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Posted 9/30/2013 by sophiespal in General Photography
 

sophiespal
AncestralPea

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Posted: 9/30/2013 3:56:00 PM
I am part of a corporate team at my workplace that helps organize our company's children's Christmas party. It has been suggested that we ask one of our staff if they would be interested in taking photos of children with Santa (Santa comes to our party).

We have a few staff in the past who have graciously volunteered for the photos and it has been fine - but very much snap shot quality. I am wondering if you think it makes sense to ask for a volunteer again, but maybe provide a small honorarium (e.g. $100 or so) and some general guidelines? For example, photos need to be uploaded to a disc or emailed to families following the party, no fancy photoshop editing is required, but red eye elimination would be appreciated, etc.

Again, we are grateful for the volunteer staff member who is able to take photos, but maybe raising the bar a little bit would be okay?

thanks.


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gardencat
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Posted: 9/30/2013 6:38:30 PM
Do you think that the previous volunteers could have done better but just didn't try very hard because they weren't getting paid? Offering $100 isn't going to ,make someone a better photographer IMO.
Do you have a staff member in mind who you think could do a good job? If so I'd be more likely to approach them,ask them if they would
D do it and mention that company would offer the hundred dollars to help cover any expenses they may incur.
If you just throw it open to anyone who volunteers you may not attract better photogs just the ones who want the money more.

gardencat
Jeepers PEApers

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Posted: 9/30/2013 6:38:32 PM
Do you think that the previous volunteers could have done better but just didn't try very hard because they weren't getting paid? Offering $100 isn't going to ,make someone a better photographer IMO.
Do you have a staff member in mind who you think could do a good job? If so I'd be more likely to approach them,ask them if they would
D do it and mention that company would offer the hundred dollars to help cover any expenses they may incur.
If you just throw it open to anyone who volunteers you may not attract better photogs just the ones who want the money more.

coolbeans
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Posted: 9/30/2013 7:01:59 PM
I dont think the trick is to offer a money either. I think you do need to state upfront what you do expect. Is it possible to have someone take the photographs and someone else quickly edit and print at the event? The company should purchase all the supplies you would expect them to deliver paper and ink, or cd's etc.


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coolbeans
PeaFixture

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Loc: Erie, PA

Posted: 9/30/2013 7:02:00 PM
I dont think the trick is to offer a money either. I think you do need to state upfront what you do expect. Is it possible to have someone take the photographs and someone else quickly edit and print at the event? The company should purchase all the supplies you would expect them to deliver paper and ink, or cd's etc.


Canon 7D and XTi
Jackie S.

gardencat
Jeepers PEApers

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January 2011
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Posted: 9/30/2013 8:17:04 PM
Do you think that the previous volunteers could have done better but just didn't try very hard because they weren't getting paid? Offering $100 isn't going to ,make someone a better photographer IMO.
Do you have a staff member in mind who you think could do a good job? If so I'd be more likely to approach them,ask them if they would
D do it and mention that company would offer the hundred dollars to help cover any expenses they may incur.
If you just throw it open to anyone who volunteers you may not attract better photogs just the ones who want the money more.

gardencat
Jeepers PEApers

PeaNut 495,307
January 2011
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Posted: 9/30/2013 8:17:06 PM
Do you think that the previous volunteers could have done better but just didn't try very hard because they weren't getting paid? Offering $100 isn't going to ,make someone a better photographer IMO.
Do you have a staff member in mind who you think could do a good job? If so I'd be more likely to approach them,ask them if they would
D do it and mention that company would offer the hundred dollars to help cover any expenses they may incur.
If you just throw it open to anyone who volunteers you may not attract better photogs just the ones who want the money more.
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