I'm not shooting professionally at the moment since I'm busy with my full time job but I just got a whole bunch on new goodies that I want to insured because knowing my luck something will happen. Where can I get insurance that would cover lost/stolen or damage equipment. I want to make sure I'm covered. I only need the insurance for my equipment.
not kidding. and we even filed an appeal at our agents suggestion (i said "we're nice to boudoir clients, we don't even rape them for the most part"). got a nice letter back saying that they didn't need sinners like us.
if they can find out from your web site that you shoot nudes then you could get cancelled immediately. at least that's what happened to us.
and state farm isn't the only insurance company with issues.
ForeverFotos wrote: You're joking, right? I have my equipment insured through them, they don't seem to care what kind of shots I take. Maybe you need a new agent?
Ok, I have State Farm also for all of my higher end equipment such as cameras and lens and what I shoot has never came up. Why would it matter? Shooting nudes is not illegal.
It's not a matter of legality . . . the powers that be at State Farm decided for 'moral reasons' not to do business with anybody that takes photos or videos of naked people.
My studio was insured by State Farm for 25 years with no problems. Then a few years ago they sent me an official notification that they were not interested in renewing my policy because of their new position regarding nudity.
Now I'm with Farmers Ins. and very happy with their service and prices.
A-M-P wrote: I'm not shooting professionally at the moment since I'm busy with my full time job but I just got a whole bunch on new goodies that I want to insured because knowing my luck something will happen. Where can I get insurance that would cover lost/stolen or damage equipment. I want to make sure I'm covered. I only need the insurance for my equipment.
I'm currently using Marsh (who used to do PPA's), and they offer insuring only equipment, so you would not need to pay for liability.
PM me if you need contact info, I have to go look it up and will likely forget to come back here.
For those mentioning State Farm, before I ever shot nudes, I asked them about adding coverage for gear and they said that if I got paid for just one photo, the claims person could deny the claim all together.
IMHO, best to go with a company that specializes in policies for photographers, otherwise you're running a greater risk, and the whole idea of insurance is to minimize/reduce risk.
If you are doing NO professional work at all, like nothing then you can get a camera floater policy to go with your homeowners or renters policy and they are very cheap, much less than any pro policy, just check to see what there definitions are and make sure that it is for replacement value. Call your insurance agent/company.
This is who I use. The policy is through The Hartford and in addition to covering equipment, there are provisions for errors and omissions, liability, etc. I am a PPA member also, but I have decided to keep my Hartford policy over the PPA insurance.
Stoke-on-Trent, England, United Kingdom
A-M-P wrote: I only need the insurance for my equipment.
As soon as you start earning from your photography it is likely that standard home policy cover will become void. If you are taking on any assignments it is becoming common in the UK for some places to require you to have £2m, £5m or even £10m public liability insurance - something that we caught from your side of the Atlantic.