Over the past month I’ve been wondering about an inquiry I received regarding a potential wedding client. The request came in e-mail form, and it just didn’t feel quite right. Actually, the way the e-mail read made me think of those 419 scams I’m so fond of.
Hi! I’m Kelly. Mike and I will be getting married soon. We will be needing some one ASAP to photograph our wedding occasion scheduled for , 05.12.2012 starting from 10;00 AM – 04;00 PM . So what I am asking is -;
A package which includes six hours of shooting time plus a 20 page custom designed album .
THIS PACKAGE INCLUDES:
* 6 hours of photography; Mix of color and black and white, creative effects.
* 350+ professionally processed wedding photos, some in print and on CD or USB)
* 20 page custom wedding album – all prints on archival quality .
Album in top quality, elegant and built to last a lifetime for the memory of our kids and families.
* 11×14 Portrait Print – We’ll choose any image from the wedding photos .
So some questions I have are ;-
– What is your base price fee for what I am asking? Is that negotiable?
– Your availability/ schedule for the 12th of MAY? You available?
– willing to travel ? considering both the lodging and the travels will be taken care of.
Please email back confirming your availability. Thank you
Reading through, do you have an odd feeling about the sender. Either you’re being “shopped” by another photographer or this is something you don’t feel comfortable responding to. Well, I did respond with one of my other e-mail addresses, and the story got strange. I always like to meet clients in person to discuss their needs, but this potential client claimed to be in Machester U.K. running a seminar. They could not speak to me on the phone because they’re hearing impaired, and wanted me to fly to Florida to shoot their wedding.
And the big thing? They wanted me to send my contract and studio information right away. Odd. But not blog worthy until this morning. What happened this morning?
I got the same exact e-mail from another potential client named Jennifer and she was marrying Pablo (I’m not kidding). The rest of the e-mail read exactly like the above quote.
So, this whole thing leads to the question, what’s the scam? I have to think other photographers have received this e-mail as well. If anyone has any insights let me know.