Simple answer: Artists don't work for free!
Longer answer: It's a great question, and one photographers often get asked. Believe it or not, while it may seem like a straight-forward job, being a photographer as a job/career has many, many expenses. The gear alone can costs thousands upon thousands of dollars! Not to mention paying insurance, travel, editing fees, equipment ware, licensing software, labour, taxes, and location rental or other small business expenses, and the list goes on!
Probably the most important part the client pays for is the skill-set. While it is true that everyone has a high-quality camera these days in their cell-phones, not everyone is versed in the theory and practice of professional photography, and even further there, photographers can be specialized, such as aerial photographers, sports photographers, war photographers, journalism, etc...You are paying for someone to do it right. Another example is that anyone can stick bricks together, but to have it professionally done and done safely/correctly, we hire a construction company.
In short, photographers as artists are often taken advantage of. They are often asked to do work for free because it would "look good on their portfolio". While it may be true, photographers are people too with their own lives and expenses.
We at A.S.A.P. are flexible and are very competitive with pricing, but as said above, shooting isn't free! What are your opinions? Comment below!
Henry is the founder and operator of Air Support Aerial Photography. Here he talks about A.S.A.P. news, drone industry news, and opinion pieces!