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    How do you tell a client...

    That you don't want to work with them under certain circumstances?

    I have been doing some product photography work with a client for almost a year now, to our mutual benefit. However, I don't have a studio and I usually go to his office. For our last shoot, however, we went to his house. It seems to be a permanent party, which I have no real problem with in and of itself (even though I was trying to work). BUT, there were a variety of illegal things going on that I want no part of.

    How would others here handle this?

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    Ask for a return to onsite shoots. Explain that you need the space, privacy and security his office provides.

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    If you're using available light, you can always say the light's better at the office.
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    Just say it like it is: You are uncomfortable working in somebody else's house.

    You can phrase it in several different ways.
    ...It's not professional.
    ...You don't want to be liable for loss or damage to somebody else's personal property.
    ...You don't want to be accused of wrongdoing if something bad happens to the homeowner's friends, family or children.
    ...You don't want to haul your equipment to somebody else's house where it might be damaged, lost or stolen.
    ...You feel like you can do better work in a quiet environment.
    ...Any one of a hundred things...

    You want to give your client the best value for his money that you can. You can't do that unless you are working in a place that makes you comfortable. If you're not comfortable and that makes you produce work that isn't up to par, HE is going to be unhappy with you, making you lose your client.

    Just be nice and polite. Thank him for his business. Thank him for inviting you to his home but tell him, calmly and nicely, that you don't want to work in his house then ask him what solution the two of you can work out.
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    you could just tell him you would rather work in the office ...
    if he insists on knowing why ..

    make something up like ... you adopted a former police dog or tsa pig / dog
    and it freaked out when you got home when it sniffed you ...
    say it took a long long time to regain the dog / pig's trust again so
    you can't go through that again ...
    if you don't want to make up something crazy or inane, just tell him the truth ...

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    Adopted a police dog? If you're going to lie, make it believable. Better yet, don't lie. Doesn't mean you have to tell the whole truth. Randy's advice is on target.

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    Man, join the party...
    vive la resistance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ruilourosa View Post
    Man, join the party...
    .
    Methinks, It's A Partay !!!

    Ron
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    Tell him the truth - that the environment isn't conducive to doing good work and that your preference is not to be working around the illegal activities.

    Why would he object to your preference?

    It is not like you are telling him that he cannot make the choice to be involved in those activities.
    Matt

    “Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”

    Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2

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    Quote Originally Posted by ruilourosa View Post
    Man, join the party...
    I want to come!

    Jeff

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