PostingAmazingly Ignorant or Amazingly Insulting
I receive quite a few proposals from prospective clients and I understand that they try to get the most for their money. Sometimes though, I just have to shake my head and ask "Are they that ignorant of what it takes to run a business or are they just that bold to suggest something like this in the hopes that somebody will accept? This is an actual email from a woman in New Jersey inquiring about my services:
"Hello, My name is Clare. I am working with XXXXXXX Doors on an important project to update our company website with high resolution photos.
There are 23 different shots we require be taken of one door; however, it is not limited to just these shots. We are a small company so we are willing to pay anywhere from $75- $150 for the entire job. The product is hand-crafted mahogany doors. Once you agree to take the photos I will send more information and our client's contact information.
The is in XXXXXX, NJ.
Please email me back at the earliest convenience.
So, they are willing to spend up to $150 on this important project that invloves 23 photos - maybe more ! So for $150 they get unlimited number of photos?
After I finished laughing, and composed my thoughts and then rewrote my response several times. I responded to Clare and informed her - very professionally and courteously - about the economic realities in the year 2012 and what it takes to produce professional photography. I then submitted an estimate for 20x her budget. I doubt I'll hear back from her.
When I read proposals like this it just strengthens my resolve to continue educating clients on what it takes to create quality photography and how those quality images benefit the client.
How do you respond to these type requests? Do you show the restraint I did or do you speak your mind? Or worse, do you accept what is offered?