Another day another family portrait: a young couple and their baby. Everything goes fine, the wife is a little fussy but otherwise they are pleasant enough.
At the viewing they both love the photos and select a huge number they want to get, however despite being given a price list before the shoot things go a bit wrong as the wife refuses to pay me.
Me: I’m sorry, are you unhappy with the photos?
Client: Oh, I love them. But why do they cost money?
Fortunately her husband stepped in and explains to her that that running a business costs money, and you need to pay for things you want.
Unfortunately, this became a ten minute heated argument about whether or not I’m worth paying, all while I waited awkwardly in the room. Eventually I interrupted, excused myself, and waited in the office.
Five minutes later the wife stormed out and the husband sheepishly paid me.
I’m sure those photos will be great for some happy memories.