Category Archives: Friends

Free Sessions Galore!

Dear Stefanie Shutters,

A friend of mine is pregnant and I offered to gift her a maternity and a newborn session because she’s been talking about how she wants photos but can’t afford them… so I told her I’d do it as her baby shower gift if she signs a model release so I can use the images in my portfolio.  She agreed but we haven’t had the session yet.

Then I saw that she’s had maternity images done with another photographer and it was obviously paid for!  She basically begged me to do her photos for free and then turned around and spent money with someone else! Now I don’t want to do the photos for her anymore.  I feel undervalued and that she has taken advantage of our friendship.  I’m not okay with what she did and am trying to find a way to nicely tell her that I no longer plan to do her photos for free.

When we last talked, she claims that the other photos were a gift, but I’m still mad even if this is true!  She’d already agreed to do the photos with me.  Am I overreacting?

~Feeling Unfriended

Friends and Money

Dear Stefanie Shutters,

I did a newborn session for a good friend of mine and she didn’t have the money to pay me at the time. So I agreed to do the session and she’d pay me the week after one she got paid.  The session went well, I have great images, and started editing already too.

This morning she messaged me asking to pay a little bit each week and I’m so annoyed I don’t even know how to reply to her now.  I have been counting on having that money paid tomorrow and now it’s not happening. I don’t know what to do now, and I just feel like she is taking advantage of our friendship.

~I knew I shouldn’t have Done It

Friend Goes to Another Photographer for Portraits

Friends and business. Business clients that become friends.

As photographers we’re often immersed in our clients personal lives; we’re hired to capture and preserve some of their most precious moments of their family history, and we can’t help but connect with them, and they with us.  It’s part of the experience.

But then there’s a special evolution of the relationship for some clients, and they cross over completely into our lives.  This is one of those times.

Copyright Law and Clients – The Reality

Image courtesy of phasinphoto at

Today’s post deals with client-friends, business growth and the pains that come with client retention in the midst of price increases, Facebook sharing, image altering, deal-giving, contract violations and copyright law… all in one!

Have you ever had a client share your image to Facebook and not credit you as the photographer?

Does it bother you?

Working for Free… for Family

“Happy Family Jumping High” by photostock Image courtesy of

Today’s Ask is about working for free – ever felt like your family or friends are trying to take advantage of your photography skills? If so, this post is for you.