We were scouring this AskReddit thread for stories of wacky photography session stories, but all we found were tales of entitled Instagram "influencers" who offered nothing but insultingly low pay rates and broken promises of Internet exposure...which is a lot, lot worse. Vote up stories of the most entitled photography clients below.
- 11,036 VOTES
From Redditor u/Amuro_Ray_Gunner:
Had an "influencer" try to set up a shoot with me. When I mentioned my price she was shocked because she was under the assumption that I was going to pay her for some reason.
From Redditor u/Arrowtica:
I work at a hotel and its un-f***in-believable how many of these dips***s want to stay for free in exchange for a post. Our marketing research shows they have almost 0 return on investment.
From Redditor u/isleno:
Ask them to pay full price but that you'll give them discount vouchers for their followers to redeem at your hotel and they will be reimbursed based on the number of vouchers redeemed. Easy to tell and control your return on investment there.
- 21,042 VOTES
The Absolute Nerve
From Redditor u/Itz_Hamfish:
Had someone ask for me to do a videography shoot of their new house being built. They said $200, but they wanted me to go each weekend for 2 years and shoot it to build up a time lapse and stuff. I definitively said no
- 31,354 VOTES
Here's A Happy Ending
From Redditor u/ThatOneDudeWithAName:
Not a photographer personally but a few of my close friends are. My friend—we’ll call her Sara—is a pretty successful photographer for only being a college student. About a month ago, Sara and I were meeting up for lunch at our university’s food court and she's fiddling with her cameras, prepping them for a big shoot she has that night, when this very attractive girl walks over and starts chatting us up. She makes a few minutes of casual conversation, mostly inquiring about Sara's cameras, and then finally asks if she’d be interested in doing a shoot. She immediately throws her pitch, which had to do with modeling some very risqué outfits up in the mountains just outside of the city and then a few photos directly in the center of downtown. Overall, the whole pitch was something that bordered very close to being pornographic in nature. Sara tells the girl her typical rates and also states that because of the nature of the shoot, she’ll have to charge extra as it's not something she typically does or is super comfortable with.
The girl's face when Sara mentioned the price went from enthusiastic to very “are you kidding me?” She then butts in and says “I have over 85k Instagram followers. Do you know the kind of exposure working with me would give you? This is a once in a lifetime chance for you.” Sara responds, telling her that she's an in-house photographer for 3 of the city's largest concert venues, works as a photographer for the newspaper, and is a highly recommended wedding photographer on top of it all. “I don’t work for free.” My favorite line she said during this was, “I work with people much more famous than you on an almost daily basis. I’ve shot photos for Marilyn Manson, Motley Crue, Shania Twain, Post Malone and a bunch of other musicians that come through and was paid for all of it. Your exposure isn’t worth anything to me.” After that, the girl got really upset and walked off.
- 4983 VOTES
That's $5 An Hour...
From Redditor u/j_d1996:
Had someone ask me to do more than a week of videography for them and create a promo video for $200... not a day... for the whole week.
From Redditor u/iasserteddominanceta:
Assuming 8 hours a day, 5 business days, that would come out to $5 an hour. Jesus Christ, that’s less than minimum wage. The entitlement of some people.
From Redditor u/j_d1996:
When I said no they said they had tons of people that would do it for free... Then I politely told them to go with the free one (that definitely exists)
- 51,046 VOTES
From Redditor u/RennyMoose:
I do documentary film and I had a non-film job in college and I met this lady who was maybe 30 ask me to do an "Instagram video like this" and she showed me a professional video-shoot done with a greenscreen, lights and set. I told her I could probably get pretty close to quality (with my University's equipment) but it would take time to get a crew together & reserve a studio. She told me no, that I should just record it with my phone. I told her that's not what they did for the Instagram video she just showed me and she said "It's on Instagram, that means they recorded it with their phone." She dropped it after I mentioned I charge money and wouldn't just "do it to be nice." She has like 10 followers and three of them were bots.
- 61,067 VOTES
All This Fuss Over A Justified Watermark :(
From a Redditor:
Not an influencer necessarily, but a band.
I have a really close family friend from high school who plays in a local band, and he usually does a pretty good job at getting me on the guest list, whether or not I actually want to take pictures. However, I do bring my camera with every time, just in case.
I usually use the opening band(s) to dial in my settings and see what angles look good for the stage setup, because they didn't even know I was going to be there in the first place, and I'm there because of my friend. So obviously, I want anything I give to him to be some of my better work.
Sometimes if the other bands notice me walking around and snapping pictures during their set, they'll come find me after the show and ask for some of the pictures. If I managed to get any that look decent, I never have a problem sending them copies of the photos for their social media pages. Some bands even offer to give me a free t-shirt or hat or vinyl of their newest release, etc. which is always appreciated.
As with any photo that hasn't been purchased (done for exposure), I place my watermark on the lower right corner of the picture after I'm done editing. It's not obtrusive, it's pretty tasteful in my opinion, and it just ensures people know who took the photo. Sometimes bands can't remember my name or forget to tag me in a post, no big deal, humans make mistakes, I get it.
So after this one concert in early 2019, the lead singer of an opening band (one I had never heard of) comes up to me and says, "I saw you taking pictures during our set. Would you mind sending those to us for our Instagram?" I said no problem, give me a few days to import, edit, and upload the photos and I'll email you everything. She followed it up with, "We're on tour right now, so we're pretty hard pressed for money, but we'd be happy to give you a shout-out on our page and direct bands in the area to look into you for concert photography." I said, "Yeah that's fine, I already got free admission to the concert through another band so I'm not super worried about the money. Besides, this is more of a hobby than a job." And we went out separate ways.
Fast forward about a week and I decide to go check their Instagram to see if they had posted anything from that show, and sure enough, they had. However, not only had they not tagged me in the post, they had completely cropped out the watermark I put on the picture. So much for the exposure I guess.
I reached out to them on Instagram and also commented on the post using my photography profile, not my personal one, and just politely asked them if they'd add my tag to the photo as not only was it my actual photograph, but it was also my edit. Well, they blocked me. Only on my photography profile though. I checked their Instagram on my personal when I started reading this thread, and sure enough, that picture is still on their page, and they hadn't even deleted the comment I made on it saying, "I'm sure it's an honest mistake, but I'd appreciate you giving credit to the photographer who kindly sent you these photos with nothing promised but a shout out."
Some people's kids, man.