Oh us silly photographers… always wanting to be paid a fair amount yet always looking for a deal from others. #AMIRITE?
Look, if the model is worth their salt then they should be compensated. $100 an hour isn’t so bad. If you can’t afford the model then seek other people. And you say you don’t live in NY. You should hire a model in NY some time. No really. Shop around. You think $100 is high? NY rates will give you a f*cking heart attack.
I want to be paid what I ask. I don’t try to screw people over on rates. I ask a fair amount for the time and experience I bring to the table. There’s usually room for negotiation but my rates are my rates.
When I’m hiring other people to work for me I ask for their rates. If I can’t afford them then I find someone else. I don’t ask for a $250 assistant to do it for $100. Now, I might contact someone and say, “I have a budget of $125 for an assistant. Can you do it for that rate?” They may want to take the job or they may say “No. I’m $250.” At that point I don’t bitch and moan about their rates. I move on to someone else. I know the next time I contact that person I’ll need to have a budget of $250. Plain and simple.
I don’t believe in Karma but it’s that kind of principle. I want to be paid what I ask. I pay others what they ask. If someone can’t afford me and we can’t negotiate a fair deal, we don’t work together. If I can’t afford someone else then we don’t work together.
Plain. And. Simple.
I can not tell you how many photographers have painstakingly puts bids together for a client only to have them “laugh in their face” as you say you would like to do to this model.
Those are her rates. She evidently has something to offer if you are contacting her in the first place. She brings value to the table. You need those portfolio pieces. Evidently you need them enough to look to hire someone. Or, evidently it’s not that important to you because you aren’t willing to pay a fair rate for her time and effort.
If you are building a portfolio I can only assume it is because you might just want to do this for income. Either full time or part time. You are going to give your rates and someone is going to laugh in your face. “We aren’t in New York! All you have to do is show up and take some pictures. Why do you want that much money for it?”
Pay her rates or don’t hire her. End of story.
We all want a bargain but none of us want to be the bargain. Funny isn’t it?
NOTE – I’ve removed the Ask button from the header. I’m no longer taking questions. I’ll be answering just a few more and then this site becomes an archive and I begin to get my next project off the ground. More to come.