So, I recently got this email the other day from Terry Woodley, Fashion Magazine Editor to be their own on-going fashion photographer for multiple upcoming photography projects...
I saw your photography portfolio on Yelp, Your works are really impressive and would like to learn more about your services. I’m looking for an experienced photographer to work with on an ongoing blogging and articles.
I’m compiling shots for Fashion magazine “fashion page” segment and the online fashion magazine is looking for professional and reliable photographers who want to create stunning images to feature on our website. We are particularly looking for outdoor and urban looks.
If you’re interested in this project, it is important to understand few details about the project. These are:
1. You will be required to work with 2 models.
2. There will be 3 outfits per model, 5 looks for each outfit, which totals 30 looks/images.
3. Outfits/Wardrobe will be supplied by us.
4. Location, date, and time will be fixed by you.
5. We want 30 professionally taken pictures in High Res Digital Copies.
6. Delivery date: May 18th.
7. Compensation: $2200 ($700 upfront and $1500 final payment).
8. You will hold full image right (Licensor)
As the photographer we want you to handle other aspect of the gig and dictate the creative direction. If you can handle this, please reply with your full name/Business name (to be written on your payment and contract), phone number, and address. Click on the link for a sample of my work https://fashionmagazine.com/author/terry-woodley/ . I will forward a contract to be signed by both parties.
Right away I thought that this was a photography scam!
First of all, the email was sent from email@example.com. If Fashion Magazine is really the number 1 fashion magazine in Canada that they claimed to be, they should have at least their own domain name in their email. Why are they still using gmail.com?
This makes it more questionable right?
But then I thought, "why did they email me on my personal email and not on my photography professional email, firstname.lastname@example.org? They stated in their email that they found my photography business on yelp...
"Ok, that's cool... I do have a Yelp business account"
Terry Woodley included in the email that he would need to my Full Name, Address and Phone number to be written on the pay check and contract.
"Well... that's half of my bank account information right there!"
So I clicked reply and wrote back to "Terry Woodley"...
"Hi Terry, Thank you for this wonderful opportunity. I would love to be a part of this project! Please let me know what would be the next step. In the meantime, feel free to check out my portfolio/website down below."
Terry Woodley wrote back...
Thanks for the reply and the interest to work with us on this project. Your works are really impressive and aesthetic; I would like to work with you on this gig. There are few details you need to know...
An agency will provide a male and a female fashion model, makeup and hair stylists. The budget for the project is $5000 (photographer gets $2,200 and $2,800 for the talents). You will be paid $700 upfront plus the talents budget while your balance payment will be paid after sending us proof that the job has been done; usually watermarked images.
Photographers we hire usually take on the responsibilities of coordinating the shoot, selecting location, and disbursing fees. An advance payment of $3,500 will be issued prior to the shoot; this covers your $700 upfront and fee for talents’ fee payable to their manager."
...Ok??? Now he is asking me to hire the models, hair and makeup myself and pay them using the money that Terry Woodley is going to send me. The rates are looking very tempting! But let's review the very first email where he said, "Delivery date: May 18th." He sent the email on April 26th. PRESSURE!!!
Of course I wasn't going to let this go so I replied to his email...
All sounds good to me. I mostly shoot in natural light anyway so this isn't an issue. I can take care of the location of course and I can scout urban gritty vibe. So to clarify you will provide me with $3,500 budget which includes make up hair and stylist? Please clarify.
Is there a contract I can sign?"
ALWAYS ASK FOR CONTRACTS!
So I waited for my dear friend Terry for the contract. He also told me that in the meantime, I can start contacting the agency who can provide me with the hair and make up, models and assistants.
So I contacted Jordan: email@example.com at Kirk Talent. WHAT KIND OF CODE DOES THAT EMAIL LOOK LIKE TO YOU? ...and again, gmail.com domain.
I contacted Kirk Talent anyway... and Guest what? They have a website! SHOCKING! It looks so LEGIT! Well, maybe it is legit? I went on to their contact page and checked out their emails contact. Long behold, they have their own domain name. So why the heck our friend Jordan still has the gmail domain?
They sent me the contract, which looks so unprofessional and at this point, I stopped replying.
My conclusion is, receiving a huge amount of money and distributing the money to the other artists sounds very sketchy to me. Interac e-transfer scam 101!
Lastly, fashionmagazine.com clearly states on their website, that "Warning: If You’ve Been Asked to Model or Shoot For FASHION It's probably a scam"
Find our more info here: