I agree with Matt here, it's worth an explanation. I would say that as a professional, I'm responsible for the quality of my work, and I can't guarantee my best work if there is another photographer on site because I can't concentrate 100% on what I'm being paid to do. The only way I could do this shoot would be per our original terms. If that doesn't work for the client, then I would respectfully decline.
Maybe something along the lines of;
I appreciate the opportunity to serve you with regards to the photographic shoot on such and such a date and address. I must however bring up an issue that is somewhat uncomfortable to discuss, as I certainly value our business relationship and would hate to have anything damage that relationship.
I have a policy of not working alongside other photographers unless I have a pre-existing relationship with them. I may employ methods and techniques that I do not wish to share with other photographers, as they provide me some of my competitive advantage. I only allow those on site whom are necessary for me to complete the assignment. I therefore must ask that no other photographers be present while I am working on this assignment.
I am quite certain that if you had a potential business competitor show up to your business you would be hesitant to give them free access to the inner workings of your business, or allow them to see your processes and procedures.
I am confident that as a business man, you understand my position.
I look forward to your positive response, and confirmation that we are still a go on such and such a date.
That's how I would do it - But - please consider not possibly throwing the baby out with the bath - Sometimes having a good strategic partner / photographer can be better for both of you. One of my best friends was a "competitor" - another commercial photographer ( Dennis, has it really been 20 years since we last talked? http://image2.findagrave.com/photos/...2517522339.jpg )
When we all lift each other up, we all come out ahead.
So, yes, I would let the client know - but I would be ever on the lookout for a mutually beneficial relationship. You never know where they will pop up. But they do take some time to develop.
Hope you find this helpful.
Last edited by blaine.minazzi; 05-18-2014 at 11:09 PM. Click to view previous post history.
training people like having an assistant is not that bad but you would need to be the principle photographer and photo director to a avoid any three way acrimony.
Explain it is like a wedding 3rd parties get to take candits but don't get to interfere no cost delta,... ie.
invisible gag. Everyone at wedding has at least a camera phone but the mum is paying and bride well behaved...
An assistant is ok if they
don't kick over tripod
don't open a blad back without winding to backing or F2 withough rewinding
drop memory card into storm drain
customer should understand concept of stills photog at cine sound stage shoot.
it is good training for you but warn about dialogue is potential overrun,
a second day of shoot doubles the cost less obviously risk of a second day stops you booking it for another shoot you won't charge for 2nd day if not needed but you would need to adjust contract for contingency as will the models...
punch line is bride is not going to delay honeymoon flight?
don't email instead phone or visit...
customers have always understood about paying the piper
multi day shoots good $...
If you don't work on Sundays mention that... I've had multi week jobs overrun it was money in bank.
If you have to walk into a job with a secondary thought or responsibility in your head, then you're a poor man at work grubbing out a living. A prosperous man doesn't want or need those kinds of jobs. Being a "jobber" is not a particularly great life in the first place. It's wearisome. Some jobs, you've just got to let go, thousand dollars a day or not.