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Nancy asks…

How freelance photographer for magazine get paid ?

I am going to have an interview for freelance photographer. I am just an amateur photographer and have no idea how things work as far as compensation.
Do they get paid per picture or per occasion ? How much is the average rate for freelance photographer for local magazine ?

Thank you.

administrator answers:

There is basically a protocol for editorial photographers relationship with magazines.

They are paid in two ways. First they get a day rate plus expenses. This can be from £200 a day up to thousands. Second, if the publication uses any of the images, then they are paid based upon the size and location of the images used (Front page is usually about 10x the fee for inside usage) and those fees are paid upon publication … The expenses are paid up front, the day rate is paid upon presentation of the agreed upon images to the publisher and finally the last payment is paid within 30 days of the date it is published.

Local magazines may not pay at all, but do a “pay in kind” agreement with you and exchange our work for advertising space in the magazine.

Again, you will have to negotiate with the assignment editor before you accept the assignment.

Daniel asks…

Freelance Photographer: How to best keep track of money for tax purposes?

My friend is just starting out as a freelance photographer for weddings and other events.

administrator answers:

He’d be better off keeping track of his finances himself, but he must track everything.

Lizzie asks…

How much should I offer to pay a freelance photographer to shoot video of our church play?

I have a friend who works for a local news station and does freelance work on the side. One of my church friends asked if he could film the Christmas play and how much to offer him. I have no idea how much to pay him! Any freelancers out there who can help? Anyone ever hired a freelance photographer (videographer) before? Thanks!

administrator answers:

Most freelances have their own price schedule and will tell you what they expect.

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