There has been much discussion lately over a few important issues regarding cosplay photography and attending conventions. These two issues can be boiled down to free photo shoots vs paid photo shoots and the proper use of press passes at conventions. I thought that I will simply give my perspective and my general policy on these two issues.
If you follow me on my Facebook and YouTube page you know that I do a fair amount of video work at conventions. This includes interviewing guest who attend conventions, artist in artist Alley and cosplayers. I participate in press activities at many of the conventions that I attend. My work may not be the overly fancy like others, but they give my viewers the opportunity to learn about the inspiration behind the names. My point is I do not have a problem asking for press passes primarily because I feel that when I am at a convention I do press work. Many of my videos are posted on YouTube for anyone to view.
Getting to the issue of free shoots versus shoots, I understand the arguments on both sides. My policy is the following: if an individual is interested in shooting with me I decide on a case-by-case basis how much to charge. There are a number of factors that can go into this decision. These factors could include whether I shop with the individual in the past. There could also be a case in which any photo shoots that I decided to shoot could possibly pay for travel and hotel costs. They comes to free shoots I have sole discretion over whether I decide to do a free shoots or not.
I think it is important for any individual to remember that there are many costs associated with being a photographer. This includes maintenance and updating of equipment, time spent working on images not to mention food accommodation and travel costs. Many photographers like to try and balance their cost and profits. I tried to make my pricing for photo shoots competitive with most other photographers.
I do try to remind individuals who requests photo shoots, that a standard in studio or on location senior portrait shoot or engagement shoot cost well over $150. Most of the cosplay photographers that I have met charge nowhere near that but their results are just as spectacular. I hope this blog post answers some questions about how I work.
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