I’m a photographer and a woman just contacted me over Instagram about doing a job in the afternoon tomorrow. Anyone that contacts you about a job that’s to take place the very next day and doesn’t acknowledge the fact is suspect. They should say something like “I realize this is super last minute”; translation: “I know this is my fault, but I’m asking for your help.
I gave her my rate and explained my COVID precautions.
Client: Okay – well I’ll give you [$rate – $50] because to be honest I’ve worked with many photographers and that’s what I feel comfortable with. I’ll give you a call if I need you.
As with anything in life, it’s all about the approach. Generally when people preface a number less than what I’ve quoted but are polite, I’m inclined to work with them. They should say something like “I realize this is lower than what you’ve offered but my budget for this isn’t super high and I really apologize but would you be able to do this for $x?” Translation: I’m begging you, please, just this one favor.
This person ignored all of that and acted like they were throwing me a bone.
Me: Actually, my rate is non-negotiable and includes a $75 travel fee.
Translation: f*ck off.