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Shutterbug Life podcast

Shutterbug Life is a weekly podcast that celebrates the creative photographer's lifestyle. Through a series of discussions, expert interviews, and photo challenges, the podcast examines everything you need to be, do, or have to reach your full photographic potential. Episodes are designed to be helpful no matter where you are on your learning path. Shutterbug Life podcast is hosted by Lynford Morton, a second-generation photographer who build one of Washington, DC’s fastest growing photography Meetup communities, Shutterbug Excursions. He has also trained thousands of photographers to take great pictures in Washington, DC and New Orleans from the business he founded, PhotoTour Excursions. Now he recreates the community of enthusiast photographers with Shutterbug Life.
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Apr 26, 2015

It’s been almost 10 years since it happened, and thinking about it still annoys me. 

I was talking with a potential client from the large cable company in the Maryland/DC area. She tells me she likes my work and wants to hire me. 

“Excellent,” I respond. “I’ll send over a proposal.”

“Well...,” she continues. “We were wondering if you could do this one for free. As you might imagine, we have lots of photography jobs, and we hire photographers all the time. If this shoot works out well, you’ll likely get lots of future work from us.”

“Are you flipping kidding me? Can I watch cable for a month for free and pay you next month if I like it?”

As I said, it still annoys me.

But not all the time.

There are other occasions when someone will ask for the exact same thing -- free photography -- and I am happy to provide it.

What about an enthusiast? You have a day job. You don’t need this to pay your bills. Should you ever shoot for free?

I hear from many of you who tell me that you don’t mind working for free. Photography isn’t  your main source of income, so it’s not a big deal. Some of you say that you don’t think your photography is at the level where you’d feel comfortable charging for it.

In this episode, I explore both sides of the debate.

I have five reasons why you wouldn’t shoot for free and five reasons why you would consider it. 

 

Listen to the podcast episode. See the show notes at bit.ly/shutterbuglife017.

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