[quote]I don’t require applause earned by being a sucker. If free matters more than good, ask someone else.[/quote]
There are quite a few blogs I like reading and one in particular is Don Giannatti’ posterous stream (@wizwow) where not too long a go I came across a wonderful link to a post on a photographer’s website called ‘We have no budget for photos‘. I’m sure many of you have received this kind of mail in the past. Needless to say I never give my images for free but I absolutely loved Tony Sleep’s post as it was right on target and saves me the time to write all of it again in reply to these clients.
[quote]”No budget” is a euphemism for “we think photographers are mugs”. This offensive interpretation can easily be verified by trying the phrase at your local restaurant, eg “I have no budget for dinner but I’d like to eat”. Adding a promise to tell all your friends where you ate will not deflect your head from the kerb as the manager throws you out.[/quote]
I knew I’d one day come back to that wonderful post but I have just done more than that. I have answered a mail with only a link directing to this post! I’d like to share the little correspondence with you all to see how smooth the person on the other side was. I am not going to be apologetic about sharing the full details of this ‘client’ so feel free to write to them if you so please.
here it is:
Subject: Greetings from Wedding Affair magazine
On 16-Dec-2011, at 3:57 PM, Priyadarshini Das <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
I am writing to you on behalf of the Wedding Affair magazine, New Delhi. We are a bi-monthly magazine concentrating on Indian tradition that encompasses wedding rituals, weddings of the season and lifestyle stories.
For our Feb-March issue, we are doing a story on the Kashmiri (Hindu Pandit) community wedding. I happened to chance upon your work on the same on the internet. I would like to know if it would be possible to get the images featured on the website (we would require high resolution images) to facilitate the story. We would like to confirm that our magazine will give image courtesy to all the images used.
Looking forward to a positive response.
On Fri, Dec 16, 2011 at 4:51 AM, FotoWala | Sephi Bergerson Photography <email@example.com> wrote:
Thank you for this mail. Is your magazine distributed free of charge?
Fotowala | Photography & Archive
On 17-Dec-2011, at 3:26 PM, Priyadarshini Das wrote:
Thanks for your response. This is to inform you that our magazine is not distributed free of cost and is priced Rs. 100 per copy. If you allow us to use your pictures, we will surely send you complementary (free of charge) copies for your reading pleasure.
Did you get this? they will send me complementary (free of charge) copies for my “reading pleasure”. I might be wrong but the last time I looked in the mirror I had nothing on my forehead saying “Mother Teresa”. I was going to write a really nasty mail back but instead I simply replied by directing Ms. editorial assistant to Tony Sleep post. After all, what a lovely post it is. read it HERE
Another great post is Reasons Why Professional Photographers Cannot Work for Free which is maybe more polite but conveys the same idea.
[quote]Getting credit isn’t compensation. We did, after all, create the images concerned, so credit is automatic. It is not something that we hope a third party will be kind enough to grant us.[/quote]
Happy to hear your views and comments on this.
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