Post # 1
So a friend’s fiance is a photographer. I’ve asked her to shoot a couple of wedding events for us, and she refuses to be paid! Now I could see if she offered it as wedding gift, but she didn’t. She just wants gas money.
She’s new, so I know she needs to build her portfolio…but I fully intend on giving her SOMETHING anyway.
What’s a good “forcing you to take it” amount?
Post # 3
What if you got her a gas gift card. Maybe something like $500 so it covers her gas and she has a few hundred leftover (assuming she is not driving across the country for you). You could even not tell her whats on the card and she will get a surprise at the pump if she is really refusing a payment.
Post # 4
From how you desribe you are kind of doing her a favor if she needs to build her portfolio, how about you write her a nice reference, or find out if she needs any equipment that you can upgrade or buy for her. I think gas money is fine, and don’t force any cash on her.
Post # 5
I paid my friend photographer $500 for our engagement, bridal and wedding photos. She was trying to build her portfolio as well.
Post # 6
I think if she really doesn’t want to be paid, it’s reasonable to offer a gas card.
With starting photographers, I think the BEST pay you can offer is word of mouth. Maybe you don’t pay her in cash, but if she does a great job, you can recommend her to anyone who will listen. That is as good as gold. Also, the right to use your photographs for her own promotional purposes is nice too.
Post # 7
I LOVE the gas gift card idea – either that, or a restaurant gift card. That way it won’t seem like you’re paying at all, and its something nice that she can do herself and bring her SO or another friend.
Post # 8
I think the gas card will work…500 is really excessive, but yea that’ll work