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Hired by a player to take photos
Tod Gomes, Photographer
Pleasant Hill | CA | USA | Posted: 8:17 PM on 11.17.11
->> I have been hired directly/privately by an NFL player to take action photos of him during a home game. I have been credentialed at this stadium once before and have also been denied credentials at this same stadium for BS reasons ("news paper too small", "we don't credential freelance").

Can anyone tell me if they have had any luck with this since this assignment is not working for a wire or "big" newspaper and the best way to go about requesting it? Should I just have the player send the request?

I have the correct contact person for this stadium and thier information.

Thank you for any input/advice you have.
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Dave Prelosky, Photographer
Lower Burrell | Pa | US | Posted: 8:23 PM on 11.17.11
->> I'd vote for having the person - the player - who created the assignment work out the credential details with the team PR staff. If he wants you there, and the team agrees, it should be a piece of cake. Otherwise you could be scalping tickets and using a kit lens from the stands....
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Mark Sutton, Photographer
Herndon | VA | USA | Posted: 12:29 AM on 11.18.11
->> I'm not sure if the NFL allows this type of coverage to happen. I would check with the marketing department to make sure.
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Michael Fischer, Photographer
Spencer | Ia | USA | Posted: 5:02 AM on 11.18.11
->> What Dave said.Let the player do the heavy lifting.... I don't think you'll have a problem .
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Michael Granse, Photographer
Urbana | IL | USA | Posted: 8:24 AM on 11.18.11
->> I also agree with letting the player handle this. As for being denied credentials in the past, I think you will find that "paper too small" and "we don't credential freelancers" is fairly standard practice across the country.
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Randy Abrams, Photographer
Bath | NY | US | Posted: 12:33 PM on 11.18.11
->> So basically you are selling the images to the player? Isn't there some legal issues (I don't shoot pro level sports so I'm not entirely sure) here? I mean the team has an official photographer I'm sure. Why wouldn't the player just go to the official photographer and say, "hey, can you get a few extra of me?"
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Tod Gomes, Photographer
Pleasant Hill | CA | USA | Posted: 1:06 PM on 11.18.11
->> Thank you for the replies. I will have the player send this request and go from there.

Thanks Michael for the info on "standard practice across the league". It is good to know, but I guess frustrating when I know a handful of others who state this ("they are a freelance photographer") openly and have no problem getting "regular" credentials according to them.
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Bob Ford, Photographer
Lehighton | Pa | USA | Posted: 1:14 PM on 11.18.11
->> Tod, the common practice for the NFL, and all other pro sports, is that the teams will credential the publication, not the photographer. So if a freelancer had a job to cover a game for a certain publication, the publication would apply for credentials under the photographers name.

If you're saying that the handful of others are getting their credentials by applying for them themselves without a publication I'd be very surprised.
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Aaron Babcock, Photographer, Photo Editor
Lincoln | NE | | Posted: 5:37 PM on 11.21.11
->> I used to work as the media relations director for a pro team. The response will vary by team, but if a player had asked me for that, I would have advised him to use our team photographer. However, if he has a specific project he's working, like a personal website, etc., and he really lobbied for it, we wouldn't say no. Players usually get want they want from the organization. I have no idea if that's any help.
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Mark Loundy, Photo Editor
San Jose | CA | USA | Posted: 6:32 PM on 11.21.11
->> Tod,

The player should be making the access arrangements. This is a commercial shoot, not editorial. You're shooting in the client's venue.

--Mark
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N. Scott Trimble, Photo Editor
Kirkland | wa | USA | Posted: 6:48 PM on 11.21.11
->> Agreed, you should tell your client (the player) to make the necessary arrangements for the shoot. I would also not to him to make sure there isn't an issue with HIS employer! And get it in writing above all!
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