That’s the message I got via #AskShootProof. OUCH.
This very thing also happened to me several years ago. I was shooting one of the most elaborate weddings I’d ever photographed on a private estate in Florida, and the wedding coordinator showed up with a literal TEAM of photographers. They took getting ready photos… they photographed all the details… they shot the ceremony and through to the first dance… then they left.
In the end it all worked out. I got the wedding featured in a major wedding publication and the coordinator referred me for other events. But I was seriously PISSED that it had even happened.
At the time I thought it was a one-off experience; but as it turns out: a LOT of coordinators and caterers and DJs bring their own photographers to get marketing photos for them. I get it. Makes total sense. But GAH does it irk me.
- Who else has experienced this?
- What did you do about it?
- Did it actually hurt you/your business/your shooting in any way?
- Did it create conflict between you and your client?
- Did it create conflict between you and a vendor?
I want to create a blog article that will help this photographer and others who encounter this challenge.
Let’s collaborate to help other photographers handle this kind of situation with kindness and business savvy!