Photoshelter Award: Thank You!

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I really appreciate the recognition this week from the Photoshelter Jumpstart Your Photo Business Contest. I was named as one of the Silver Award winners, along with one of my past students Aaron Schmidt. Aaron is an amazing shooter and documentary filmmaker.

Going back into full-time freelance work late last year from teaching visual journalism at Brooks Institute is an exciting adventure right now and creating community is such a big part of the business model.

Thank you to the folks at Photoshelter!

Revisted: Should I work for free?

When receiving a response to a price quote from a client, so many times I have heard, “this will be a great portfolio opportunity for you,” followed by a story as to why I should work for less than the requested rate.


I always have to stop and remember that the portfolio I have works because the client requested the bid for their job.

Thankfully, there exists this brilliant flowchart, Should I Work for Free?, that created by Jessica Hische.

It is so important to check in and remind ourselves of our motives.

We work to thrive.

And, lets face it, we work out of a place of passion for our craft, love for our subjects, and hopes for changing the world.

Thankfully our idealism has nothing to do with our ability to make ends meet. By requesting a wage that covers the costs of business as well as a fair creative fee, our self-respect adds value to our work.