A Look Back – Cheryl Hnatiuk 2012

An ongoing series of (unedited) videos from NPAC’s annual Photojournalism Conference.

After working as a photojournalist for the Toronto Star and Montreal Gazette, Cheryl Hnatiuk now teaches yoga, works as an occupational therapist in a rehabilitation hospital in Winnipeg and continues in photography. Through study, observation and practice, Cheryl has gained an appreciation for how a balanced and healthy lifestyle can support wellness.

In 2012, Cheryl spoke about health and wellness for photojournalists and how to overcome some of the physical and mental stress that comes with the job.

(Video – Ryan Jackson)


Freelance Business: An Introduction to Contracts

When you shoot an assignment for a client, do they have to pay you?

Not necessarily!

Did you tell them, in advance, that they have to pay you or did you assume a cheque would magically appear in your mailbox?

Newspaper staff photographers automatically get a paycheque every week whether they need it or not. :-) But self-employed photographers get paid only if they have an agreement or contract with their clients.


A contract is simply a legal promise. The photographer promises to provide certain photo services under certain conditions and the client promises to pay for those services. If one party doesn’t live up to its promise then it can be sued for breach of contract.

Contracts can be verbal, electronic or printed on paper. While all are valid, a paper contract is easiest to prove. Contracts can be long or short, printed on fancy paper or scrawled on a napkin.

The purpose of having an agreement or contract with a client is to make sure both parties agree about an upcoming photo assignment. Never assume that a customer thinks like a photographer or even understands what a photographer does.

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