Question: Would you take time out of your diary, take photographs, edit and then provide them to a client…for nothing?
Now before all the sharp intakes of breath and the shouts of “No way!” and “Are you mad?” let me explain:
What I’m talking about here is giving back to your Community, providing a Professional Service to a needy cause and so on…
Those of you who follow the work of Zack Arias will have heard I’m sure his personal story about how he came to have his current studio space and also about how he opens it up to other local creatives to make us of it for FREE for their exhibitions and product launches. The thinking behind it being, is that he’s paying rent on the studio anyway, so rather than have it empty at times and still be paying rent, why not fill it with folks from other creative backgrounds and network at the same time? Makes perfect sense huh 🙂
Now not everyone is in the position to give up their studio to the local community but how about giving up some of your time?
This month I have a series of photographs in ‘Totally Society‘ Magazine; photographs that I took a couple of months back at an event in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and get this, I did it for nothing…gasp!!! …well maybe not…
Does nothing really mean nothing?
I’m a big believer in the mantra “The more you give, the more you get” but with one proviso: “Don’t give and expect something back in return”
Giving back this way is something I’ve always done and will continue to do and yes when the time comes that Anne and I have relocated and have our studio space set up we’ll be following in the footsteps of Zack and allow others to come in and make use of it for FREE too. In the meantime, if I don’t have a shoot or it’s the end of the day and there’s nothing on the ‘goggle box’ to be honest I’d rather be out photographing for someone that needs it, and you only have to look around locally to see there’s plenty of them.
I urge you to give it a try…go find someone; a local charity, event etc that could really do with some photographs and do it for FREE; you may find it’s the best pay day you’ve ever had (and I don’t mean financially).
So what do you think? Would you / do you shoot for free on occasion? If you do, how do you approach it? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this be they positive or negative so as always feel free to make use of the comments section below.