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| p.1 #1 · Requiring invoice from Second Shooter |
I have seen lots of discussions here on FM about how to pay seconds. But I haven't seen the invoice one.
Over the past 18 months I have been the 2nd shooter 30+ times. As such, I have been paid every which way - cash / check on the night; check in mail; check with returned cards / drives; check but not to be cashed until date X; check with cash bonus / tip; and even one none payment. Obviously cash or check on the night is ideal.
However, in two of my last three weddings (i.e. two different photogs); at the end of the night, the primary stated that in order to get paid, I would need to submit an invoice!
Thinking the first one was just an anomaly - from an NYC based photog - it happened again at the weekend, this time in my own state (PA). To get my cards back, and to get paid, I would need to submit an invoice! This photog is very experienced - 500+ as a primary. Stated it was new thing for his studio.
Obviously sending an invoice is not a big deal, but it adds an additional step to something that was relatively simple - especially if paid on the night. It is also annoying not to get told of this payment requirement until the end of the night in the car park!
Is this a coincidence, or is it a new trend i.e. are primary's now requesting invoices before they will pay? Have other second shooters experienced this?