Help: Company wants my photos.

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  1. Artemis

    Artemis Just Punked Himself

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    Well As you all Know I have a job.

    Well...heres whats happend.

    I suggested an idea, in which they put pictures into their photo frames to advertise.
    I offerd my pictures, and they said theyd take a look.
    They liked my photos and I think are gonna use em.
    They also are gonna pay for my film + producing for taking pics for them.

    The company is marks and spencer...now I need help from you guys....badly :p
     
  2. mentos_007

    mentos_007 The Freshmaker!

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    but what exactly do you want from us? :p
     
  3. MDowdey

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    arty, if you need any help bro, ask us!! this might be your chance. what kinda pics are they? maybe we can give you technical advice to start off with.


    md
     
  4. green

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    so basically... you're saying they want your pictures at the cost it took you to make them?

    if so... say no. I got into that trap once before, you need to make sure they compensate you for your time and skill. To me photography is such second nature it rarely occurs to me that other people can't take nice pictures... so i frequently undervalue EVERYTHING.

    Are they planning on putting their logo on them? if not... can you put your name/website? if its a way that you can get your name out, you can offer them a trade, pictures for publicity... but for goodness sake, don't do it for free!
     
  5. Artemis

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    I aint sure...for help I just mean...how do I conduct myself? What sort of legal issues? how should I make it so my name is on the pics?

    Really? What if then they say no?
     
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    then you haven't really lost anything... now have you? If they're not willing to pay you for them, or even let you use your name on them, you're not gaining anything in the transaction, while they get really nice pictures that will help them sell frames.

    Legally, you own your pictures, unless you sell them the rights, in which case they can do what they want with them.
     
  7. Artemis

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    But can I really pass up a chance of getting my pics in somewhere like Marks and Spencer?
     
  8. Digital Matt

    Digital Matt alter ego: Analog Matt

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    What's the point of having your pics in Marks and Spencer if nobody knows they are yours? You haven't gained anything then have you? :p

    You need some compensation for the art, and the value of it. If they could take pictures like yours, they wouldn't need you, but they can't, so they have to pay you for what you have that they don't. Aristic talent :p

    If you are going to get to put your name and website or something on them, then that's different. That's them letting you get some free advertising in exchange for them using your art to sell their frames. Barter system :)

    Like green said, don't do it for nothing.
     
  9. SWFLA1

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    While I agree that you do not want to "donate" your artwork just because they are your employer and your a nice person, you also have to remember you can't "hold them up" as far as demands or price whether you barter or not.... chances are that if they need the photo's and believe you are being unreasonable, they will simply hire an experienced professional for the same or little more investment...

    it's a fine line, but if you are a professional you need to know how to work the deal as well as the camera....

    Sounds like a great opportunity to get your work out there as long as you can keep your copyright and signature where viewers can see it.

    Good Luck! let us know how it turns out.
     
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    You got an order form Marks & Spencer??? :shock:

    Thats great news Arty.... congratulations! :thumbsup:
     
  11. Artemis

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    Hehe thanks matey, Although im not sure if its a "Awww...this boy is so sweet, lets let him help" kinda thing....
     
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    Let it be whatever as long as you have your toes in the water!
     

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