Client: I’m looking for VERY edgy photos for my wedding. Should be an all day job, with 6 hours of posed photos with the wedding party. I’ll need a DVD of all of the edited photos in high resolution and you will be compensated $150. I may also be willing to let you do a ‘Trash the Dress’ shoot with me the next day.
In response, I sent a a short (but polite) email stating I could not meet the requirements at the quoted rate.
Client: Look asshole, I know how the business works. I’ve been a wedding photographer for 15 years, and I make over $8000 a day.
“I know I owe you £750 but I’m not paying this - I didn’t ask you take over my hosting so you have breached your contract. Due to the inconvenience of having my hosted despite me not paying, I may be forced to take this to court.”—
I’ve been re-creating a series of medical illustrations for an online hemophilia handbook. One of the diagrams is an example of parents passing on X and Y chromosomes to potential offspring. The client wanted the new diagram to be more “ethnically diverse” than the original.
After several hours and much illustrating later:
Client: I love it! But, I gave it some thought, and I don’t want readers to insinuate that ethnic people are more predisposed to hemophilia. Can you just do stick figures instead?
I work in a bakery in which we can take images given to us by customers and transfer them into edible images that can be placed onto the cakes. One client wanted a full sheet cake with a very large image of a group of people.
Client: When you said the color might change, what did you mean?
Me: Occasionally the images will appear darker when transferred onto the cake.
Client: Can you tell whoever is making it not to make the people in the picture look black or Mexican? We don’t want to devalue our white workers.
I had a project designing wedding invitations for a client and his very religious wife-to-be. They very clean cut - they explained there would be no alcohol at the wedding and hoped I could (subtly) include that information in the invitation. They explained it was for moral reasons and I didn’t inquire further.