Why You Shouldn’t Work for Free as a Professional Photographer

  1. Hellen says:

    Thank you for this article quite informative. Quick questions how do you respond to clients who what to send you free products either to review or in hopes that you’ll post them. How do you change that conversation to a business opportunity.

  2. Mamiko says:

    I truly understand your message. I am a document translator (I hope it’s okay for a non-photographer to post a comment) and I used to get those “would you do it for free for experience/exposure/recognition?” stuff all the time when I first started out.

    Now, a quick question for you. I sometimes get translation requests from my friends. They tend to expect a discount because I’m a “friend.” How would you handle situations involving friends?

    • Fanette Rickert says:

      Hi Mamiko!

      Thank you for your comment (and yes, of course, it is absolutely fine for non-photographers to comment here! All entrepreneurs are welcome!).

      This is a tricky question indeed… I would say that if they are really good friends, I would have an open conversation with them, letting them know that you are very grateful that they want to support your business and that in order to keep growing, you have decided that you cannot offer Friends and family discount. Be open to the conversation and explain the reasons why you made that decision. They probably have no idea how much time goes into the service you offer, and if you let them know (and they are truly good friends) they will understand and be more than happy to support your decision. For the ‘friends’ that are more like acquaintances, I would probably refer them to another colleague.

      I hope it helps, let me know if you have any question!

  3. Mamiko says:

    Hi Fanette,

    Thank you so much for taking the time to reply to my question!

    I read your reply and realized that I was trying to avoid damaging my friendship; as far as I remember, I tended to think I’d give a discount to my friends but no discounts to acquaintances. Today, I learned from your advice a new approach I should consider taking. Thank you!

    I am a big fan of your Instagram posts and am always looking forward to seeing your beautiful work and reading inspirational messages.

    Thank you again for your advice!


    • Fanette Rickert says:

      Hi Mamiko!

      You are very welcome! I am glad you found some value in my advice. Dealing with friendship and business is not always simple, so make sure to do what feels right to you!

      I am so glad you are here and enjoying my posts!

      Arigato gozaimasu

  4. Marilena says:

    Thank you so much Fanette for sharing this useful business information in your posts! I always learn something new and I so appreciate your insights!

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