bobsy Posted July 19, 2013 Share Posted July 19, 2013 To: WebmasterFrom:---------------OrganisationLe Tour GuideTel Number--------------Message:Hi David,I wanted to get in touch as I am a great fan of your work andinstantly thought of you when discussing a project I am starting up.As you undoubtedly know, the Tour de France, one of the world'slargest sporting events, comes to Yorkshire next year with the 'GrandDepart' going through some of the regions finest villages, towns,cities and countryside. I am an author, columnist, journalist andtravel writer and my business partner (one of the UK's leading contentand marketing gurus) and I are setting up an exciting website thatwill be an 'Insider's Guide' to the region (a 'Le Tour Guide', if youwill), and aim to be the number one resource for the estimated 3mvisitors who will be descending on these parts next summer.This will not only include the 'insider's guide' places to eat, drink,sleep, etc. but also loads of essential information for anyone lookingto get more from the tour and their trip to the county - i.e.walks,cycle routes and places to watch the race. Broken down into keylocations on the routes, the site will be visually stunning andincredibly user friendly, showcasing exactly what there is to see inGod's County.Obviously a big part of the look of the site is going to be the photosof the key locations. Hotels, pubs, etc will have their own stockimagery we will utilise, but we are looking for a photographer with anexceptional and professional eye to capture the best shots possible ofevery location, as well as a series of general 'road shots' to dressthe route sections.We thought of you.The bad news is that we are running on a shoestring and, as such,there is no budget for a photographer. HOWEVER, the opportunity forexposure is massive. This will be a top ranking site. The sheer wealthof traffic that will be looking at your images is going to beenormous. This will be a gallery wall to millions and we will credityou fully for your work, providing links through to your site. We arealso in talks with national newspapers to create print pullouts of theguides, so your images may well end up gracing some of the UK'sbiggest broadsheets.In terms of doors opening and opportunities, it doesn't get muchbigger than this.The boon for you is that you probably have images for every locationalready. This wouldn't require any extra work.Anyway, do let me know if you're interested and maybe we can talkthrough.----- Here's my reply. Hi ------,Many thanks for your recent email regarding photos for the Le tour website. unfortunately (Much like yourself and your team, I would guess) I simply cannot afford to work for free. This is not the first time I have been asked to supply images with the reward being 'massive exposure' and in the early days I have even fallen for it a couple of times. It amounted to exactly zero. My images are already used in national newspapers, calendars, books, magazines, websites and advertising campaigns. I have won awards for my images in national photography competitions and my images get exposure because I have worked very hard and spent a great deal of money to get my website to rank highly in Google. I have spent many thousands of pounds on the best equipment and taken years learning how to use it to get to the stage where I am now.You say you 'don't have a budget' and you are 'working on a shoestring' WHY?If I want to advertise on this site, will it be free?If you would like to talk sensibly regarding putting together an image package for you, then I would be very open to negotiations and would be able to offer them at a fair price. As I live very near to key areas on the Le tour route, I would also be able to shoot images exactly to your brief.If you are interested, do let me know,Thanks and best wishes,David. I just can't believe people are still using the same old tired lines!!! http://davidspeightphotography.co.uk/ Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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