Wedding Photographers Called 'Abusive' and 'Unprofessional' for Refusing to Work With Influencer for Free

Wedding Photographers Called 'Abusive' and 'Unprofessional' for Refusing to Work With Influencer for Free

A pair of British wedding photographers have found themselves called “unprofessional” and “appalling” after declining to work for an influencer for free. A PR rep of the influencer had requested 1,000 photos and two videos, and in return would offer their followers a 25% off the photographers’ services — a discount the photographers don’t even offer.

Photographers Frankie Lowe and Laura Dunning of Betrothed & Co were the lucky souls recently contacted with such a kind offer. The PR woman, known as Melissa, contacted the duo to discuss shooting the wedding of “a well-known social media influencer.” In return, the photography duo would have their business “extensively promoted” to a combined Instagram and Facebook audience of 55,000 followers. As if that wasn’t cheeky enough, the email concludes: “Just so you’re aware, we have approached four other similar businesses in your area, so a fast response will be beneficial to your business.”

The couple were baffled at the expectations of the request, given that in the grand scheme of influencers, 55,000 followers isn’t particularly impressive. They responded:

As I’m sure you probably know, 55,000 is not usually the level of following which can command the free transfer of products worth between £3,000-£4,000 in total, especially when you take into account bots, duplicate accounts, and the types of followers who are not our target audience.

They also drew attention to the PR’s brazen “offer” of discounting their product, adding: “It’s helpful to know that in advance that being linked with your client will automatically knock 25% off the perceived value of the product we have spent so many years honing.”

Melissa responded to the email threatening to “name and shame” them if they were to respond and “continue with this abuse.” She even went as far as to guilttrip the photographers by mentioning that her client’s mother has recently been diagnosed with cancer.

Choosing to kill them with kindness, Lowe replied back once more, even directly addressing the issue of the PR’s client having a parent living with cancer.

The pair eventually uploaded screenshots of the exchange to their Facebook page, which you can now read here.

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Thomas Villadsen's picture

Read about an ice cream truck, i think it was in LA, who charges "influencers" double. Love that concept.

Black Z Eddie .'s picture

Yep, I applaud that guy. My post above borrows his concept. :)

Rob Mitchell's picture

Hang on, I was jus reading another article that tells us we should consider giving these twats breathing space?
The sooner people stop taking about this new race of people wanting shit for nothing, the sooner they will go away and we can resume normal programming:

Rob Mitchell's picture

Btw, can we have Melissa’s details? I’m sure all of us hard working people are looking for a PR person who can help our businesses.

Bryce Booth's picture

Melissa Harington as can be seen on the bottom email, not that she actually exists.

Jonathon Rusnak's picture

Juat say it out loud. Influencer. Say it. Louder. Louder you ninny. Now how do you feel? I know...disgusting isn't it?

Martin Van Londen's picture

Cheeky. AF.

Samten Norbù's picture

I see a lot of people that found the answer a bit too offensive ... but if you consider how annoying it as become to be since we have those self-called "influencer" brats that demands everything for free just because they spend their days inventing a life on social media, they are quite soft.

I'm sooooo fed up with those snowflakes that have literally no sense of respect for other's work !
That's why I gave up being active on most of social media that give nothing but a feeling of sad emptiness.

Gion-Andri Derungs's picture

Influencers are the scum of our society. It seems to me, that "influencer" is a new synonym for "I'm a parasite and I don't want to work"...

btw it was a great response to say: "Bugger off!"

Narrowmindedness will get you nowhere, Gion. Like it or not Influencers can get your name to reach a lot of people and places far more than you realistically can yourself. Heck, it is their sole job to go places and meet people.

Gion-Andri Derungs's picture

I think that is the wrong thinking. All I reached in my life, I worked my ass off and never expected from others to get me there. I think that is the only way, that you can appreciate, what you achieved. Maybe so called influencers can reach many people... but that is only true, if those people are real (i doubt that) and to be honest 50k followers... really?

Well maybe 50k is too low for the follower count I agree but in general I don't think Influencers should all be pigeon-holed into the "parasite" box. With a favourable follower count and agreeable terms for both parties I think hooking up with an influencer is something worth considering.

Ryan Cooper's picture

I think the main challenge is that we have true influencers which are a tiny minority of high profile spokesperson types who work hard to build a meaningful and large audience and fake influencer who represent the majority of people making these sorts of demands that have no real audience but spent some money to make that follower count soar.

The former represent a potentially valuable business interaction while the latter are scam artists. The problem is that it is really hard to figure out which is which.

The only influence I want to be under is a gin and tonic.
I'm not much on following the herd.
Baa

Great response. And fair!

Patrick Klein Meuleman's picture

What has her mother who is diagnosed with cancer suddenly has to do with this?

Oliver Saillard's picture

Yep. If your mother has cancer, just marry now, not in 2021.

But then, for sheer lack of preparation time, the biggest point in the wedding would be them getting married rather than the wedding being picture-perfect-fairy-tale like on all accounts. It would totally miss the point. It's all about priorities, see? ;)

Oliver Saillard's picture

How blind was I! Thanks for the input.

I think the idea of wedding photographers (or any kind of photographer for that matter) working with an influencer is a great idea. Both parties just need to work out suitable terms for each other.

Benoit Pigeon's picture

Exactly, being an influencer should not mean getting paid up front or get free stuff right away. Simply, this principle does not engage any interest in mutual trust, just power over the other. They should share the risk and that's what these cases of influencers are avoiding 100%.

Anthony Cayetano's picture

The influencer’s PR’s request was so entitled it puts my First World problems to shame.

Laughing Cow's picture

Social media influencer?
Is that a category of worker paying taxes?

They're getting some pretty substantial paychecks from YouTube and Brands that want to work with them.

JetCity Ninja's picture

if Beyonce Knowles asked me to photograph her in exchange for exposure, i'd do it. if Bianca Nomes with 55,000 unverified followers asked me, with the type of attitude displayed in that email, i would tell her to get bent and i would only hope it came off as sarcastically as these folks.

I can't take someone who uses "would of" and "could of" seriously.

Benoit Pigeon's picture

Have course! This is typical of generic, plastic, superficial, copy cat people. They just had to do it all the way.

David Pavlich's picture

Melissa categorized the reply email as 'abuse'. That tells me all I need to know.

This sense of entitlement comes from Participation Trophies, Safe Spaces, and parents not introducing their children to an occasionally backhand.
There's a lot of people out there that need to be humbled and most of them go by "influencer".

This is the entitlement that comes from being born into wealth, not from a lack of abuse.

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