I am an event photographer. A venue contacted me about covering an upcoming show.
Client: We love your work, and would love you to take on this project.
Me: Awesome, here is my quote and a few additional options. Once I receive a deposit & signed contract, I will reserve the date.
Client: Wow, that is pretty expensive. We were thinking you could come cover the event in exchange for some drinks & exposure via our various social media sites. It would be well worth the investment of your time!
Bear in mind, this venue charges $30-$40 at the door, plus $15-$20 per drink and $1800 for bottle service/table and it is packed to capacity of 800+ people almost every event. Their social media also proudly proclaims to “support artists.”
Me: How about we just exchange services instead? I will invite all of my friends for a private event in your venue and everybody can drink for free all night. Think of all the exposure you will get from the various social media accounts!”
Still haven’t heard back.