Should you work for free?

Should you work for free diagramEvery time I go to my partner’s parent’s there’s a piece of paper on their fridge that says ‘should I work for free’? They are both Musicians in their own right, they make money from their talent and this always gets me thinking about this stigma in the creative industry.

Whether you’re a blogger, photographer or musician you would have been met with a request to work for free like “you can bring your camera along”, “It’s great experience”, “We don’t have the money but…” or “I can credit you”, the list is endless. Remarks like this are why it’s becoming increasingly difficult to create an art that people value. It begins to doubt your worth. For a creative, there is so much time and work that goes into the final product, that not many people realise, the practising, the research, the editing.

I’m not saying you should never work for free. There is so much tension around not being paid, many believe it belittles your skill, puts others out of business and creates excuses for sub-standard work. Others believe that it is the only way to get exposure and experience in the industry.

For me this is a grey area, I have worked for free a very long time ago, I learned a lot and gained a lot of experience, it also brought me repeat work and a loyalty. However, as a photographer you are constantly met with “that doesn’t fit our budget” or “it’s just clicking a camera” and this is just degrading, it questions their value.

With a photoshoot, you are paying for the photographers time, their skills and their product. You don’t question a Vintage Wine’s price, you appreciate the time it has matured and then the final product.

It’s important to establish the benefits to you. Be respectful of the request, but respect yourself too. How would this affect you? Would it bring you more business in the long run or allow you to progress further in an area? Also, respect someones choice to work for free, it’s their time, their skill.

Have respect for creatives, they don’t work 9-5, they’re brand/skill is their life. If you’re friends with a creative, don’t expect their services for free, treat it as a surprise if they were to offer. At the end of the day, you are providing the services, you have to weigh up the options that work for you.



How do you feel about working for free?


Jade and Tom’s Wedding

wedding portrait of bride and groom with confetti

On Friday 16th September last year, Jade and Tom tied the knot, and I was the lucky one allowed to capture their special day! This post marks their one year anniversary, congratulations to you both.


bride and groom kissing while friends cheer

Childhood sweethearts, these two have been together since Secondary School. What an achievement in itself! As well as this, all their friends, from their childhood that have seen them grow up together, helped create such a special day for them both.

4 bridesmaids react to seeing the bride on her wedding day in black and white

Mary Berry eat your heart out!

Naked Wedding Cake wit red berries on top

Bride vs groomsmen for the groom

Situated in the heart of Wiltshire. Wellington Barn provided the perfect backdrop, with acres of fields, beautiful views and a stunning venue to work with.

wedding sunset portrait with bride and groom

Make-up by Freya Pixie Makeup Artist

Hair Styling by Sian Hadden Hair Stylist

Wild wedding bouquets with a vintage filterBride throwing her bouquetwedding sunset portrait with bride and groom kissingBlue bride shoes inspired by sex and the city

Andrew & Pia – A year of marriage

It’s crazy to think it’s been a year since Andrew and Pia got married, a lovely celebration and a big day everyone had been waiting for. To mark their anniversary I wanted to look back on their happy day and see how their first year as man and wife has treated them.


Black and white bride and groom portrait

What was your favourite part of your big day?

Andrew: “When Pia walked through the door.”

Pia: “When I was standing there with Andrew, it was like I didn’t need to think about a thing. He also gave me a massive bear hug when they pronounced us as husband and wife which made me feel so safe.”

Do you have any advice you would give your past selves or anyone else about to embark on their own wedding?

Pia: “Don’t stress, at the end of the day everything will happen, and because you are marrying the right person you will have a lovely day whatever happens.”

Andrew: “Plan and make several lists in time order, also buy plenty of alcohol. Remember: you’re not marrying a cake!”

How has the first year gone by for you?

Andrew: “It’s been fantastic!”

Pia: “Nothing has really changed, just a sense of calming and a feeling of security and safeness.”

What have you learnt from each other in the last year?

Andrew: “Pia farts!”

Pia: “She can’t post that! What I have learnt is that it is possible to feel complete.”

What has changed since you’ve been married?

Andrew: “Nothing has changed, just a continuation of how it was before we were married, you just feel more complete. It’s the natural progression of a good relationship.”

Pia: “The ceiling needs painting Love.”

You did buy a cat, Eva, as a wedding present to yourself…

Andrew: [Chuckles]”Big mistake…”

Pia: “She is both of ours then – she’s crazy, lovable and fits in our home perfectly. We’ve been through some troubles since we’ve been married and if it was possible it brought us closer together, things have happened and we’ve been a huge support to each other.”

What advice would you give people about to celebrate their first anniversary?

Pia: “Don’t overthink everything, nothing needs to be perfect, keep things simple.”

Andrew: “Everyday is an anniversary.”

What were your favourite images from the big day?

Pia: “I have two; the one of George and I, even though he did drag me down the aisle, and Andrew and me hugging – we didn’t realise you were taking that and it just captured the feeling that in that moment all that mattered was Andrew and me.”

Andrew: “This one was mine”

Black and white bride and groom portrait

Photographing their special day was a pleasure and I wish them many more happy years together.