HomePhotographyPHOTOGRAPHERS…THIS is why you’re not being paid Photography PHOTOGRAPHERS…THIS is why you’re not being paid Jessica Kobeissi May 9, 2019 IMO. music EPIDEMIC SOUND source Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window) Related Share Google+ Tweet Pinterest Email Prev Article Next Article Related Articles source Related My Post Photoshoot Issues in New York The first of 3 parts for our road trip along … MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA + GREAT OCEAN ROAD About The Author Jessica Kobeissi 26 Comments world of art same problem as a graphic designer people think that YOU SHOULD MAKE WORK FOR FREE!! and that's because of the beginners want to work so bad so they accept working for free and start ruining the field, no one started as a professional but because you're a beginner doesn't give you the right to ruin the field and make people think that graphic design is SO EASY! and you should be grateful to work for free! May 9, 2019 Olivia Thomson I understand and agree with your point, for the most part. i think for your first few shoots as a photographer it's okay doing it for free because you don't really know what you're doing, but then start introducing the cost after a bit of experience. if you're a surgeon, for example, then you have to train for years before you start getting paid. but i do agree that i think clients take advantage of photographers and we should be asking to get paid for more things than we do May 9, 2019 DarkRoomVision I so agree with you! May 9, 2019 Marie NorekvalHayes I never work for free. Ever. Not even for charity. If anyone in the charity gets paid for the work they do, I get paid. If its 100% non profit, you getter be a friend, or I'd rather spend time with my family. Once I made the passover from hobbyist to professional, my repsonse to anyone asking me for free work is the rate for my most timeconsuming (but incredibly nice) highest paying client. I they want a free photographer, they get the quality of a free photographer. If they want cheap photos, they get…. cheap photos. I'll flat out tell a client that they're not paying me enough for me to provide xyz. Their respone is to renegotiate the contract to get what thye want, which I am more than happy to do. I would rather pass up a job than devalue my product. May 9, 2019 alexathegator very much the same in illustration, graphic design, film industry, advertising etc… the problem is that people fresh out of college really underestimate their abilities and have this belief engraved into their heads that you're worthless without years of experience. you're not – an employer sees you as valuable as long as you do the thing they want, so ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS charge for that stuff. you'll be much happier with yourself +5 years down the line if you learn to value your work first and foremost. May 9, 2019 Trinka B This. THIS. THIS!!!!! May 9, 2019 Eli Vetrov amen May 9, 2019 안정은 lisa Jessica! Your voice is powerful and so helpful for photographers. Thank you as always! May 9, 2019 Pro 9 Lets start a campaign…. A hastag May 9, 2019 Jason2M Preach!!!!!!!! May 9, 2019 NatureRecycleFlorida good talk May 9, 2019 Nick Webster I get this kind of thing all the time. One day I’ll have the balls to go along and shoot for free, then when they ask for their photos I’ll say “I shot it for free like you asked, but the pictures will cost you.” That way they don’t look for somebody else to shoot it for free instead and still get burned May 9, 2019 Kelia someday I will pay you however much you ask for to shoot my wedding and hopefully you won't be busy that time of year LOL May 9, 2019 Good controversial unicorn Preach!! May 9, 2019 JYP1M I've been doing photography for almost a year, once I had the KNOWLEDGE (and I'm no master I'm still learning) and the confidence in myself, not taking into account the time, money, gear — you got to charge what you're worth and skills are, it's just that simple. From time to time I will reach out to models to do TFP just to keep my creative juices going when I'm doing more traditional stuff — but I'm not working for free these days. May 9, 2019 Kelia I experience this in a different way as I'm a recording artist and songwriter. I get a lot of people asking for collabs for free and don't give any background on what they want to do, what their idea is overall, and expect me to take the lead on it when 10 it's their song 2) they're not paying me. I get a lot of angry artists that send me a beat and tell me to do something with it and when i don't finish it within a week they get pissed at me. why would I EVER want to work with you if this is the case? don't ask me to write your whole song and then expect it for free or to even be a priority. May 9, 2019 Hedi I wish I got paid for my work.. I have been shooting for free since when I started in November 2018 and I have been asking money lately, advertising, contacting stores in my town but no one seems to be willing to pay. The only people I have shot so far are people I personally know though, more of a TFP thing. I hate working for free, but if I don't then I am not taking any photographs at all. And I am for sure it isn't my photos though, other photographers said I could be charging €500, but since I haven't been photographing for long I 'only' charge €150 an hour. Yet people think my two person mini-session of €17,50 pp is too expensive. Ugh. May 9, 2019 Photofactoria Preach Girl May 9, 2019 unteroffizier There are people holding cameras (I won't call them 'photographers') who need their moment of fame. They may be able to take good pictures, or 'good' pictures. But they don't know how to market themselves to get a paid job, or they just need an avenue to show people their pictures for a magazine, so they will do anything even for free to get their photos published. Just take a look at the camera holders' sample photos and see if they are better than yours. If they aren't can just forget about this whole episode. If they do then at least know that you can market yourself better than them to get paid jobs. As for business, I think there may be laws government unfair practises, like not paying for jobs. You can check employment (pertaining to freelancers) laws in your country to see if something like that are covered. If so write to relevant government bodies to expose or maybe even take some actions against such employers or businesses. May 9, 2019 Joshua Lopez Facts! Great video! I see this issue a lot with IG bloggers. The word collaboration has almost been synonymous with the word “free”. May 9, 2019 7moonwalker7 we are worthy and we have value! always charge for YOUR WORK and YOUR TIME May 9, 2019 BREADCRUMBS I just started two months ago in photo/videos and I told the only 4 clients I have in the beginning "I'll do a promo video and pics for 1hr for $50. If you like it my regular prices are ___ if you wanted to continue from now on" That small initial price lures them in. May 9, 2019 Jose Barrera Soooo we starting a movement or protest? What should our hashtag should be? Jessica is our leader! 😀 May 9, 2019 Carlijn Walraad I am so glad your addressing this. I hope more people get aware of the issue. It is strange how people just come to us photographers and be like hey can we shoot? People expect it to be free and when I"m like yes of course but not for free they cancel. May 9, 2019 Rosemary Danielis So true! And once people get stuff for free, they expect it for free. Same thing going on in the writing industry for authors too. May 9, 2019 Erica Almquist Not even going to lie. As a photog, I'm guilty of this… and it led to a real deep depression when I stopped making any money at all. You can't just charge some people and then work with some people for free. It's really up to us to collectively decide to put our feet down and demand to be treated the same as everyone else and be paid for our work. At this point, we're just letting people rob us and then giving them extra money as well. We deserve to get paid just like everyone else. You don't walk into a lawyer's office and offer them "exposure" as a form of payment, you'd be laughed out of the building. Can you imagine if we didn't have platforms like youtube or Instagram?? Maybe we would still get paid, but at the same time we also wouldn't reach as many people… such a struggle. Glad you addressed this girly ~ AMEN KEEP PREACHING. May 9, 2019 Leave a Reply Cancel reply Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.