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« on: February 10, 2016, 12:46 »
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Our company is looking to hire some additional photographers. We have 2000 well known brand hotels needing shot. Email and send Portfolio link to Lisa.mckown@photowebusa.com if interested.

We will contact you if we are interested in your work and tell you more about us. PhotoWeb the premier hotel image service, providing the hospitality industry worldwide with the finest in video, photography and virtual tours, as well as a syndication service distributing images to over 30,000 travel and booking websites.
 
PhotoWeb provides five-star quality in everything we do. We only use our own hotel photographers and the very best equipment and we make sure our clients receive the highest-quality imagery.

We are currently looking for sub-contract photographers to join our growing team.

You must have experience with hospitality, real estate, commercial or architecture photography and able to provide samples of your work.

You must be available to travel extensively from May through October.
You must have a eye for detail and be well organized. 

Equipment Requirements:
- Full frame DSLR
- Wireless remote trigger
- Minimum 21 mp
- Wide angle (non fisheye) zoom that is at least 17 mm at widest  (16-35 or 17-40 most common)
- Telephoto lens capable of at least 200 mm
- Minimum 3 full-power wireless flashes on stands (power of the Canon 580 EX or Nikon SB910 at minimum)

Compensation:
Photo fee (Range: $350 per day)
Per diem (Maximum: $35 p/d)
Mileage for personal car (IRS rate is 54 cents p/m)

Photographers hired are required to attend our 3-day photographer workshop in either Denver/Atlanta to have hands on training. Food, lodging, travel expenses paid.
« Last Edit: February 16, 2016, 14:24 by lephotography »


« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2016, 14:05 »
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excluding the 6d? better cam than 5d3

« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2016, 15:10 »
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Per diem is food only? What about lodging? At the site? What about lodging between home and site?

« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2016, 01:59 »
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you should post that on flikr sites

« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2016, 15:03 »
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If you are required to stay longer than that day, Hotel is paid for and you get per diem for food during shoot days - based on receipts up to $35 day.
 

« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2016, 15:07 »
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excluding the 6d? better cam than 5d3
6D is close enough

« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2016, 15:11 »
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Per diem is food only? What about lodging? At the site? What about lodging between home and site?
If you require a hotel stay, it will be at the hotel you are shooting from and we pay for this. Your shoots scheduled will not be far enough apart to need a in between hotel.

ShadySue

« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2016, 10:46 »
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PhotoWeb provides five-star quality in everything we do. ...
We are currently excepting resumes for sub-contract photographers.
The second statement negates the first.

« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2016, 10:47 »
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PhotoWeb provides five-star quality in everything we do. ...
We are currently excepting resumes for sub-contract photographers.
The second statement negates the first.

 :D

« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2016, 11:05 »
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that day rate is very low. does it include just shooting days or shot and post processing days? how much are you charging the client for a shoot? how long is a typical shot list. you really should put a FAQ on your site

« Reply #10 on: February 12, 2016, 13:00 »
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PhotoWeb provides five-star quality in everything we do. ...
We are currently excepting resumes for sub-contract photographers.
The second statement negates the first.
That is why we screen our photographers reviewing their work before contacting them They have training to make sure they are doing the finest job possible. I figured stock photographers would be a great choice to find someone. But thank you for your input.

« Reply #11 on: February 12, 2016, 13:01 »
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that day rate is very low. does it include just shooting days or shot and post processing days? how much are you charging the client for a shoot? how long is a typical shot list. you really should put a FAQ on your site
Our photographers do not process the images, they turn them in Raw and our editors finish the images. So less work for the photographer. Most hotels required shots are 16 images.

ShadySue

« Reply #12 on: February 12, 2016, 13:15 »
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PhotoWeb provides five-star quality in everything we do. ...
We are currently excepting resumes for sub-contract photographers.
The second statement negates the first.
That is why we screen our photographers reviewing their work before contacting them They have training to make sure they are doing the finest job possible. I figured stock photographers would be a great choice to find someone. But thank you for your input.
I meant, obviously, that "excepting resumes" makes no possible sense, so your spelling is nowhere near five-star. And you didn't even notice when it was pointed out.
(Trust me, I'm a typo queen. But I never claim to be "5* in everything I do".)
And in case you still don't 'get it', you should have written, "accepting rsums"
« Last Edit: February 12, 2016, 18:47 by ShadySue »

Fudio

« Reply #13 on: February 12, 2016, 13:47 »
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that day rate is very low. does it include just shooting days or shot and post processing days? how much are you charging the client for a shoot? how long is a typical shot list. you really should put a FAQ on your site

I'm willing to work for less during January, February, and March! Caribbean hotels only of course. 5 star preferred but willing to consider 4 and a half if the buffet looks good. Sorry, I just heard there's another snowstorm coming our way. :'(

« Reply #14 on: February 12, 2016, 14:09 »
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This is a good opportunity for someone to make some money that needs it
« Last Edit: February 12, 2016, 14:21 by lephotography »

« Reply #15 on: February 12, 2016, 16:28 »
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that day rate is very low. does it include just shooting days or shot and post processing days? how much are you charging the client for a shoot? how long is a typical shot list. you really should put a FAQ on your site

It's not low if you get enough days booked. My daily rate is about the same with a company I contract with, but I book about 200 days a year with them every year. And I don't get my hotels paid for or per diem. It still ends up being a good living, making up about 60 percent of my income. It gels well with stock photography, which I can do at my own pace and schedule when I'm not booked.

And I have to do a whole lot more than 16 photos. Usually end up with 8-12 hour days when you include travel.

I would apply, but I haven't done a lot of architectural photography, and I'm only really available in the summers.
« Last Edit: February 12, 2016, 16:30 by robhainer »

« Reply #16 on: February 13, 2016, 02:46 »
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wow i am not getting this mockery. seems like a fair offer to me.  people are ok to shoot in their own time and then sell an image for 25 cent but then complain 350 dollar day rate is not good enough. if i had the time id definitely be applying.

Shelma1

« Reply #17 on: February 13, 2016, 06:07 »
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It depends where you're from and how experienced you are, I guess. $350/day is pathetic in New York, but might be great in Kansas, perhaps.

ShadySue

« Reply #18 on: February 13, 2016, 08:46 »
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wow i am not getting this mockery. seems like a fair offer to me.  people are ok to shoot in their own time and then sell an image for 25 cent but then complain 350 dollar day rate is not good enough. if i had the time id definitely be applying.

Hmmm,
1. When someone claims to be 5* in all they do, then immediately proves that not to be the case, amber lights flash. (BTW, there's also a redundant apostrophe in the OP, "we make sure our clients receive the highest-quality imagery.")
2. When they are sarcastic, and don't make things right when it's pointed out, loud warning bells sound about the way they might deal with associates.
3. Their day rate sounds OK to me, but I'm not in the US. However, the peevish and ungrammatical "This is a good opportunity for someone to make some money that needs it." (what does "money that needs it" mean?) sounds like they know it's below the going rate and they're targetting 'the needy'.
« Last Edit: February 13, 2016, 09:27 by ShadySue »

« Reply #19 on: February 13, 2016, 11:12 »
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are you really suggesting not to trust them over spelling mistakes? now ive heard it all.

ShadySue

« Reply #20 on: February 13, 2016, 12:39 »
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are you really suggesting not to trust them over spelling mistakes?
It's just a first amber light, like I said.

It gives a poor first impression of a company, that we have no previous experience of, which has arrived here looking for a professional partnership. It wasn't just someone rushing off a normal msg post.

It undermines their claim to be "5* in everything they do"(there are other spelling/grammar errors in the OP, I just pointed out the most egregious). The attitude when it was pointed out was ignorant (both literally and as used in the vernacular). Someone employed to communicate should have the necessary skills, in the same way as they want to someone a photographer with appropriate skills.

In the OP, it says "We only use our own hotel photographers" but also, "We are currently looking for sub-contract photographers.", which is contradictory.

Anyone thinking of taking this up should get their lawyer to fine tooth-comb their contract.

« Reply #21 on: February 13, 2016, 12:50 »
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somebody needs a hug  ::)

« Reply #22 on: February 13, 2016, 13:19 »
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The day rate sounds good to me too, especially with the extras.

« Reply #23 on: February 13, 2016, 14:44 »
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If I were in the US I would apply. Not sure where the negativity is coming from...

By the way, I'm a non-native English speaker and for a long time worked as an events organiser at a high profile venue in London. My grammar is not excellent, and I have a foreign accent. No clients ever doubted my competence and legitimacy because of it. Maybe it's different in the US.

Shelma1

« Reply #24 on: February 13, 2016, 15:09 »
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Your grammar is much better than many native English speakers'. ;)

« Reply #25 on: February 13, 2016, 15:54 »
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apparently only  native english speakers live in the US. have stock photographers become pathologically negative and paranoid?

« Reply #26 on: February 14, 2016, 21:52 »
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i live in Atlanta and this looks like a good deal, don't understand the negativity that's coming with it, how can I find out more about this?

Tror

« Reply #27 on: February 15, 2016, 00:09 »
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Is that US only or worldwide?

« Reply #28 on: February 16, 2016, 13:35 »
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Your grammar is much better than many native English speakers'. ;)
  LOL  Thank you.

« Reply #29 on: February 16, 2016, 13:45 »
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Is that US only or worldwide?
This particular position, we are hiring about 25 additional photographers to our team USA and Canada.
Although if we find someone exceptional, we do some amazing hotels in Europe and I am told we can pass any resume's on to the CEO as that is where he is in charge of our European accounts.

« Reply #30 on: February 16, 2016, 13:47 »
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i live in Atlanta and this looks like a good deal, don't understand the negativity that's coming with it, how can I find out more about this?
Email me at lisa.mckown@photowebusa.com and include a resume and samples in a drop box or a link to your portfolio.
Thank you for your reply. :)

« Reply #31 on: February 16, 2016, 13:55 »
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The day rate sounds good to me too, especially with the extras.
Have you applied? We are looking for photographers throughout USA and Canada to cover their areas. We have over 5000 hotels to shoot for this project and we will have more the following year. Its a great way of adding to your portfolio and makes you more in demand for your skills. Every thing is a stepping stone
« Last Edit: February 16, 2016, 14:11 by lephotography »

« Reply #32 on: February 16, 2016, 14:10 »
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that day rate is very low. does it include just shooting days or shot and post processing days? how much are you charging the client for a shoot? how long is a typical shot list. you really should put a FAQ on your site
For this project, we do all the post processing. You shoot and upload your RAWS by FTP. We are not charging for individual clients. This is a single project that includes over 5000 properties. The shot list depends on that particular brand of hotel between 16-36 required shots. Most fall in the 16 range.

« Reply #33 on: February 17, 2016, 12:36 »
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that day rate is very low. does it include just shooting days or shot and post processing days? how much are you charging the client for a shoot? how long is a typical shot list. you really should put a FAQ on your site

It's not low if you get enough days booked. My daily rate is about the same with a company I contract with, but I book about 200 days a year with them every year. And I don't get my hotels paid for or per diem. It still ends up being a good living, making up about 60 percent of my income. It gels well with stock photography, which I can do at my own pace and schedule when I'm not booked.

And I have to do a whole lot more than 16 photos. Usually end up with 8-12 hour days when you include travel.

I would apply, but I haven't done a lot of architectural photography, and I'm only really available in the summers.

Yes I have seen one of our photographers make over $9000 in one month. Not bad even though they were on the road most of the entire month. But if you think about it.. alot of our photographers choose to work alot for 6 months

« Reply #34 on: February 17, 2016, 18:58 »
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this if from a friend who has worked for this company...

I have done business with this company in the past. They are legitimate in the aspect of being an actual company who will pay you the amount stated for the work described. On the other hand, you will mostly shoot very low end properties and you have to constantly badger them to get paid (they promise 30 days but average 120+ days). The photographer turnover rate is very high due to the way they run their business (which is probably why they have resorted to recruiting on a micro stock site). I would describe my experience with them as negative.

Should you work with them? As long as you never give them priority over any other job on your calendar (they cancel/reschedule a lot), you don't take any job that is more than a couple of hours away from you (reduces out of pocket gas & food expenses where you wait forever for reimbursement), and you absolutely would not have to depend on this income to pay your bills (because you won't get paid on time).

« Reply #35 on: February 18, 2016, 06:01 »
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Hi, is this only in the US? I live abroad and I'm interested.

« Reply #36 on: February 18, 2016, 09:55 »
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Is the training free? Given the level of equipment and quality of portfolio you are asking what does it consist Of?

ShadySue

« Reply #37 on: February 18, 2016, 10:00 »
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Its a great way of adding to your portfolio and makes you more in demand for your skills. Every thing is a stepping stone
Does that mean the properties would be released for stock use, or released for personal portfolio use only?
« Last Edit: February 18, 2016, 12:03 by ShadySue »

« Reply #38 on: February 18, 2016, 11:06 »
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Is the training free? Given the level of equipment and quality of portfolio you are asking what does it consist Of?
Yes it is a 3 day workshop all expenses paid (hotel, flight, food)
One class day, One day at Full Service hotel with breakdown of required shots and how brand would like it shot
One day at Limited Service Hotel learning their required shot lists and their preferences on how it is shot.

« Reply #39 on: February 18, 2016, 12:01 »
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this if from a friend who has worked for this company...

I have done business with this company in the past. They are legitimate in the aspect of being an actual company who will pay you the amount stated for the work described. On the other hand, you will mostly shoot very low end properties and you have to constantly badger them to get paid (they promise 30 days but average 120+ days). The photographer turnover rate is very high due to the way they run their business (which is probably why they have resorted to recruiting on a micro stock site). I would describe my experience with them as negative.

Should you work with them? As long as you never give them priority over any other job on your calendar (they cancel/reschedule a lot), you don't take any job that is more than a couple of hours away from you (reduces out of pocket gas & food expenses where you wait forever for reimbursement), and you absolutely would not have to depend on this income to pay your bills (because you won't get paid on time).


We are actually turning to the microstock group because we are looking for high standard photographers to cover more areas. We had several photographers last year who got delayed payments .. but it was because those photographers failed to supply us with the correct number of images and / or went way beyond their deadline to turn in the images. Paying our photographers on time is a major priority for our staff .. however when a photographer goes a month or two without handing in their RAWs .. yes their payments will be delayed. Also .. if you are being paid to shoot 16 images of a hotel and you turn in 4 images that will delay payment until the job is finished.

Rescheduling is quite the opposite. A reschedule or cancellation can potentially cost the hotel thousands of dollars in preparation costs, etc. So, if you are a person who cannot commit to a shoot then this will not be a good fit for you. However, if you are a photographer who is organized, on time and likes to travel -- this is definitely a gig you will be interested in.

Our top photographer last season shot between May - October and earned $90,000 - and nearly everyone who shot for us last year is coming back this season.

With that said, we have received an amazing response from many photographers here on MSG with absolutely beautiful portfolios. We will be scheduling the entire season very soon so if you'd like us to review your portfolio ... better now than later. :)

« Reply #40 on: February 19, 2016, 12:17 »
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Is this a worldwide business or US only?

« Reply #41 on: February 19, 2016, 16:47 »
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Is this a worldwide business or US only?

See post 29.

« Reply #42 on: February 19, 2016, 17:17 »
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This is one step behind being a wedding photographer. Sorry but it sounds like hell. Would you really give up the freedom of stock photography to go out onto a conveyor belt churning out hotel pictures. One grotty room after the other speaking to bossy managers asking to take it this way and that... OMG stay away people!!!

« Reply #43 on: February 20, 2016, 09:04 »
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This is one step behind being a wedding photographer. Sorry but it sounds like hell. Would you really give up the freedom of stock photography to go out onto a conveyor belt churning out hotel pictures. One grotty room after the other speaking to bossy managers asking to take it this way and that... OMG stay away people!!!
The GM normally is there but they can't tell the photographer how to shoot the rooms because the company who is our client handles their image and websites and has a required shot list. Anything beyond that, that a GM wants done... Bonus! That means that particular owner wants to pay out of their pocket and you get a commission to do that shot along with their required shot list. 
I guess architecture or hospitality images may not be something you yourself do not want on your portfolio but there are many photographers that welcome this because it's a great way to add to your website to have another niche to make more money in your future. Architecture photography is in high demand in this day and age.

« Reply #44 on: February 20, 2016, 09:14 »
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This is one step behind being a wedding photographer. Sorry but it sounds like hell. Would you really give up the freedom of stock photography to go out onto a conveyor belt churning out hotel pictures. One grotty room after the other speaking to bossy managers asking to take it this way and that... OMG stay away people!!!

I'd certainly consider as a part time option ..... but I can see its not for everyone

« Reply #45 on: February 20, 2016, 09:16 »
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Is this every year - meaning once you are established you can opt in to do this each year for however many years you wish?

What if you are an accomplished photographer but have not done this kind of work before? Those types need not apply?

ShadySue

« Reply #46 on: February 20, 2016, 12:01 »
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this if from a friend who has worked for this company...


Should you work with them? As long as you never give them priority over any other job on your calendar (they cancel/reschedule a lot)

Rescheduling is quite the opposite. A reschedule or cancellation can potentially cost the hotel thousands of dollars in preparation costs, etc. So, if you are a person who cannot commit to a shoot then this will not be a good fit for you.
The italicised comment was about the companies rescheduling, not the photographer rescheduling.

« Reply #47 on: February 20, 2016, 15:25 »
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someone comes here offering a job,  at reasonable pay, nothing shady, take it or leave it, but for the love of god, people need to stop moaning,  *

« Reply #48 on: February 20, 2016, 15:39 »
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I'd give this a serious thought if I had already retired from my day job and decided some travel would be interesting. I'd consider doing travel stock photography to and from the site as well as in the site city. I'd be interested in how this works out so I could make plans in a few years.

« Reply #49 on: February 26, 2016, 11:51 »
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This is my last day reviewing photographers for this position. I want to thank everyone. We have had a enormous amount of photographers interested. I will be in the coming weeks looking for a few new remote editors, so I will be back to post for those positions. So despite some negative members, this was a success. Thanks to some of the members for your support.

« Reply #50 on: March 02, 2016, 10:17 »
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OK.. Any photographers that are European... if you have experience in Real Estate or Hotel Photography and you would be interested in this position.. you can send me your resume with your gear listed and your portfolio and I will get it to our European office for review. 

« Reply #51 on: March 03, 2016, 14:46 »
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Hi, I am interested if you have hotels in Mallorca / Spain. Where would I need to send my information to?

« Reply #52 on: March 07, 2016, 16:33 »
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Hi, I am interested if you have hotels in Mallorca / Spain. Where would I need to send my information to?

I do believe we do. Send your resume and portfolio and I will send it in the right direction to be considered.

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