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07/15/2009 11:35:07 PM · #1
Originally posted by ambaker:

Originally posted by LadyK:

yes, and i thought it wa really odd that he was so blunt about it. i talked to his mom(who turns out is paying) and it looks like shes not buying him a cd:)

score one for katherine:)


Alright!!! Amazing how simple cunning can outwit jerks on a regular basis.
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mom power helps too:)
07/15/2009 11:30:55 PM · #2
Originally posted by LadyK:

yes, and i thought it wa really odd that he was so blunt about it. i talked to his mom(who turns out is paying) and it looks like shes not buying him a cd:)

score one for katherine:)


Alright!!! Amazing how simple cunning can outwit jerks on a regular basis.
07/15/2009 11:24:49 PM · #3
Originally posted by Spazmo99:

I'd refund any money you've received from him and send him a letter "firing" him as a client.

If you owned a store and someone announced that they were going to steal $100 in merchandise and only buy a pack of gum, wouldn't you throw them out?


yes, and i thought it wa really odd that he was so blunt about it. i talked to his mom(who turns out is paying) and it looks like shes not buying him a cd:)

score one for katherine:)
07/15/2009 11:18:58 PM · #4
I'd refund any money you've received from him and send him a letter "firing" him as a client.

If you owned a store and someone announced that they were going to steal $100 in merchandise and only buy a pack of gum, wouldn't you throw them out?
07/15/2009 09:31:19 PM · #5
Originally posted by Love6:

Originally posted by Art Roflmao:

Originally posted by LadyK:

Originally posted by Art Roflmao:

Nasty Virus --> CD --> Nasty Client


lol do you have a virus on hand? ;)


Aaack! I hope not! Why, does it look clammy?


I was gonna say sticky and creamy... *coughs* *LOL*


see, i wasnt going to go there. lol
07/15/2009 09:25:09 PM · #6
Originally posted by Art Roflmao:

Originally posted by LadyK:

Originally posted by Art Roflmao:

Nasty Virus --> CD --> Nasty Client


lol do you have a virus on hand? ;)


Aaack! I hope not! Why, does it look clammy?


I was gonna say sticky and creamy... *coughs* *LOL*

07/15/2009 08:02:52 PM · #7
Originally posted by Art Roflmao:

Originally posted by LadyK:

Originally posted by Art Roflmao:

Nasty Virus --> CD --> Nasty Client


lol do you have a virus on hand? ;)


Aaack! I hope not! Why, does it look clammy?


no i wouldnt worry about it, im sure it will clear up in a day or so
07/15/2009 08:02:30 PM · #8
Originally posted by Ivo:

Will this one do?


BAHAHAH! that is SOO going to be my watermark
07/15/2009 07:39:22 PM · #9
Will this one do?
07/15/2009 07:17:20 PM · #10
Originally posted by LadyK:

Originally posted by Art Roflmao:

Nasty Virus --> CD --> Nasty Client


lol do you have a virus on hand? ;)


Aaack! I hope not! Why, does it look clammy?
07/15/2009 06:52:03 PM · #11
Originally posted by Art Roflmao:

Nasty Virus --> CD --> Nasty Client


lol do you have a virus on hand? ;)
07/15/2009 06:44:11 PM · #12
Originally posted by LydiaToo:

... tell him that the 'free sitting fee' deal requires that the client view the proofs and make his selections in your office (or whereever you do business)...

I suggest the lobby of the police station or library ... ;-)
07/15/2009 06:44:02 PM · #13
Nasty Virus --> CD --> Nasty Client
07/15/2009 06:42:13 PM · #14
Did the 'free sitting fee' deal say anything about getting a CD of photos?

If not, tell him that the 'free sitting fee' deal requires that the client view the proofs and make his selections in your office (or whereever you do business).

Payment for photos ordered is required up front.

ETA: Do you REALLY want to deal with his friends anyway? If they're like him I wouldn't, and if they're not like him, then they probably already know how obnoxious he is. :)

You won't be losing any GOOD business.

If you do decide to give him anything on CD, I'd make him sign something saying that he realizes that it's punishable by law to reproduce the images without the written consent of the artist.


Message edited by author 2009-07-15 18:44:29.
07/15/2009 06:28:23 PM · #15
I wrote a crummy little program that puts a watermark on the top, middle and bottom of every picture in a folder. It actually creates a subfolder and puts the new image there. It doesn't size them. You can put whatever text you want in the watermark.

You are more than welcome to it. It runs on a PC and the images should already be sized correctly.

07/15/2009 06:26:19 PM · #16
Originally posted by Jdroullard:

photoshop boobs on him


he already has boobs:)
07/15/2009 03:52:20 PM · #17
Originally posted by coehler:

If this is for proofs, create a slide show dvd, or a flash slide show for computer. the only way to get images for print would be to take screen shots.


I agree. With the slide show he'll see how good it is - and probably show all the friends that he's potentially gonna complain to you about. When he tries printing the screen shots, he'll only look like a cheap-a** loser. :)
07/15/2009 02:55:57 PM · #18
Originally posted by LadyK:

Originally posted by kirbic:

I agree with those who say "just don't do business with him." You have the right to refuse his business. Some customers are not worth the trouble.


he is friends with every one of my other potetial clients. i dont need him pulling a douche move and badmouthing me to everyone(word of mouth is my main form of advertisement). but i understand what you are saying, and i really am considering it


This kind of person is most likely going to badmouth you EVEN if he gets what he wants. I agree with the give him his money back and tell him that you cannot in good conscience deal with someone who has told you that they plan to break the law crowd.

When I first owned a business many years ago, a very successful business owner told me this: "90% of your problems will come from 10% of your clients - DUMP the 10%, they cannot hurt you as badly as they, and you, think they can. If you don't dump them, they will continue to hurt you".
07/15/2009 02:54:21 PM · #19
photoshop boobs on him
07/15/2009 02:23:52 PM · #20
Originally posted by muckpond:

i'd photoshop giant wangs into the backgrounds of all of his photos.


lol i actually threatened to do that on one of his photos. great minds think alike:)
07/15/2009 01:45:36 PM · #21
Originally posted by muckpond:

i'd photoshop giant wangs into the backgrounds of all of his photos.


LMAO --or photoshop "THIS IMAGE WAS PRINTED WITHOUT PERMISSION" in the background so it repeats LoL
07/15/2009 01:44:26 PM · #22
i'd photoshop giant wangs into the backgrounds of all of his photos.
07/15/2009 01:42:51 PM · #23
register with copyright.gov/ before you sell to him and politely explain that you own copyright to your images and he can pay to purchase rights to print his photos; or he could end up paying up to several thousand dollars in a settlement for copyright infringement :-D...? :-)

personally i'd probably just write a copyright on the photo itself ( and stamp PROOF across his face in a light watermark with photoshop) :-) *IE small on his forehead so its readable but also uneditable/in the respect of making the photo look like crap if he tries to take it out* :-D

Message edited by author 2009-07-15 13:44:35.
07/13/2009 04:27:15 PM · #24
Originally posted by metatate:

You could consider a trial of SmugMug pro (14 days). Watermark them on there and limit the size he can see. Set your own prices too.
Just a thought.
There are pros and cons to Smugmug (they keep 15% of profit), but it keeps you somewhat out of the loop which would be nice in situations like this.

Originally posted by Ivo:

This clearly illustrates the advantage of a website. Post and protect them. In this case those. Add Acne to his images and put them on facebook! ;-)


I bought a template from Flash Palette. It rocks but the template I have does not allow for print orders. A modestly more expensive one allows for commerce.
07/13/2009 03:50:08 PM · #25
You could consider a trial of SmugMug pro (14 days). Watermark them on there and limit the size he can see. Set your own prices too.
Just a thought.
There are pros and cons to Smugmug (they keep 15% of profit), but it keeps you somewhat out of the loop which would be nice in situations like this.

Originally posted by Ivo:

This clearly illustrates the advantage of a website. Post and protect them. In this case those. Add Acne to his images and put them on facebook! ;-)
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