I have this friend who's a really talented student fashion designer. We got to talking and the idea of me sponsoring her (so she can get her designs made) came up.
I'm totally happy to do this as her stuff looks like it could be pretty amazing (and I'd get to be the first to shoot it too).
I know a lot of you will bitch that the designer/retailer should approach the photographer to shoot their range and not the other way around, blah, blah, but I only do photography for fun so I have no interest in getting paid.
What I do have an interest in is seeing this stuff get made (it's that good).
The agreement is all very casual right now, but my concern is that if it takes off for her, where does that leave me? She seems concerned that she'll "owe" me despite me saying I'm happy just to see this stuff made.
So my questions is this: Is this just a friendship damaging trainwreck waiting to happen?
It could be, but there are ways to avoid it. Put your agreement in writing. If she is going to use your images for advertising she is going to need a usage license from you anyway. Wish you both the best of it!