Inspire Me…And I’ll Shoot Your Project for Free

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The iconic, “Rooster.” ©prestonehrler.com

Have you ever noticed that once you decide to purchase a product or service, like photography, or a car, that once you do indeed make that decision, everything all comes down to price?  And when this is the case, bargaining turns any such transaction’s participants into commodities–the ugly bottom line.

And when there are millions of us, us being photographers, or truck drivers, or landscapers, or whatever the service, or product, it becomes a race to the bottom.  Lowest price wins, often regardless of all anything else..

And I’m tired of it.

Aren’t you?

Free Photography

You have a project or event that you need photographed professionally, right?  But the problem is, you don’t have the coin.  I understand.  The world’s a crazy-expensive place, where your monthly health insurance bill is probably as much as your house, if not more.

Regardless, here’s the deal:

If you inspire me, I’ll shoot your idea, event, or whatever for free.

Yes, you read that correctly. I’ll do the work for free.

What’s the Catch Dude?

Catches?  None.  Nada.  Zip.  Zero.  Zilch.

Of course there will be some fine print, like you pay for my transportation, etc, but the photography and post work is gratis.

Why Am I Doing This?

Why am I doing this?  Why throw away the opportunity for income?  Have I lost my mind?  Well, actually quite the opposite.  My answer is, because I love photography, and I love to be inspired.  To me, an un-inspired life, is, dare I say, a commoditized life, un-analyzed and boring, with days blending together, and droning on.

And I hate to be bored.  Don’t you?

Backstory

Perhaps this will offer further clarity:

A couple of months ago I was out shooting street photography in the Midwest.  Toward the end of the day I pulled into a gas station, where I noticed a biker who was filling up his Harley.  He looked tough and mean, but he was the perfect subject—grizzled and hard, with a unique look.  Yet, I didn’t think he would appreciate his picture being taken without permission, so I asked if he minded that I photograph him. Smiling, he said, “go ahead.”

He told me his name was “Rooster,” and I snapped away.  Getting into it, he even struck a couple of poses. His amiable reaction was far from expected. Finishing up in only a couple of minutes, I gave him my card and told him to email me if he wanted a copy of one of the images.

I never heard back.

Then, two days ago, he finally called, kindly asking if I could send a copy of the photo to his home.  I told him that the image, iconic in my mind, had become one of my favorites, and I would be honored to send it to him. But, I said, “I can get it to you right now by emailing it to you.”

After I got him the image, we spoke again and he said, “You really made my day. My mom didn’t have any pictures of me.”

Frozen, I did not know what to say. I could hear his voice crack from the magnitude of the moment. I was shaken and moved, and I’ll never forget it.

Inspire Me

So, if you want me to shoot your idea, or project or event, you have to move me, just like Rooster did.  You have to inspire me.  Tell me why it’s important.  How is this a good thing for everyone, or even just one person?  How will this one thing make an impact?  Images are powerful. And the question is, how will this change lives—even if it’s just one life. The impact can be large or small, but it must elicit a strong response.

If you move me, I’m there.

Contact Me

Use the form below to contact me, and don’t forget to be inspiring!

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