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Why I Do Not Use Day Rates

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Like many photographers, I started my professional career by charging a “day rate” for my services. Rather than considering the scope of a project or the use of the images, I simply set a “day rate” or “half day rate” and applied those numbers to each request. I realized quickly this wasn’t working. One day I would be run ragged with a client piling on the number of images they wanted me to generate and…

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My Online Watercooler

By Strictly Business Blog

As an editorial photographer living in Pittsburgh I am not really in the center of the magazine publishing world, but by subscribing and reading Meg Weaver’s weekly newsletter, Wooden Horse Publishing, I feel connected to the who, what, when and where of the publishing world. Like any resource, especially online, I only consider it one source. It is always a good idea to confirm business news and gossip. It seems every week, I learn of…

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Creative Partnering

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A recent bout with bronchitis got me watching TV for practically the first time since my 2-year-old was born.  In the middle of CSI New York, I was struck by an ad for Verizon featuring a Blackberry Storm being used to access Bank of America’s online banking system.  Verizon, Blackberry & B of A all in one ad.  “Wow”, I thought, “that’s really smart.” In a later commercial break, Duracell ran an ad showcasing the…

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Knowledge is Power in a Negotiation

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Part of preparing for any negotiation is preparing yourself. Knowing the market, both geographic and specialty, in which you’ll be competing is critically important. A very handy tool right on your desktop is your computer. Mine is always on, always connected to the Internet, and I use it when a new client calls for a quote. As soon as the person identifies the company he or she works for, I can “Google” the company’s name, click on the…

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