Compensation for lost portfolio (not negatives)

Discussion in 'Beyond the Basics' started by patsjazzpix, Feb 22, 2005.

  1. patsjazzpix

    patsjazzpix TPF Noob!

    Feb 22, 2005
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    Hello everyone, Hope all is well. Because of your
    background, or photography experience I am fielding
    the following question for your opinion:

    On Oct 04 I submitted 20-8x10 B&W prints as part of a
    portfolio / resume package to a daily newspaper. I
    wasn't selected for the position and I received a
    thank you letter from the photo editor.

    I finally got a letter from them regarding my
    portfolio, and that it is in fact lost and can not be
    found. They are offering me reasonable compensation
    for this lost.

    Any ideal about what the amount of the compensation
    should be?

  2. Rogue Monk

    Rogue Monk TPF Noob!

    Jan 18, 2005
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    Vancouver, Canada
    Since you haven't lost anything more than the time to create the portfolio plus the cost of supplies, I wouldn't try for crazy amounts of money. They weren't buying the images--just using them to gauge your talents and whether you'd be a good match for there company.

    Tally up your supplies, add in a reasonable figure for the time required to reproduce your portfolio, and add 10%.

    At least they were willing to pay your to replace it. I wouldn't have expected that.
  3. Rob

    Rob TPF Noob!

    Jan 29, 2005
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    Good advice from Monk above, I read something about this in a "How to be a great stock photographer" book. The essence of the guy's advice was to ask for a reasonable amount of money on the grounds that they're more likely to pay it AND that they might then give you some business in the future. If you ask for silly sums, you're going to be in for a fight.

    As Monk suggested, I would tally up the costs, including P&P etc. and add 10%. Itemise it to add justification in your letter asking them for the money to add further weight to your argument.

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