The Photo Fund

2 months 3 weeks ago #671616 by MYoung
I was on the WPPI site to look at what companies were attending this year and came across one I had never heard of before.  "The Photo Fund".  

Now I have many people who I can't earn their business each year because they can't afford my services.  I'm kind of interested  in the idea behind this:  https://thephotofund.com/

But I have concerns, as a photographer would you get paid before the wedding, or is it riding on people who attend the wedding?  If before, then this seems like something that might be an alternative for those that can't afford my services.  

LOL as long as I get paid!  


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2 months 3 weeks ago #671631 by effron
Seems too good to be true.

Why so serious?
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2 months 3 weeks ago #671639 by MYoung

effron wrote: Seems too good to be true.



Agree, well yes and no.  If this works as it sounds, this will open up new business.  Just curious about the down sides. 


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2 months 3 weeks ago #671649 by garyrhook
Oh, puh-leaze.

Really? Someone is going to kick-start/go-fund-me their wedding photography?

Just... no. 


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2 months 3 weeks ago #671659 by Finn
I seem to recall another company tried this a few years ago.  Album Registry or something like that.


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2 months 3 weeks ago #671722 by Richard Taylor
Could work, just get paid before you lift a finger.  Pretty simple, and no different than what you are doing now.  


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2 months 3 weeks ago #671822 by Ian Stone
Get that cheddar!  

Hey it could work.  I actually like the idea of this.  Most you would think will get married once in a life time, and if they can't afford a good photographer, those memories are gone.  This gives a financially strapped marriage a chance at a kick start.  

I might be wrong, but that's my 2 cents.  


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2 months 2 weeks ago - 2 months 2 weeks ago #672115 by icepics
I'm thinking along the same lines as Gary, but then again, leave it to somebody to decide to go-fund their wedding!

This seems like it may be well intended but misguided. Go to the bottom of the site and read their info. I see problems in the Terms, etc. - the door seems open for others to take/use your work if you post/share so I'd be careful about that.

If there's a problem the only contact info. is a contact form on the site, and a P.O. Box. So if there's a lack of response, if they block your emails, etc. I don't know how you'd track them down (unless you want to drive to a small town in the middle of nowhere and hang out at the post office til somebody picks up their mail!).

This seems like there's no guarantee you'd get paid. I could see people offering to chip in for a b&g and not following through on it - and then what?? Would the b&g pay what's due? I doubt it, if they had the money they wouldn't be doing this. (edit - Found under FAQ 'What if the client doesn't raise...' that the photographer gets what's raised and is on their own to collect the balance.)

This website ownership is going to make up to $50 per month per photographer who signs up which seems like plenty of profit for not much, really...

Sharon
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