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KrisVlad
Krasimir S. Vladimirov
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I climb the corporate ladder during the week and take photos during the weekend.

Would you work for free?

Journal Entry: Fri Mar 15, 2013, 8:00 PM
I read an interesting article regarding freelancing recently that got me pondering. The interaction occurred among journalists, but it also applies to all creative mediums. Freelance writer Nate Thayer was asked by The Atlantic to write a blog post for free. The initial correspondence letter said "We unfortunately can't pay you for it, but we do reach 13 million readers a month," said the editor in her email to Thayer. He firmly replied "I am a professional journalist who has made my living by writing for 25 years and am not in the habit of giving my services for free to media outlets so they can make money by using my work and efforts by removing my ability to pay my bills and feed my children. Frankly, I will refrain from being insulted and I am perplexed how one can expect to try to retain quality professional services without paying for them." I read that with a big grin, because I wholeheartedly agree.

Would it make sense to ask your mechanic to work on your car for free? Would you look him in the eye, with a straight face, and tell him that his compensation would be the ability to have his work shown to others as you drive down the street? I have lost track of how many times someone has approached me and asked if they could use my work for free. They always use the same tired excuse too - something along the lines of "I can't pay you, but it would be a good reference..." That is absolutely insulting. That is not a "great opportunity." That is pure exploitation. 

This happens way too often to all artists of all mediums - illustrators, graphic designers, photographers, web developers, etc. Every amateur can use some experience, but that does not mean one should give their hard work away for free. Your art is a contribution to society. Being paid allows you to make that contribution to society. If anyone ever tries to pull this crap on you, be firm and stand your ground. 


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"I climb the corporate ladder during the week and take photos during the weekend." Reverse that, and you'll be the happiest man ever. :-)

More seriously: you've got only a few shots so far to display here, but they are all awesome; and of stunning perfection. So, maybe my hint at reversing your current fortunes may very well meet your true talent, one that is so promising, you could only excel, I  believe. :-)

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KrisVlad Feb 27, 2014   Photographer
Thank you for the kind words! I'm glad you like my (albeit small) gallery. I like photography, but I love working in the financial services industry. Helping others achieve financial security and independence makes me happy.

The commercial aspect of Art kills creativity. At a certain point, you don't get to shoot what you want to shoot. You shoot what others tell you to shoot. I don't like that. In addition, the constant need for marketing and acquiring clients is exhausting.
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This makes a lot of sense, and you mention a few simple truths concerning photography as well.

Glad you like your daytime/weekdays job to the point where you really put your heart into it. This makes all the difference; actually, it IS the difference. :-)

My best to you, Kris, and I hope you'll find plenty of time to go after photography the way you already did: to get perfect, tasteful, astonishing shots.

We surely enjoy them! :-)
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KrisVlad Mar 2, 2014   Photographer
That means a lot, man, thank you! You are right that working can sometime limit the time you can devote to your hobby. You have to find time to do more of what you love!
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KrisVlad Feb 14, 2014   Photographer
www.businessinsider.com/nate-b…

Note to self, best relationship advice ever.
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KrisVlad Feb 14, 2014   Photographer
www.llbean.com/llb/shop/507812…

Not to self: Wrinkle-Resistant Shirts for work!
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Catherine-PL Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! I finally painted promised snow leopard
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Thank you for writing to me about your photo! :)
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KrisVlad Feb 12, 2014   Photographer
Those intergalactic colors look SOOO good! I'm impressed again.
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