Joy Yagid

I photograph weddings, bah mitzvahs and families on weekends. During the week, I photograph events for companies and universities, take headshots for professionals, shoot homes for real estate agents, write hyper-local news pieces and teach photography. I create a bit of video, too. When I’m not with my camera, I’m with my Mac, editing everything.

For me, the great thing about being an independent contractor is the work-life balance. I like the autonomy, and I like that I’m able to do my work while also caring for my family members.

Why I’m so scared: If S863 (formerly S4204/A5936) becomes law, then I’m going to have a bunch of gun-shy clients that won’t want to deal with figuring it all out, or risk being penalized. They’ll just stop hiring me. And I’ll be unable to hire second-level photographers as freelancers; I can’t afford to do that, and they don’t want to work full-time for me, anyway.

All of us will lose our clients. We’re just going to outright lose everything.