Friday, February 08, 2008

luneray--professional photographer?

the other day I received this email via flickr:

:: Inquiry from SPIN magazine

Hello! I am interested in using your photo of a steamer
trunk in the April issue of SPIN. I want to make certain
that is acceptable and ask how you would like to be

Please be in touch with me at SPIN at your earliest
yours, jen

I thought this was rather odd, and possibly shady. I know people who are actually skilled photographers, and post really lovely photos on flickr. However, I'm not a skilled photographer and these photos are most definitely amateurish, done with a cheap digital camera, and taken only because I was trying to sell the trunk on craigslist and needed some pictures. In fact, the only reason these images were still on flickr is because I never got around to deleting them. (stupid flickr merged with yahoo and I couldn't remember my login info.)

But after hearing from some of these same skilled photographer friends that they had also received requests to use their photos in major publications, and that the contact info contained in the original email does in fact match up with an editor at SPIN magazine, I decided "what the hell" and wrote back giving my ok.

Her response:

So pleased to hear from you. Your photo of a steamer trunk will be running
quite small but it is just what we need for the page.

Hear that? "just what we need for the page."

Now, in answer to your burning, I'm not getting paid. I get a free issue of the magazine with my credited photo. c'mon, do YOU think these photos are worth paying for?


Gina said...

I feel really badly about your friend with diabetes and the terrible revenge scenarios going on. Gastric bypass is awfully extreme and after it's been done, you still feel hungry, but can only eat a little...just like a diet!
I've recently read some very good books about the treatment of diabetes by Dr. Richard Bernstein(not the weight-loss clinic Bernstein)- one is called 'The Diabetes Solution'; the others can be found on Very sound research and you can actually eat and be not-hungry...much of the issue is the timing and spacing of meals so as to minimize the amount of insulin produced.
Anyways I hope your friend is able to get these books at her library or bookstore, as they offer a huge help for diabetes and avoid surgery! All the best to you both.

katze said...

Sweet. That is so incredibly awesome!!