Studio Murder - Meet the Crew.

I work with a team of another three photographers out of Baltimore.  Together, we are Studio Murder.  You can find us at the Copycat BLDG.    They are some great peeps to work with, better people to hang with, epic people just to have the pleasure of knowing. 


 PK Brazil 

Lori Mar 

Trey Funktionhaus 

Let us know you are out there.  We're nice and non-violent.  

When & Why should a photographer or model get paid?

This is always a topic of discussion.  Bottom line, whether you are a model or a photographer, you end up paying when the other doesn’t want to work with you for free.  Rates will always vary and so will work.  Just because you are accomplished in any field, or have made significant investments, it does not mean you deserve to be paid, or by whom. 

Your rate is what you are willing to accept for that job, at that time, with that person/ concept.  We all have bills and we all need to eat, but it comes down to what’s it worth to you?


1.       You invest in all your gear.

2.       You may spend countless hours processing. 

3.       You may have spent years learning the craft. 

4.       You may have incredible references, unique qualities, or access to desirable resources. 

5.       You deserve to get paid. 


1.       Your bedside manner may not be for everyone

2.       Your priorities are not the models priorities

3.       Your reputation and work speaks for itself and it may not be saying much.


1.       You have the look and are willing to work.

2.       You may need a wardrobe to work with.

3.       You may need to learn makeup and buy supplies

4.       You may have incredible talents and the willingness to do shoots that other models aren’t. 

5.       You deserve to get paid.


1.        The photographer might not have to pay in order to shoot other models.

2.       Your rates are not equal to your portfolio.

3.       Your reputation and work speaks for itself and it may not be saying much.

Bottom-line:  You (photographers and models) need to consider more factors than just your own needs.  Focus on what you think will bring more offers to you, rather than being pissed off at the person you are trying to collaborate with. 

Areas to consider:

1.        Exposure.  What type of following do you have on social media?  In a way that is not bragging, how many followers do you have on Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, IG?  If you think you have a good following, post it on your profile.  Let your prospects see that you can provide them exposure.  There is a market for this. 

2.       Read and research your prospect.  Models often post what they want clearly.  Money, travel, apparel, publication…  Photographers are less specific in this area.  Ask them what they would from you if you really want to shoot with a particular talent. 

3.       Professionalism.  Reputation is key.  First impressions are key.  Most of our interaction these days first impressions are made in text, emails, and profile posts…  Spelling, what you post, and frequency, and what people have heard are what anyone has to judge all of you on.  It is called profiling. We all do it in order to fill in the gaps – the other 99.9% of who we are. 

Right, wrong, or indifferent, that is reality.  You get more information when you end up working with them.  If you work with them.  Big tip.  Use spell check and the right words.  If you aren’t good at writing, have a friend help. 

4.  The first to reach out to suggest a collaboration (if it involves compensation) has less bargaining power in the transaction.  Fact.  It indicates that they want what you can offer them.  

Book Recommendation on negoitiations:  Getting to Yes.

Thoughts?  Responses?  Let me know. 

John Dollarhyde