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06/09/2010 05:17:31 PM · #1
Today I got a surprisingly rude email from someone in response to my ad. They didn't even visit my site and based their assumptions off of the three family pictures that were on my ad. What possesses people to write something like this?

"Yet another girl with a camera that thinks they can moonlight as a photographer without the proper education and real world experience. I hope you feel great about ruining peoples once in a life time events with badly exposed, badly lit, awfully composed images that were taken with some cheap camera. You are not a photographer, you are a camera owner."

You are more than welcome to check out my site. I accept criticism - when it's not straight-up rude and full of assumptions.

madelynwphoto.com
06/09/2010 05:22:39 PM · #2
The photos on your site are marvelous. What kind of pictures did you use in the ad to make em say that?
06/09/2010 05:26:38 PM · #3
I was expecting real crap. Nothing of the sort. I think the majority of your images are well done. Certainly better than much of what I see. I would love to see what your ad looked like because that email is off the wall.
06/09/2010 05:30:53 PM · #4
It's problably some photographer ticked off that youre charging less than them and forcing them to reduce their prices.

There are some sour photographers out there that feel that that other photographers who undercharge screw them over and are not worthy of photography.

I see both points of the party, but he/she should have never said something so nasty to you. It shows how classless they are.

I wouldnt worry about it.
06/09/2010 05:32:22 PM · #5
Somebody must have been having a REALLY bad hair day - your photos are lovely.

I, personally, dislike weird angles in photos, but I bet if I came to you as a customer, you'd make a note of that and keep the angled ones to a minimum, right?

You look perfectly capable of delivering what your clients need and want, so that person just needs a few chill pills. Don't lose sleep over that email.
06/09/2010 05:33:16 PM · #6
Thanks you guys I used: This one This one and this one since it was an ad for family photos.

This s the actual ad the pictures get messed up a bit because it resizes them funny: //www.ksl.com/index.php?nid=218&ad=11105469&cat=17&lpid=&search=
06/09/2010 05:38:59 PM · #7
Not bad. There is a typo in the ad though. Instead of saying "also" it says "laos". Isn't that a country?
06/09/2010 05:39:40 PM · #8
Unfortunately, in MY opinion, those three are not as nice as others I have seen on your slideshow.
However, before writing such an email, the person SHOULD have gone to check out the rest of them.
06/09/2010 05:44:00 PM · #9
Your photos are wonderful.
I wouldn't worry about the e-mail. You do absolutely fine work!
06/09/2010 05:44:06 PM · #10
Thanks for pointing out that typo. Beetle I do agree that those probably aren't the best of my family pictures. I just used those ones because the other pictures are on my old computer. Maybe next time I should just take the extra time and putting up the better photos.
06/09/2010 05:44:20 PM · #11
You have some really, really lovely pictures in your portfolio, the ad unfortunately does not reflect this at all.That does not excuse the rude email, it's just an observation that I hope is helpful :)
06/09/2010 05:47:28 PM · #12
I would love to know which pictures I should use next time so I can show my work off better.
06/09/2010 05:55:39 PM · #13
Originally posted by battymaddie:

I would love to know which pictures I should use next time so I can show my work off better.

Maddie, looking in your Family section the orchard shots are especially lovely - the Tea Party and Clarissa's Family has some very appealing images :)
06/09/2010 06:34:44 PM · #14
Thank you for your feedback. I put up some different pictures. Sadly their viewer makes them not look as nice. I appreciate all of your nice comments. You made me feel better :)
06/09/2010 06:37:29 PM · #15
Did he send you details of his site? Would like to see his/her work.

Yours looks good - nothing to worry about there.
06/09/2010 06:44:12 PM · #16
No, they didn't send me details, but their email had studio1utah in it, but it turns out it wasn't them.

edited to update information so studio 1 doesn't get the blame anymore


Message edited by author 2010-06-14 12:55:00.
06/09/2010 06:53:33 PM · #17
Yeah....I'm just not seeing what is so bad about your photos. They look great! I can only imagine the people on the other end of the camera were pleased. There is no reason they shouldn't be. :)

People can be such #%#@ sometimes....probably spilled hot coffee on themselves a few times too. :)
06/09/2010 06:59:24 PM · #18
Originally posted by battymaddie:

No, they didn't send me details, but their email had studio1utah in it. I searched for them and I believe this is their site: //www.studio1utah.com/


You know it could just have been an email in envy because you are a competitor and do better job than they do? ;-)

Take it in a positive way and go hunt more of their customers!!!
06/09/2010 07:59:14 PM · #19
The site has a link to a search for models for GoldsGym. Maybe he was just in the midst of a 'roid rage episode...
06/09/2010 08:10:17 PM · #20
interesting. If you look at their calendar it shows the days they are booked. Or it would if there were bookings...
06/09/2010 08:43:55 PM · #21
Originally posted by battymaddie:

I put up some different pictures. Sadly their viewer makes them not look as nice.

Find out the "native size" (in pixels) of the template slots you are fitting and then resize them to that size yourself, so you can fix/tweak any problems caused by the resampling. Make it so they don't have to resize the pictures at all.

Message edited by author 2010-06-09 20:44:26.
06/09/2010 09:15:52 PM · #22
One word: Jealousy
06/09/2010 09:31:14 PM · #23
Originally posted by CEJ:

One word: Jealousy


Another word: Insecurity.
06/09/2010 09:44:51 PM · #24
well for what it is worth i sent them an email telling them what i think of their actions, nobody messes with the family. :)

Message edited by author 2010-06-09 21:45:00.
06/09/2010 09:44:58 PM · #25
Originally posted by CEJ:

One word: Jealousy

Originally posted by Spork99:

Another word: Insecurity.

Hmm....

Neither of them was the word I was thinking of....
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