Kitten Sugar Honey Doll – Customers From Hell

I am a photographer specializing in “boudoir” and sexy shots. I’m female and most of my clients are other female looking for someone to support me because taking semi-nude photos is kind of vulnerable.

I actually get a lot of referrals from the burlesque scene in my city, which is super cool, and I work with some really cool people that way. Normally it’s a lot of smiles, laughs and good times. Not so much this time.

This client contacted me because someone mentioned my name – I don’t know who. Things changed when I arrived.

Customer: You’re late, kitten.

I arrived at 3:01 pm with all my gear. We said 3:00 p.m.

The customer then guessed at every decision – all the lighting, all my gear, everything. I couldn’t do anything without her asking for an explanation.

Customer: I’m a pro, honey. Don’t try to shoot a quick one at me.

Honestly, I couldn’t tell if she was hitting me or not. It was a bit tight on the line. Anyway, she had me take some pictures of her in her “signature” burlesque costumes, and… I want to be nice, but I had worked with a lot of girls, and those costumes weren’t very good. She was very pretty, but they didn’t fit well, and they looked super in disguise. Still, I didn’t think she would appreciate me telling her that, so I kept my lips zipped and did the shoot without comment.

When I sent her all the photos, she was furious.

Customer: I don’t look like anything. You made my outfits cheap! I hate to say it, but it’s amateur hour, sugar.

I don’t mean to brag, but I’m good at what I do. I had taken countless photos of his colleagues and they were all stunning.

She gave me two options: a full recovery or a full refund. I opted for the latter.

The next time I shot with someone else in the scene, I dropped their name just to see what was going to happen. They screamed.


Some jobs are nightmares from start to finish. What is the customer story that keeps you awake at night?

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