Lack of respect for Event Photographers...

November 26, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

So a conversation I had recently about the experiences of an Event Photographer, along with other conversations I have had over the years encouraged me to write this blog...

 

So tell me if I heard you right, you the Event Organiser requested the services of an Event Photographer to provide an onsite studio with printing, you agree that you will pay this Photographer a fee for attending your event...

 

Your photographer puts about €5,000 - 10,000 of kit into their transport to attend your event, in order to provide a service to your clients. He or she has to arrange for sales or computer assistance to attend your event for a wage that can be up to £100 plus per computer operate/sales person, depending on takings on the night, depending on event in my day I had up to 6 people with me, as well as additional Photographers if required...

 

Your Professional Photographer is no novice; they have been around for a while providing a service to many clients over the years. In coming to your event they have put fuel in his or her transport, and dressed appropriately just to give the right professional appearance to your invited guest…

 

He or she turns up ahead of your event due start time to setup, and in conversation you tell your Professional Event Photographer, you do not have any space for them anymore, and they will have to make do with this or that space, which may not be anywhere near the main event rooms…

 

And then you hold back the best till last by stabbing your Event Photographer, in the back that you contacted first, they did not contact you; you are telling them how much he or she can charge your invited guest, that is really funny, you are taking the pee lol...

 

The photographer has gone to so much trouble to turn up at your event, and you are telling him or her that the €10 - €20 per image that they needs to sell their images at just to break even, you are saying they must sell their images at €5.00... And the icing on the top is when you say it’s up to you if you stay or not...

 

With a refusal to pay the fee promised, it’s not the Photographers fault you don’t have the space for them, and you cannot dictate what a Photographer can pay for an image, since they are providing a service to your invited guest, you did not treat your DJ this way, or any of your artist on the night, including whoever is running the bar…

 

I have been around for a while and I have seen DJ's pinned Event Organisers or Promoters to the wall for their money not paid, I cannot see that happening with an Event Photographers I don't think, however what I can say, is that the community of Image Makers is getting tighter and tighter, and they talk, which means if you want the best Event Photographers in the Market-Place, trust me when I tell you they will not be there for you…

 

Black, Asian or White Events Photographers, all the various network of IMAGE MAKERS or Event Photographers, communicate with each other, and the last thing many would prefer is to be at a waste of time event, when they could be at home with their family, than to experience ignorant Event Organisers taking them for granted, since you would not try this with anybody else who was providing a service...

 

The other issues that crops up from time to time, is when an Event Organiser or promoter wants a kick back for you being at their event and making money as they see it…

 

Some Charity Event Organiser sometimes ask for a contribution for the charity on the night, and some Charity Organisers insist on it, as part of the agreement for the Event Photographer attending their charity event...

 

If an Event Photographer agrees to that, then that is down to their own personal goodwill, but they are not obliged to give any contribution too any charity, since they are there to provide a service of a professional service in return for a professional products for your invited guest...

 

I know of Event Photographers who may give a photo book of images or a cd of an agreed number of images for the charity, as archival images for their organisation.   

 

In the past I have done a youtube presentation of images to music to promote a charity, long after the event has finished...

 

Another practice that some Event Photographers may consider is that, if they do contribute to any charitable organisation or a promoter, then any money given has to be signed for, just in case any issues may arise in the future, especially if HMRC needs additional information re Event Photographers activities, in these interested times we all have to protect ourselves...

 

Many Event Photographers have invested a lot of time and effort in training so that they can be the best they can be, as well as to invest in the latest technology and in equipment, especially those who have gone down the wi-fi rout...

 

Therefore please Event Organisers, or Promoters, if you want to be treated with the respect you deserve, then please treat Professional Event Photographers the same way, as you would want to be treated yourself...

 

 

 


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