Right Moves: Studio Sitting

Myrna Kresh

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've been asked to studio sit while my photographer is out of town for two weeks. I would love to use the time after work hours to do some shooting for myself in his studio using his equipment.

This is a major opportunity for me and will take no time away from my work days. I just don't feel comfortable asking, because it feels like I'm "using" his personal travel time for my own benefit. He SHOULD say "yes" but, if he doesn't, what a wasted opportunity for me! He almost NEVER takes vacation.

Free space is a terrible thing to waste.

Conflicted in Los Angeles

Dear Conflicted,

You absolutely MUST ask your photographer if you may use his studio and equipment after hours when he's vacationing. You ARE using his being away as an opportunity to make pictures with his equipment! What's wrong with that?

 Wrong is not asking for his permission. There are issues of insurance, liability for his space and his equipment, as well as wear and tear on his equipment that you are choosing to ignore. ASK HIM. I'm betting he'll say "fine" because it empowers him to be generous without it costing him real dollars.

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



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