Heather Elder Represents 9 commercial photographers, hosts a stock inspiration website, a
blog, and consults with a variety of photographers nationwide. She’s written an open letter to Art Buyers that deserves the attention of both photographers and art buyers. I’ve highlighted the lead sentence in each of her 8 points. It’s worth a read here.
1) When I ask you for the budget, please know that I am only trying to get an idea of how to approach the project.
2) If I ask you who else we are bidding against, it is ok if you don’t want to share that inform But if it doesn’t really matter to you, then I could really use the information.
3) If you ever have feedback for me about the book, the site, the call, the estimate; any of it, I would really be appreciative.
4) If I am just a third bid, please let me know.
5) When we are not awarded the job, please let me know right away.
6) I so appreciate when you let me come to your agency to brag about our photographers.
7) I also appreciate when you spell out your expectations for a portfolio show – especially when it comes to what will entice the creatives.
8) Please do not get annoyed with me when I send email blasts. I know, I know you get so many. However, these are one of the only measurable forms of communication we have nowadays.