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.

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marius says:

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

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!)

Mel says:

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

Walter says:


You are very funny guy! :)


ChristopherV says:

- 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!


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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

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Jim Milne says:

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.


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

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!

Nat Thompson says:

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 says:

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?

Nat Thompson says:

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.

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!

CallumW says:

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 says:

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

CallumW says:

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


MK says:

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”

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


Brittney says:

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

Richard Cave says:

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 says:

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

Brad says:

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.

Drew W says:

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

aepoc says:

ClientsFromHell is awesome. Incredible how dense some people are.

*Bumps head against wall*

When does the hurting stop?! :X

Patrick says:

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 says:

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

Paolo says:

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

Jason says:


My head hurts just reading that…

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