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Photographers, Springfield Park Board Compromise on Fees

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Springfield-Greene County Parks Board finds a new solution for professional photographers who said pretty pictures taken in parks were costing them a pretty penny.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Springfield-Greene County Parks Board finds a new solution for professional photographers who said pretty pictures taken in parks were costing them a pretty penny.

"It's so embarrassing to be taking pictures of a client and get called on it. How great it will it be to be able to say, 'No, I'm good. Flash a badge, I'm good,'" photographer Michelle Cramer said.

Cramer is glad the parks board recently voted to change a fee scale for professional photographers.

A $25 fee imposed on professional photographers who want to use area parks as backdrops for photo shoots. The fee does not apply to amateur photographers.

"It's not a very well known policy, and even internally there were some irregularities about whether it was an hourly or a daily permit," Jenny Fillmer Edwards, of the park board, said.

Some confusion about whether the fee applied per hour or per day, plus a proposal by a group of photographers, prompted the board to introduce a yearly $150 permit.

Cramer thinks the yearly fee will give more distinction to professional photographers who will respect the environment they work in.

"We're going to publicly proclaim: 'I'm taking care of the environment that I'm using for my pictures," Cramer said.


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