We love your style! So we’re going to hire you to do something completely different.
If this made you laugh, then these responses are going to hit home.
Ah the industry is a fun one! On one hand we get to thrive creatively, on the other hand all of us have to deal with the bad that sometimes comes with it. At least we can all laugh at it collectively! Let’s turn those negatives into positives… so we can laugh at our own misery. Misery loves company, and so here we are. I don’t know, just go with it.
No matter how long you’ve been doing this, chances are there are specific lines you just never want to hear from a client. We’ve all been through some of these situations.
I asked photographers and creatives to come up with some of their favorites, in the form of actual dialogue or through sarcasm, and they are hilarious(ly sad).
1. “If I pay half can we just cut down half of the photo’s?” – Bertina Bartlett
2. Client says, “I need these images retouched by tomorrow afternoon, I will send it now.” Client sends them the next day and keeps the same deadline. – Lauren Lesley Bubb
3. “Can you make that in Black & White , but leave my nipples in color.” – Danny Tan :
4. “Oh, no need to edit photos, we can handle that.” – Haley Rose Tetreault
5. “Hi Pratik, We found your work on Instagram and just love it. We are a new (Insert stupid company) and would love to send you our a free (Insert stupid product) All you have to do in return is take a picture of it and share it with your followers! What do you think?” – Toby Harriman
6. “I talked to that other guy and he takes like half of what you quoted with more stuffs to give.” – Akhilesh Singh
7. “Do you mind if I send over a link to my Pinterest board?” – Nicholas Gore
8. “Can we have the same pose as this?” Referring a portrait taken when the children are still toddlers… about 20 years ago. – Ghene Snowdon
9. “I need a photo…nothing great….just a picture…” – Kevin McGowan
10. “You can make me skinny right?” 300 lb client – Pat Black
11. “If you can go lower, we’ll definitely hire you.” – Avan Patel
12. “Can you just… turn her head around? She was looking the other way.” – Yash Singh
13. “I’d love to work with you!” I send over my rates. “Oh, I was wanting a TFP shoot!” – Julie Bearce Ray
14. “Please give me everything you shot from the night in raw- the bands prefer their own ‘retouching.'”
“I don’t give out raw files.”
“So can you just export them as JPEGs without ‘retouching?'” – Billy Murray
15. I “have to pay you, but if you put it in your portfolio, you owe me.” – Simi Jois
16. “Since your camera takes great photos, we don’t have to pay you a lot right? – Tony Pardi
17. “Can you photoshop a jacket on me because I wish I was wearing a jacket during the photoshoot.” – Anonymous
18. “You can shoot my significant other too, right?” Jose Luis
19. “Client books you. Client cancels shoot. Client shoots with another photographer. Client asks you to retouch photos because they suck.” – Anonymous
20. “I like the unedited one better” – Jeremy Dexter
21. Client before shoot: “You can take your time, we’re not in a rush.”
Client after shoot: “Can you send me the photos in 5 minutes? I want to use it now.” – Evilona Arts
22. “What plugin do you use to retouch?” – Evilona Arts
23. “I have an idea…” – Tancho Showa
24. Email after the job: “What’s the best camera and lens combo to photograph xxxx? And what light did you use?” – Kris Pueyo Fulk
25. “After this, can you also take a photo with this phone? – Chandana Venkatayogi
26. “Can you wait an extra month for your check?” – Mario Rafael Burgos Espeleta
27. “I have the same camera, why should I hire you?” – Erica Carr via her colleague
28. Just give me the pictures in color, I’ll put a black and white filter on them myself!” – Alex Buck Colding Jorgensen
29. “Hi photographer, My name is XXXXX, I’m a prince from Nigeria, and I love your work, I have an upcoming event that I need your services for, do you accept credit card, also because you will do a great job, I will make sure you win our lottery, just send us your social security number first so we can get you to shoot our event.” – Tony Pardi
30. “I just want light retouching, nothing expensive” – Me
For more, check out the full topic at the Facebook thread.
About The Author
Pratik Naik is a high end retoucher, photographer, and retouching teacher under his Solstice Retouch brand, he also runs the succesful retouchist blog. You can catch Pratik on social media on his Instagram, tumblr, twitter and facebook. This article was also published here and shared with permission
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