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Photography Q&A: Real Questions. Real Answers. by Zack Arias

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Salon owner seeks slavery.

Q: THE OWNER OF A SALON WANTS ME TO TAKE PHOTOS AND THEN GIVE HIM MY FILES SO HE CAN BLOW THEM UP AND HANG THEM IN THE SALON. HE HASN’T MENTIONED PAYING ME. HOW SHOULD I INVOICE HIM? ALSO, SHOULD I HANDLE THE PRINTING ON MY END, OR SHOULD I GIVE HIM THE FILES?

A: Here’s where photography is like prostitution, at least the kind I’ve seen in movies:

“Like what you see?” If so, then you talk money.

If you want to get paid you bring that up as soon as there is interest.

“I’d love to do this job for you! What’s your budget?”

That gets the topic right to the front of the conversation. There’s no getting around that question. They may ask how much it would cost. That puts the ball back in your court. The best way to approach ...

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