As a starting photographer I can relate to much of what they are saying.
All of my first work was done for free because I had to start somewhere, but it also helped me build-up the necessary experience, contacts, a portfolio and it allowed me to experiment.
In Chase’s article a very bold phrase caught my eye :
“To underscore my point, consider this: I normally charge a considerable fee for assignment work. But, effective immediately, I’m looking for one, interesting shoot/project–the right project– to do for free. Anywhere in the world, any subject matter, photo or video/motion. Send me your ideas. I don’t care if you’re a low budget magazine, a break dance crew, an individual, an agency or a brand, whatever. If you have an interesting project in mind–large or small–send me reasonably detailed brief, describing the opportunity and referencing this post, to info at chasejarvis dot com. I’ll review whatever comes in – if anything does, and I’ll get back you. Whether it takes three weeks or three months or longer — if something sounds like a good match, creative, or cool to me, then I’ll contact you, and I’ll do that shoot for free. It will be fun.”
I’m still me and don’t expect the thunderbirds to send me any emails.
However, since I started I’ve been holding on to one value: if I do something for the first time I don’t charge. So my offer is “roughly” the same as Chase’s, if you throw me a new cool idea, I’ll shoot it for you.
Sometimes my own ideas are a bit ‘off the scale’ and I don’t have the manpower or resources to realize it.
So I’d also like to extend this to other photographers, to work together on our larger than life ideas and hopefully we can do our own ninja shoot together soon.
Thunderbirds are GO!