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Assignment Production Preparation = No surprises!

Posted: July 15th, 2015

[by Steve Whittaker] Ok. You have the assignment, the client has signed off on the estimate, you have just received the check covering the 50% retainer (not a deposit), but are you truly ready for this assignment? You have already checked your equipment but what about getting access to your various assignment locations? When you [...]

Past Due Accounts and Collections

Posted: September 12th, 2011

[by Steve Whittaker] Timely payments are important in any business. Your reputation and credit depends on being able to pay your assistants, employees, vendors, loan payments and any outstanding balances. A clear contractual agreement on both sides in the beginning is important. Our terms require a 50% retainer in advance before assignment date. With the [...]

Creating A Downward Spiral

Posted: March 8th, 2011

[By Steve Whittaker] Recently, I visited several web sites of photographers who are fairly new to the field of Architectural Photography. Several were members of the ASMP Architectural list serve and I noticed that they had listed their fee structures on their web sites. In several cases, their fees reflected values that were available to [...]

This License is Non Transferable

Posted: June 21st, 2010

[by Steve Whittaker] Once in a while I will meet a marketing person who demands the right to allow property owners, contractors and other entities unrestricted use of our images without additional fees. Some have expressed their right to resell photographer’s images to recover their firm’s cost from an assignment or worse, make a profit [...]