So most of my jobs start with an email either from me to the client or the client to me. I hunt
for work quite a lot, if I’m not working it’s important for me to look for work, so I send a lot
of emails out hoping that maybe I’ll catch a job once in a while. Most commissions start like
Usually fee, usage, an outline of the topic and the size of the image is in the first email along
with turn around time which is probably one of the most important things. From that you
can start to gage if the money and topic is good and if the fee is representative of the
amount of work the client is asking you to do. After everything is agreed upon and I’ve
accepted the job the copy is then sent over.
If you're lucky sometimes you get
sent the full copy, other times due to the tight turn arounds with editorial you can sometimes
just get the first paragraph or maybe even just a brief summary of the article from the editor. I’ll then usually work up a minimum of three roughs, sometimes I’ll do more if I have more ideas for the image.