« on: February 13, 2012, 04:11:20 AM »
Thanks for all the advice guys! However, I'm having serious second thoughts as to whether to go to the show at all now, after having just found out that the designers involved have no less than 50 (yes that's FIFTY ... five zero) photographers lined up to shoot for no pay. Also, all the models and makeup artists are working for free. The carrot that is being dangled is possible recognition as a model/MUA/photographer on Brazil and/or Italy and a remote possibility that the designers might purchase some of the very best images (although no mention of how much they'd be prepared to pay). Basically, I answered a casting call on a talent site, for photographers to shoot two OFF SCHEDULE fashion shows during London Fashion Week and was thrilled to receive a reply saying that the designers would love me to shoot for them. I felt honoured and privileged i.e. until I found out how many photographers they'd apparently sent the same reply to. Is this normal practice amongst designers at fashion shows i.e. to recruit 50 photographers and I don't know how many models and makeup artists to work for no pay or are they just trying to do things on the cheap? If you are in the know about these things, I'd really appreciate your opinion as to whether you think this is a genuine opportunity for a newbie photographer to the fashion scene to gain experience, possibly gain recognition and possibly sell some of the images to the designers ... or is it just the designers trying to do things on the cheap and lining up 50 photographers to make their show look bigger and more important than it really is? In short, are we all (models. makeup artists and photographers alike) being conned and exploited as gullible wannabes? Given that as the shows are late evening time and I'll not only have to foot the bill for my travel to London and overnight accommodation and meals in London I reckon I'll be out of pocket to the tune of a few hundred pounds. I'm not really stupid enough to believe that I'll be "spotted" or that I'll sell any of my pictures to the designers, but would it be worth going just for the experience alone? I'd really appreciate some advice from anyone who has inside knowledge of the fashion industry or has experienced a similar scenario.