Hard to manage clients

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  1. rub

    rub TPF Noob!

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    Any tips on dealing with hard to manage clients?

    I broke the cardinal rule, and did work for an old friend. They booked the minimum package, wanted more time and were unwilling to pay for it. I ended up with another photographer taking photos over my shoulder all day.

    They then asked what free prints they get, (there contract says none) and then tried to purchase a portrait session DVD (for a fraction of the wedding DVD price). After being told that wasn'tan option, they didnt follow ordering instructions (they were pretty straightforward - add to cart) so now I have a $10,000 order on my end (that is worth $250).

    And to top it off they emailed asking for all the unedted files to be included on the DVD. They booked me for 2 hours and paid $250.

    I want them to be happy - I really do, but I think I might be outta luck on this one. There is no way in hell I will give my RAW files, and I weeded through them for poor composition, soft focus, exposure probs etc. They received 200 photos in the gallery.

    What can I do?
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    Refer them to the terms in your contract.
     
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    Just Tell them
    "I am trying to run a business, not a Charity, I'm sorry but i need to make a living too, if you went into a grocers and you were friends with a supervisor who worked there, you wouldn't get your items half price."
    and if they decide not to pay what your wanting (for what you will give them) contact a lawyer and take the Necessary force needed.
    Otherwise don't give them ANYTHING at all just tell them that if they are un-willing to pay then stuff it, the images are going into stock sharing websites

    That is why you should request the money 7 - 14 days before the shoot
    also make your B&G sign Model Releases incase of this type of situation so you can still make your money for your time
     
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    I would just kindly point out the terms of the contract they signed, and that by signing they agreed to those terms. Honestly, I wouldn't bend at all on what the contract says, because as soon as you deviate from that you show them that the contract is a suggestion rather than a contract.

    As far as wanting them to be happy, I *might* apologize for their confusion, just to keep on good terms with the friend, but would take that opportunity to point out that the reason for the contract before hand is to prevent these issues in the first place.
     
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    Thanks for the feedback.

    I should state that I was paid upfront for the time, and the contract said that there package contained no prints, just time and online hosting, plus 10 low res watermarked images for sharing.

    I am not so concerned with the time overage, although I should be -I have a rate - I should stick to it. Its just the constant feeling I am getting from them, like I somehow ripped them off and they aren't getting whats rightfully theirs.

    Does 200 images for that timeframe seem too low?
     
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    Kristal, you've been getting a lot of these lately haven't you? =P
     
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    its the same one, just over and over and over again ;)
     
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    It is? Yeesh. At that point I'd just refuse to work for them citing prior disagreements. o_O
     
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    rub TPF Noob!

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    I most definatelt will be already "booked" if they ever call again. Just goes to show me once again: a) dont do business with friends and b) avoid the cheap clients
     
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    Totally agree. That is the whole purpose of a contract. If they want it there way, tell them to go to Burger King.
    Business is business, no matter who the client is. When I shoot friends, I make them sign the commercial contracts instead of the personal contracts. I go over each and every line and they initial each section and sign the bottom.
    A well written contract with all the points covered leaves no room for misunderstood expectations.
     
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    Yes, the contract is a must, but some people just feel like it doesnt apply.
     
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    Or they don't even read them.. like they're thinking, "Oh she's my friend, She'll take care of me"

    I hope I never have to go through what you have Kristal =P
     

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