170 head and shoulder shots with no pay

Started Jul 25, 2014 | Discussions thread
ZX11 Senior Member • Posts: 4,433
Re: 170 head and shoulder shots with no pay

Richard Weisgrau wrote:

TomBas wrote:

My lovely daughter-in-law said she is looking for a photographer to shoot 170 head and shoulder shots of teachers for a year book. It needs to be done in one seven hour day and they cannot afford to pay anyone. I wished her luck but I was secretly glad we live 1,500 miles apart so I did not have to turn her down.

After reading the mostly condescending posts in this thread I am bit turned off by them. The OP's daughter-in-law is a teacher. She is not an administrator or financier. She is a teacher. They are the folks who help us become what we are. My wife was a teacher for 40+ years. She was the yearbook advisor for 2 years. She had no control over the the school's budget. Her job was to produce yearbook with students doing as much as possible. The senior portrait studio gave the school a 10% rebate on portrait sales. The admins spent that money on other budget items. The students sold yearbook ads, but they raise little $ these days.

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Richard Weisgrau

Oh, a teacher needs help changing her car brakes for 7 hours?  No problem.  Always glad to help a neighbor.

Help a bloated school system?  One that doesn't manage money well enough to provide a way to create a year book?  No way.  Pulling money from basics is an old school trick.  Then you can ask the community to provide those basics.  It is the oldest trick in the school management manual.

School leaders always throw out teachers to be the image when they grub for more money.  The education system is awash in money and it is never enough.  The prices just go up and money diverted.  So, schools give students laptops, iPads, and smart phones for education purposes.  Then build stadiums and indoor Olympic pools that cost hundreds of millions of dollars.  Always spending far more than tax payers can afford.  All in the name of education.

The plan from the beginning was to spend on other things and rely on freebies from the local photographers for the teacher photos.  The photographers would help them but they had to sell all their gear to pay their rising property taxes.  Good luck.

P.S.  I know there might be a school in real need but it is hard to separate it from my local rich schools that cry poor mouth just as hard.  Like separating the wheat from the chaff.

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