Reading the fine print – SWPP loses court case
SWPP loses court case brought by former member
Read the fine print when you sign up for things
If you want to join a professional business organisation, then do ask people what good they are for -your- business.
In my recent article on ‘How to become a professional photographer’ I noted that rather than join one of the photography organisations, I chose to become a member of the Federation of Small Businesses here in the UK, which is a general organisation offering benefits to small businesses (with the bonus that other members are potential clients)
Do read the comments below about the SWPP and their actions from a fellow member of the Ecademy professional photographer’s business club (unfortunately now defunct) concerning what happened when they tried to cancel their SWPP membership. I’m reminded that if you do decide to join one of the big photographer’s clubs, then as with anything, it looks worth reading the fine print…
The SWPP/BPPA is one of the UK’s professional photography organisations – unlike the majority, it is run as a profit making business.
Note – We received a rather unpleasant late night call from a Mr Phil Jones of the SWPP demanding we pull this story and threatening legal action.
They seemingly deny the entire content of the Ecademy thread, however were unwilling to provide any rebuttal or response when we offered them the opportunity. Whilst I consider their threat entirely baseless, this post was edited to remove direct quotes from the linked Ecademy thread, which I wholeheartedly suggest you read and make up your own mind.
There are still some comments online at DPReview
However, I note with interest Antoine’s comments below about the court judgement being on its way to the SWPP.
I’m minded to believe that the SWPP did indeed lose their court case and that Mr Jones was perhaps not fully aware of the facts when he took to telephoning me late at night.
Thanks too for all the messages of support from other photographers.
Update 2016: I’m still a member of the FSB, and still waiting to find one of the ‘Pro’ photographer groups that I consider worth my paying for. If you are looking for such a group, be sure to speak with other members about why they remain with it? I have addressed this issue in more detail in several of my Photography Business related articles.
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