or was he? This has been eating at me. I had a government contract to do portraits of children. I met with the woman who hired me, agreed to terms and pay and scheduled a couple dates. Sadly the woman in charge of the project fell ill and went out for months. I wasn't canceled so I went to one shoot and worked the 6 hours. There was another photographer there (the one they told me they were trying to replace) but he didnt work, he just sat and talked to me. I got the feeling, although he has been doing it for 20 years, he really had no passion for it. He was nice enough, but I prefer to work alone. But he is in charge of sending out the photos under the new person in charge of the photos. So one of the terms, I was going to give them web-sized files and then they would buy prints from me and I would give them a reduced rate for buying in bulk. But at the end of the session he told me I needed to give him my RAW files. I kind of ignored him and called his boss. She said to just go by the lady who hired me. 15 minutes later I got another call from this man insisting he needed my raws so he could print. I told him no, I dont give RAWs to anyone and that wasnt what I was hired to do. It happened over and over, even a meeting face to face with the lady who was now in charge. She was very close to this guy and seemed to agree with me but take his side anyways but finally said to go with what I was told when hired. She kept booking me and canceling less then 24 hours before saying they had "contract" problems Final straw, even after they used some of my pictured for their original purpose, this man called me and said he needed my full sized edited files. I almost lost it on him, then called the lady and quit. I lost ALOT of money in cancled bookings and when I was hired I was told I would be working alot, I put off really launching my business so I would have the time to do this. It was a nightmare! lesson #1 dont work for a government agency that has the WORST reputation of all similar agencies in the country...its that way for a reason lesson #2 get it written in a contract BEFORE you do the work, even if you have a verbal agreement. lesson #3 dont be nice to "photographers" who are hanging out at your shoot...they dont need to be there and might be looking to take your work???? I just wanted to get it all off my chest and put a little warning out there for start ups like me. As it is, I have no idea if I am going to get paid the money they owe me (which is over $1000). Wish me luck! Can you take a governemnt agency to small claims court?