Photography has been a strong hobby for me for a few years now, and I also have done several paid jobs including a few weddings, senior portraits, etc. In my FT job, I work as director of mental health crisis services for an agency, and have also done several photography jobs for this company. Recently, I was contacted by our HR person asking about me providing services for our company Christmas party. The agency wanted to hire me to take portraits for anyone interested. They were going to pay me $10 per couple in turn for a 5x7 print, and at last count had at least 75 interested. So I figure that would be a nice little bonus for myself at $9.50 per couple after getting the print, plus any additional prints that I sold on the side. We made this agreement a couple of weeks ago and today I get an email from HR manager saying that they decided to go with another photog b/c they agreed to give them #2 5x7 and could possibly also print them and give them to the couples by the end of the night. So, I've lost at least $750 on this deal and am a bit ticked that they continued shopping for a better price after making the agreement. Granted I did this a bit loose and didn't ask them to sign a contract or be paid up front, but at the same time, I've done probably a dozen jobs like this before for them. This will be the last time I do anything without a contract/agreement and upfront payment. Anything similar happen to others here, and if so how'd you respond/react?