Best Business Practices for Photographers, 2nd Edition

  • John Henry Harrington III
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  • ISBN-10: 130548696X
  • ISBN-13: 9781305486966
  • DDC: 770.23
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 553 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2009 | Published/Released November 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2009

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A follow-up to the successful and acclaimed "Best Business Practices for Photographers", this updated and expanded edition serves as an even more comprehensive guide to achieving financial success and personal satisfaction in your business as a photographer. Included in this new edition are sections on licensing your work, making the career change from a staff photographer to a freelancer, surviving an IRS audit, and more. This book includes best practices in interacting with clients, negotiating contracts and licenses, and business operations. "Best Business Practices for Photographers, Second Edition" is the key to a successful career in photography.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Other Frontmatter.
About the Author.
Notes on the Second Edition.
1: You Are a Business—Now Let's Get to Work!.
2: Professional Equipment for Professional Photographers.
3: Planning and Logistics: Why a Thirty-Minute Shoot Can Take Three Days to Plan.
4: After Staff: Transitioning to Freelance.
5: Working with Reps, Assistants, Employees, and Contractors: The Pitfalls and Benefits.
6: Setting Your Photographer's Fees.
7: Pricing Your Work to Stay in Business.
8: Overhead: Why What You Charge a Client Must Be More than You Paid for It.
9: Who's Paying Your Salary and 401(k)?.
10: Insurance: Why It's Not Just Health-Related, and How You Should Protect Yourself.
11: Accounting: How We Do It Ourselves and What We Turn Over to an Accountant.
12: Insights into an IRS Audit.
13: Contracts for Editorial Clients.
14: Contracts for Corporate and Commercial Clients.
15: Contracts for Weddings and Rites of Passage.
16: Negotiations: Signing up or Saying No.
17: Protecting Your Work: How and Why.
18: The Realities of a Infringement: Copyrights and Federal Court.
19: Releases: Model, Property, and Others.
20: Handling a Breach of Contract: Small Claims and Civil Court.
21: Resolving Slow- and Non-Paying Clients.
22: Letters, Letters, Letters: Writing like a Professional Can Solve Many Problems.
23: Attorneys: When You Need Them, They're Your Best Friend (or at Least Your Advocate).
24: Office and On-Location Systems: Redundancy and Security Beget Peace of Mind.
25: Digital and Analog Asset Management: Leveraging Your Images to Their Maximum Potential.
26: Licensing Your Work.
27: Stock Solutions: Charting Your Own Course Without the Need for a “Big Fish” Agency.
28: Care and Feeding of Clients (Hint: It's Not about Starbucks and a Fast-Food Burger).
29: Education, an Ongoing and Critical Practice: Don't Rest on Your Laurels.
30: Striking a Balance between Photography and Family: How What You Love to Do Can Coexist with Your Loved Ones if You Just Think a Little about It.
31: Expanding into Other Areas of Creativity.
32: Charity, Community, and Your Colleagues: Giving Back Is Good Karma.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

John Henry Harrington III

John Harrington has built a photography business that has been successful, with income having risen ten-fold since he started. He is a teacher that can communicate to an audience. He has spoken in the past at courses and meetings of The NPPA's Northern Short Course, The White House News Photographers Association, Smithsonian Institution, Corcoran School of Art and Design, American Society of Media Photographers Capital Region, University of Maryland, Northern Virginia Community College, Trinity College, and the Northern Virginia Photographic Society. He has worked for over 16 years as an active photographer in Washington DC and around the world, working with both editorial and commercial clients. Editorially, his credits have included the Associated Press, New York Times, Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, US News and World Report, The National Geographic Society, USA Today, People, MTV, and Life. For corporate and public relations clients, John has successfully placed images with the wire services (Associated Press, Reuters, Gannett, Agence France Presse, and UPI) over three hundred times. Commercially, John has worked with well over half of the top fortune 50 companies, and even more of the top 500. Ad campaigns for Seimens, Coca Cola, General Motors, Bank of America, and Freddie Mac, to name a few, have been seen worldwide.