If not, I think you could just be understanding and change the date on ...


7

In addition, unless you lit each subject with exceptionally flat frontal lighting, your composite shot will have two apparent key-light sources which do not affect all of the subjects. In other words, it will look weird, even if the viewer can not place their finger on exactly why.


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From a content perspective Last time I had a photoshoot, I asked the company to flip some pictures. They firmly refused because it would not be 'good'. I don't know the rationale other than 'it looks less natural', but I guess it is safe to say that flipping would be a compromise on quality. From a business perspective This brings us to the business ...


6

Because some dumbass lawyer sued a wedding photographer who gave him "everything". Gary Fong helped out the original photographer and he's financially OK, but I bet the photographer is going to have second thoughts from now on.


6

You should charge an appreciable percentage of the fee when booking the wedding to hold the date. You should specify in the contract signed at that time that the balance for your base fee is due prior to the wedding. Any variable charges beyond that will be based on prints, books, etc. ordered in addition to your base package and should be paid in full at ...


6

So, your employee acted in a completely unprofessional manner and caused the venue to charge the couple extra. Of course you should pay it, along with an apology to the couple for the inconvenience caused.


6

What to charge is the least of your worries. Although it is a little late for this now, the best preparation for shooting weddings is to shoot several weddings as a second shooter for an experienced wedding photographer. Although you probably won't do everything the same way as your mentor does, you will get some very good exposure to what to expect when ...


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I would suggest asking why the people want the file, and what they intend to do with it, and then base your response upon what they say. If the person would be happy with having a low-resolution or significantly-watermarked version of the file containing a notice "Full-resolution version available for license at awesomephotos.example.com", handing out such ...


5

Your premise is incorrect. They most certainly do want to release the originals as it is likely far and away the most lucrative package they offer. I would personally fly to your location and shoot your wedding, but it will cost you $15k. The fact is that they won't release the images for the relatively small monetary cost they book the shooting session ...


4

As a photographer, it's generally expected that the use of your photos will represent some sort of credit back to you. However, rights to a photo or set of photos can be sold or licensed. For their calendar, it sounds like they don't want the PHOTOS themselves containing the watermarks or credits. Verify with the customer, but it is typically acceptable ...


4

"Paying vendors on time" Examples of vendors would be photo and print labs, gear rental agencies, suppliers of wedding albums and so forth. Would also apply to assistants such as 2nd shooters or retouchers. Anyone that supplies paid products or services to the photographer.


4

Even the best photographers will take some photos that aren't good. Poorly composed, poorly lit, subjects eyes closed etc. You can't get a lot of good photos without also getting some duds. If they give you these photos as well, it reflects poorly on the quality of their work overall. You may want to have all of the photos, regardless of the quality. ...


4

I realize this was nearly two years ago, but... think about what you're asking: I have a wedding client who, due to medical reasons, needs to post pone their wedding a year... Should I charge a fee to book another date? Weddings are already emotionally charged times. On top of that, they have a hospitalization or surgery to deal with (I'm assuming it ...


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It completely depends on the circumstances around your photography. We used to run some standard filters around High School Seniors and sports photos but saved more intense editing until after purchase. Personally, I've never shown a wedding photo that wasn't edited. If you can realistically get away with minimal or automated editing, then you'll save a ...


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What is the accepted rule about this, if there is one? There is no accepted rule about this. Some photographers do it that way. Some photographers don't. It's an entirely personal decision.


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