If you're going to set a time to be some place, have the photographer set up an entire studio in her home, and then be OVER 45 minutes late...a courtesy call at even 15 minutes late would be nice.
I'm STILL waiting for a 2:30 newborn to show up. It's now 3:19. No call, no text, nada. Yeah, I'm not too happy right now. Oh, and I'm doing all of this for free.
that sucks. I've never had anyone be late without a phone call first. Is it a first baby for the parents? Cause I know some new parents really don't deal well and are totally thrown off by the addition of a baby. Not that it's a good excuse to be late without a phone call though ....
She was a no-show and no phone call. I gave up at 3:30 expecting her to show up.
Gwen, this is her 7th child, she can hardly use the new mom excuse.
She was my first maternity and she was a half hour late to that. And then I made her a tutu and she was late picking that up too. I'm not doing anything else for her. I've been walked over too many times. I did use the time to take some nice impromptu family photos
yeah, can't use that first time parent excuse for sure! I'm sorry, that sucks.
love the latest photos on FB! were they from today?
This is exactly why I started charging a $50 fee when I was just starting out. Free clients were frequently no shows. I started charging $50, all of which could be used towards prints....and magically, people stopped flaking.
Amber, just curious... when you were starting out charging $50, were you already signed up for a business and all? I've read that it's always best to have everything in order before you even start charging people anything at all because the moment you do charge people you've basically gone pro. Is that right? Or is under the table stuff ok to begin with? For a certain time of course. Just wonderin is all..
back to the topic, Jennifer, I would not do anything free for her anymore. Sorry she did that to you. I've been burned a few too many times by a certain friend of mine, nothing to do with photography (although I did offer her a free session for her newborn grandson) but she's always been one to say one thing and do another. Very annoying. We aren't friends anymore and quite frankly I don't care. There's no room in my life for people who can't keep their word or even call to say they can't make it.
There is a certain amount of money you're allowed to make before being an official business, claiming taxes and all that. I can't remember exactly, but I think it's something like $600 here in CA. I had maybe 6 clients under this $50 thing before I actually got my license.
The money really was more of a deposit than anything. I only charged cost for prints. I was essentially doing it for free...but the money they put down up front ensured that people showed up. It also made me feel safer, since I advertised on craigslist. I was always nervous about meeting strangers for pictures before I started charging at least a little money.
Last edited by AmberBella; 12-13-2010 at 05:08 AM.