Client: I’d like to hire you for a wedding shoot. Your website says initial meetings are free - is that right?
Me: That’s right. I’ll meet you to show you my portfolio and discuss your budget, requirements, etc.
Client: Great! Can you meet us at [time, date, location]?
Me: That’s a bit outside where I would usually go to a meeting, but sure.
I showed up to the “meeting” and… it’s actually their wedding. he’s in a suit, she’s in a wedding dress, and there are hundreds of guests milling about.
Client: Well, looks like I tricked you. Anyway, per your email, this is the “initial meeting” and it’s free. So please get your camera ready and we can get started.
I explained that this wasn’t going to happen. She threatened to sue, and when that didn’t work, told me her groom and his guests were all marines who were about to go overseas. I’m not sure if that was a threat or a call for sympathy.