Clients From Hell [Friday Photo Humor]

clients from hell via chase jarvisClient: “How come all the photos I took have the heads cut off?”

You: “Hmm, Did you look though the view finder when you took them?”

Client: “I don’t know what that is. Can’t you just move the picture up so I can see their heads? I mean they’re digital pictures?”

Clients come in all shapes, sizes and levels of experience in every line of work. Embedded this here due to its relevance. If you have clients at all–or might be one yourself–check out Clients From Hell for an occasional laugh. This one sent to me but a bunch of peeps (including Taylor at Hipsters With Kids). Have other laughs? Share them below or at CFH. Have a great weekend. Take lots of pictures.

54 Responses to Clients From Hell [Friday Photo Humor]

  1. Jason July 9, 2010 at 11:13 am #


    My head hurts just reading that…

  2. Paolo July 9, 2010 at 11:16 am #

    He he he
    I hope this is not a true story… ;-)
    Have a nice weekend too

  3. Patrick July 9, 2010 at 11:19 am #

    That sort of reminds me of this e-mail thread from a secretary to one of the people in the company’s design department:

    Some people are clueless – you just keep your fingers crossed and hope that doesn’t come from your clients!

    Good post, Chase! Have a good weekend!

    • Mihai July 10, 2010 at 6:48 am #

      This was to funny :)))))))

  4. Jeroen Berkenbosch July 9, 2010 at 11:20 am #

    *Bumps head against wall*

    When does the hurting stop?! :X

  5. aepoc July 9, 2010 at 11:23 am #

    ClientsFromHell is awesome. Incredible how dense some people are.

  6. Pat OBrien July 9, 2010 at 11:36 am #


  7. Drew W July 9, 2010 at 11:39 am #

    That’s awesome. That would make the photography world very easy if digital files had that feature :-)

  8. diala chinedu July 9, 2010 at 11:40 am #


  9. Richard Cave July 9, 2010 at 12:34 pm #

    I had it this week a client came in for a poster, I do a mock up, minimalist in design says everything and is simple.

    client: Can you put this writing in?

    Me: Well it breaks a lot of design rules, amount of wording and a lack of space, plus itakes more than five seconds to read

    client: Just do it

    Me: fine (done it for them)

    Client: Fantastic awesome!

    A day later

    Client boss: I am ringing to ask if you can change the design you came up with to have less information, I asked ******** why you had done it with all that wording on and he said that you came up with it. I thought you was a designer.

    Me: fine, just call me direct if you need any work doing in the future, as for ******* he requires schooling in the words honesty and integrity.

    client boss: i dont understand?

    me: he is lying as he wanted that info on it

    Client boss: well your the designer you figure it out.

    Funny thing is they paid for the work on time, we have two types of client pricklies and fluffies.

    • Calvin Wallace July 15, 2010 at 11:10 pm #

      You still could have handled that situation like a professional instead of letting your emotions get the best of you.

      • Brad July 23, 2010 at 12:56 am #

        BS. A professional is not someone who keeps his mouth shut when a client lies, or an underling of said client lies. I have no tolerance for that and frankly, I believe it’s unprofessional to sweep it under the carpet. The more that kind of behavior is tolerated, accepted, allowed to pass, or overlooked, the more it continues to endure.

        Sorry. I don’t come from that school. I’d rather work with REAL professionals who own up to their mistakes.

  10. Esa Piiroinen July 9, 2010 at 12:34 pm #

    Haha.. nice one! :D

  11. James Bunch July 9, 2010 at 1:30 pm #


  12. Brittney July 9, 2010 at 1:52 pm #

    I read this blog everyday… some of these people :/ ha!

  13. Aimee Greeblemonkey July 9, 2010 at 3:26 pm #

    I once had someone ask me if I could take clothes off a photo in photoshop.

    SWEAR TO GOD(s).

  14. MK July 9, 2010 at 3:27 pm #

    Ha ha…. i had a few like this personally from my friends and family… :)
    1) friend: “Hey I got a cool picture but it’s B&W…. well you are a photographer, you should be able to change it to color?”
    me: facepalm

    2) the photo: a group of people with their feet cut off from the knees down but lots of space in the top part…

    close relative: ” Could you crop it so that you can see the feet? ”
    me: (with a firm voice because I was asked a stupid question I thought no one with an education could ask) “NO because you photographed it this way”
    close relative: “OK OK….. you don’t have to be rude about it”

  15. CallumW July 10, 2010 at 4:04 am #

    I had a request for a quote from a prospective client for shots of their historic hotel which was under new management and being gutted and re-built to 4* quality…. an upgrade costing between £0.5- £1m.
    They wanted kick ass pictures to last 10 years for website and all marketing material.

    Them: Can you quote for the project. 16 rooms in 4 styles, with the new bar, restaurant, and 1 or 2 conference rooms?

    Me: Sure. I’ll put it together for you and email it through. (estimate sent for dress, capture, editing + licensing)

    Them 10 minutes later: Oh … that’s a lot more than we expected, We can’t afford that.

    Me: What had you budgeted for the job?

    Them: £300

    This was in my mind when I wrote this:

    • Calvin Wallace July 15, 2010 at 11:13 pm #

      Explain your costs in detail? I am guessing you only gave one final amount to them.

      • CallumW July 22, 2010 at 6:01 pm #

        I gave them a complete estimate split into all the elements.
        Explaining how licensing worked was fun too …. :(


  16. Monirul Pathan July 11, 2010 at 9:32 am #

    Its absurd how often this actually happens. I’ve actually started taking second shots of the same photos with their heads now, just to be safe!

  17. Nat Thompson July 11, 2010 at 7:37 pm #

    I should submit some of the stupid things I did trying to run a business to this site. Instead Ill do it here where it not anonymous ..why???

    Like getting convinced/bullied ( by a rich business woman, it was late, she was my biggest client , i was tired and alone with her in her massive fancy house ) into giving her raw files for one night to look through because she was “too busy” to wait for proofs and then getting a call from her printer the next day, they were getting put on a billboard. Ouch. Then I had to drive past a shop front with my images bastardized for the next year…it was harsh…and very stupid of me. I was pretty mad at her. She actually flat out lied to my face and said she wouldnt show anyone and then she sent the images to the printer hours later… hahaha nice!! Hard lesson to learn.

  18. Nat Thompson July 11, 2010 at 7:41 pm #

    I just reread my little post here and it sounds whiny. Im not whining. I just made a really unprofessional decision and was rewarded in kind :)

    • CallumW July 22, 2010 at 6:09 pm #

      Do you not have Exif data showing it was your images?
      I think cameras imbed their serial number into the image which would be great evidence for a court.

      Were you worried about taking legal action in case you lost your biggest client?

  19. Michael Ririe July 11, 2010 at 11:47 pm #

    HA! Reminds me of “Can’t you Photoshop these people into our family picture from this other picture we already have?” or (when I worked in the architecture industry) “Doesn’t AutoCAD just do it for you?” Funny people!

  20. Eduardo Fuentes July 12, 2010 at 9:54 am #

    Now this topic i like… there are some clients that i tell ya… you love to hate them hehe :P

  21. Jim Milne July 12, 2010 at 10:28 am #

    Sometimes it happens. :)

    You have most probably seen this but is a great site of funny photography related things.
    OT Hopefully you don’t mind, I’ve given you a quick mention on my site (the top post), because you and your blog inspired me/mine in some ways.


  22. Eileen Ludwig July 12, 2010 at 12:22 pm #


    That was so funny. I have students like that too. I am sure at one time or another that could be me. Depends on the subject. Remembering to be patient with any question is key to being a good teacher. Teaching online makes that easier to do. I can hide my initial reactions.

    I have loved how you are mentor to so many and are so willing to share your work and knowledge with others.
    My pictures that have been uploaded

    Eileen Ludwig

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  24. Mr Mike July 17, 2010 at 9:14 am #

    I just went through this same exact thing! I am dying with laughter!

  25. ChristopherV July 17, 2010 at 12:16 pm #

    - a recent wedding conversation, 2 days prior to a wedding –

    client: I know we only purchased x amount of wedding hours coverage and our timeline has grown a few extra hours recently – but can’t you just stay longer and shoot?

    us: Of course! With a small investment we can increase the coverage to capture all the special moments of your day. (we love dialog :)

    client: WHAT? I mean really it’s not like you are shooting every single second of the day we’re paying you for anyway! I just don’t understand why you can’t add the time you’re not shooting to the end of our wedding!

    It became a little heated, but we kept our cool and used all the correct dialog to remedy the situation. In the end it was an amazing event and the couple were blown away by the final images and how much work really goes into wedding photography. These types of things seem to pop every now and again, I guess every time it does it allows us to grow and become even better at what we do and how we handle our clients expectations. Which, in the end really set us apart.

    But, damn! It’s always great to hear other people have the same challenges!


  26. Walter July 19, 2010 at 10:37 pm #


    You are very funny guy! :)


  27. Mel July 26, 2010 at 7:08 am #

    along the same line as u must have a really good camera

  28. Mary Serantoni September 3, 2010 at 6:51 am #

    Is this a familiar challenge, or am I the only Lucky One?

    What about the Bride who complained she wanted to look taller and thinner in her wedding images?
    “I am not a magician. I do have magical powers, but they have limitations.” (We can’t deny the fact that she was four months pregnant!)

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    Did a group shot of Catering managers they said : Please make us look thinner so I shot it portrait i.s.o landscape .

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