16 Gigs Later….

Getting Blasted

16 gigs was what I shot on a recent assignment. The client was extremely happy with my work, attitude and professionalism. This occurs when I show up for an assignment, build my photographs and deliver results. The difference this time, the client didn’t budget for photography even though they said, “we need photos for post-production reference and online promotion.” Let’s see, they need professional photography but didn’t budget for it. Huh? Yet they budgeted $100,000 for the trailer. Hey can I get some of that? Seriously. You have to send some my way.

Let me explain….I was contacted by a director/producer friend who was directing/producing the live-action portion of a trailer for a yet-to-be-released video game. The company releasing this game didn’t budget for photography. Professional or otherwise. My good director/producer friend explained to them why it was necessary and important to pay a professional for the required and necessary photography.

We negotiated a price that was obviously way more than they expected/wanted and I worked for a fee that was just about correct for the usages required.

So in the end it worked out but of course I was going to politely decline if the client insisted they had no money. Thank goodness for good friends and a good reputation.

As always, thanks for reading.

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