model: SEAN ROBINSON @ currently unsigned
ph. Tarrice Love
styling: Tarrice Love
When i first came to nyc, magazines useta pay us photographers to do editorials
I would get between $1200 to $1700 to shoot an editorial for bullshit ass magazines I never heard of . I even had the opportunity to shoot Olympic swimmer Cullen Jones for Men's Vogue.... and they paid me. Now magazines dont pay us nothing..... why do you think that is? Newcomer photographers have come along offering their photographic services for free in return for tear sheets and bragging rights with the hopes of getting representation. - they cancelled out paying photographers and in the process they have cancelled themselves out of making money when they shoot with random magazines for the tear sheet or "exposure" for free.
I don't really shoot editorials for free and they don't ask.... they know if they want the caliber of work i produce and my expertise, they gotta come out of pocket. I haveta really like the magazine and believe in it to even consider shooting for free. these lil online mags don't supply enough exposure to make it worth doing for free. all the tear sheets in the world from no-name mags isn't gonna help you get representation. it also hurts your relationship with modeling agencies. Over saturating the market with a model's likeness with these unknown magazines tends to cheapen the model's image with advertisers making it more difficult for their agents to negotiate a higher rate. It's not about being EVERYWHERE, its about being in the right places....seen by the right people.
fashion is all about exclusivity esp w/ representation. That is why i'm very selective about where i put my work. i'm thinking about the bigger picture. fuck bragging rights, they don't pay rent.