(Closed) ANOTHER rude photographer email. :(

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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1854 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Maybe lacking a bit of tact; but it’s a fair trade-off: he charges a lower price than what the work is worth, and if you’re satisfied with the job, you talk about him to everyone you know and help build his name.

 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I would send him an e-mail back, saying that since he is going to try to make a name for himself, he should realize that e-mails like that are not appropriate for a business relationship and he needs to learn how to be more professional or he will have a tough time going out on his own.

If he acts/ corresponds like a professional, he will be taken as such. If not, he won’t.

Post # 6
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1854 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

@JenniMichele:that, said with kindness, may actually be very helpful advice for this guy

Post # 7
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1810 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Maybe something like:

“Dear Whoever,

Thank you for your response, and I appreciate your enthusiasm and interest in shooting our wedding. I didn’t receive any photos from your portfolio in your e-mail– I would really like to see some for your shots. Would you mind sending some?

Since you are interesting in making a name for yourself as a professional, I’d like to give you a little piece of advise that I have learned over time. When responding to someone’s e-mail/ advertisement/ etc., regardless of how casual original e-mail was, respond in the most professional manner. If you act/ correspond like a professional, you will get much farther and be taken much more seriously. I recommend the book, How To Say It, for those situations where you’re not sure exactly how to say something– it’s very handy.

Thanks again for your e-mail, and I’m looking forward to seeing your portfolio.

Thank you,

Statutory Grape”

Or something similar to that. If he takes offense to it, oh well. If not, maybe he’ll realize that he’ll get more out of working with you than just your money.

Post # 8
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5388 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@JenniMichele: I agree. Someone needs to point this out to him.

Post # 11
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5657 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

I mean it’s true, but he shouldn’t say that to potential clients lol

The sad thing is I think these photographers are saying these things because they think it makes them sound better. I think they’re trying to say “I’m a pretty good photographer, you’re getting a deal!”

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I don’t think it’s weird.  Maybe a bit odd.  It sounds to me like he’s trying to talk to you like you are a friend.  Is he around the same age as you?

Post # 14
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47 posts
Newbee

I agree that it’s kind of tacky for him to say that.. as devil’s advocate though, if he’s new to the business, maybe he thought if he said that, you’d think he was a better photographer and it would make you more confident in him? I don’t know, I’m grasping at straws haha. Either way, I agree that it would be a good idea to maybe steer him in the right direction a little bit, haha. I hope your response goes over well!

Post # 15
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419 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Maybe it’s just me, but, I didn’t see anything really WRONG with it.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

If you decide to say something to him i would not use him as your photographer. I understand that he is rude and needs to be put in his place but you don’t want to be on bad terms with someone who is in charge of such a vital part of your wedding! 

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