| p.3 #9 · The Knot "Don't feed vendors" |
D. Diggler wrote:
Red flag? Really? Not book the client over a vendor meal? ... Are you seriously unable to make yourself a decent sandwich, place it in a cooler and pull it out while the B&G are eating?
It's indicative of how the client feels about us!
Considering that I usually show up with a 2nd shooter and an assistant, and considering that I've shot weddings in locations where the guests's plate easily exceeds $100 a head... maybe it's not so much about how the client feels about me as much as how the client feels about three hundred bucks plus.
And frankly I'd feel the same way in their shoes.
I judge how my clients feel about me by how they treat me up to the wedding, how much they invest with ME, how they talk to me, how they introduce me to people, how they brag about my work on Facebook, how they use my photos watermarked, as their profile photo... how they call me a year later and tell me they referred me to their sister etc. Not by whether they're willing to blow an extra $300 on overpriced food that frankly I won't even get to enjoy... that mostly accounts for an open bar that I won't take advantage of etc. etc. etc.
Don't get me wrong.. .I've gotten fed (and fed well) at pretty much every wedding I've shot. And I was grateful for it.
I don't have a problem wtih appreciating it, and maybe to a degree even expecting it, in a "common courtesy" sort of way... I have a problem with expecting it in the petulant "oh boy, I shall faint and require salts to recover if I'm not fed... and yes that fluttering butterfly-like creativity shall shrivel and die if my fillet isn't thick enough, rare enough and I'm not served at a prominent table in a throne-like chair"
Also... I've had a couple of experiences where the couple had CLEARLY indicated that we were to be served, and served right after them... and the venue staff refused... serving us cold food after everyone else had eaten, in some remote location.
Unless you're a douchebag of monumental proportions you are NOT going to bring this up to the couple on the day of the wedding to find out if the problem is cheap clients or Hitler-inspired venue staff. And if your creativity truly drops off once a certain amount of glucose concentration abandons your bloodstream then it would be atrocious of you not to prepare for this eventuality and screw the client as a result of someone else's asshole-ness.
... my point is very simple:
1. Grow a pair
2. Pack food
3. You're getting paid enough that you can toss the food if you get served that fillet mignon after all... or gosh maybe you can have it for breakfast tomorrow.
If you get the meal, enjoy it, otherwise deliver and stop making the rest of us look like assholes by prancing around like a virgineal princess in glass shoes.
And while you're at it don't bitch if the priest says you can't shoot from the front. WTF are you doing in the front anyway? It's a ceremony, not a photoshoot, asswipe.
Of course none of this (and especially the end part about the church) is not directed at YOU, Diggler...
You definitely have a fiction writing future.