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Dear Sugar
I recently had photos taken for a job application at one of the more expensive photo studios where I live. The cost of the session was a stretch for me, but I really wanted the pictures to be amazing and make a great first impression.

While the photographer and I went through the shots individually during the one hour session, I was not exactly thrilled with the results and had to settle with two pictures that I really didn't like. I picked up the final photos yesterday and while I thought I was being over critical of myself, I was again disappointed.

I am thinking about getting my photos taken again, however, paying full price at the same studio will cut deeply into my budget. Is it possible or common to ask for a discounted second session? Is it even wise to go back to the same studio since I was left disappointed? What would you suggest I do? Unhappy Heidi

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Dear Unhappy Heidi
Were the quality of the photos up to par or were you just unhappy with the way you look? If the quality was shoddy, you have every right to request a re-shoot free of charge. If you are just dissatisfied with the way you look, unfortunately you might have to pay full price for a second set of pics.

Were you vocal with your photographer about your unhappiness before picking up the final shots? Did you sign any sort of contract? Sometimes clients make a down payment for such services and if they are not satisfied with the final product, they are not required to pay the remainder of the cost.

Most of the time the professional will want their customer to be happy so hopefully you can work out some kind of deal or discount for a re-shoot. Since you already have a relationship with this photographer, I would stick with him and hope for better luck next time. If you go elsewhere, you risk running into the same problem again.

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LeSucreRose LeSucreRose 10 years
In Europe, it is common, if not mandatory, to add a headshot to your job application. Despite the usual statements that the content (i.e. your achievements) is what counts, human resource managers here in Europe do not shy away from pointing out that a good headshot helps in the application process.
My-Opinion My-Opinion 10 years
Being professionally photographed can be kind of like good sex., not as good, but you get the got to say what you like or don't right then and there, cut out all problems with the quickness.
sarahlynn sarahlynn 10 years
maybe modeling? or acting? apparanly even hooters require you to have a certain "look" so i guess we shouldn't be surprised at the stupidness?
cubadog cubadog 10 years
My thoughts exactly what kind of job apps require phots? I wonder if she means headshots?
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 10 years
I'm wondering the same thing, cc. Unless it's for a modeling job, this is weird. :?
ccsugar ccsugar 10 years
Why on earth do you need pictures taken for a job application?! What kind of job is this?
celsou celsou 10 years
This has happened to me as well. I loved the outdoor shots my photographer took, but was unhappy with the portraits. For me, I was mostly just unhappy with how I looked - not the job the photographer did - but she was still happy to reshoot the indoor session free of charge (with the hope, Im sure, that I would order more photos if I was pleased with the results). So as Dear said, esp. if this was a small local business (not a large organization like Life Touch) they are eager for happy customers that will return, and so will usually do another session at a reduced price or even free. But keep in mind that if you are unhappy with how you look, a second session may not help - you may need to work on your self image.
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