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Right Moves: Moonlighting



Myrna Kresh, has 30 years of experience working with emerging and established photographers. Formerly the Executive Director of the Advertising Photographers of New York, Myrna energized and expanded APNY’s Assistant and Emerging Photographer Programs and has a profound understanding of  what it really takes to make it as a pro. Myrna is an industry insider, producing and representing visual artists, in their commercial and personal projects.



Dear Myrna,



I assist a busy product/tabletop photographer in New York. He works every day. He's like a machine. One of his clients has asked me to photograph some personal product shots for him outside the studio. It would be for very little money and I don't think my photographer should mind as it's on my time, outside the studio. BUT it is his client. I'm thinking it may be better nit to mention this little outside job as I don't want my photographer thinking I encouraged his client to offer me work. It would be much needed extra money for me, so please do not tell me to say "NO" to the client.

Tempted in New York

Dear Tempted,



This is a predicament. On one hand you lose money and on the other hand you may undermine the relationship of trust you have with your photographer. Ask the client to ask your photographer if it would be OK for you to do some personal work for him outside his studio. If your photographer says ""no" use it as insight into how insecure he must be. If he says “yes” you’ve made extra money without any deception by omission. 



Either way, you win.

To submit your advice questions to Right Moves, send an email to myrna@myrnak.com.

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