Inside Music Photography: Getting Paid And Managing Approvals

February 25, 2016


When Shawn Brackbill shot Beach House, the band selected which images were used. Brackbill says, “That was a situation where the band was in control,” rather than their label.

Though music photographers are landing assignments through referrals from musicians or their managers, the labels typically pay photographers’ fees and expenses. That can make the question of who has final say over photo selection tricky. Photographer Shawn Brackbill notes, “Sometimes the images might go through the artist first and then the label. Sometimes everyone gets the images and the artist...

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