Second shooter I hired reached out to MY client

1 year 2 months ago #749935 by MYoung
I just found out today that a second shooter I hired to work with me on a wedding in December reached out to my client today and solicited them for their business.  Any ideas on how to handle this?  

I'm a bit upset over this and trying to think of best way to handle.  

Any sort of help you can provide would be greatly appreciated.  


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1 year 2 months ago #749938 by Razky

MYoung wrote: I just found out today that a second shooter I hired to work with me on a wedding in December reached out to my client today and solicited them for their business. Any ideas on how to handle this?
I'm a bit upset over this and trying to think of best way to handle.
Any sort of help you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

What kind of contracts do you have with your client and the second shooter you hired?


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1 year 2 months ago #749972 by Meskill

Razky wrote:

MYoung wrote: I just found out today that a second shooter I hired to work with me on a wedding in December reached out to my client today and solicited them for their business. Any ideas on how to handle this?
I'm a bit upset over this and trying to think of best way to handle.
Any sort of help you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

What kind of contracts do you have with your client and the second shooter you hired?


:agree:  I would be curious on the language used in your contract.


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1 year 2 months ago #750037 by Little Kate
Regardless what is in your contract, that is messed up if you want my 2 cents.  If you are working for someone, don't try to poach their client when their back is turned. 


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1 year 2 months ago #750059 by Chris Briggs
Agree, that is over the line in my book.  In contract or not, there are so many reasons why this isn't right.  I'd be ticked off too. 


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1 year 2 months ago #750066 by MYoung
I don't have my contract in front of me, but it does state that the hired photographer (2nd shooter) is not permitted to have solicitation communications with my clients that they may be exposed too.  So it's in there.  


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1 year 2 months ago #750196 by CharleyL
I think it's time to get a lawyer involved. Do you have a signed contracts with the wedding party and 2nd shooter? If they go with him, it's a breach of contract with you. 2nd shooter needs to be fired for breach of contract too. Find someone else for 2nd shooter.

Charley


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1 year 1 month ago #750233 by Cory J

CharleyL wrote: I think it's time to get a lawyer involved. Do you have a signed contracts with the wedding party and 2nd shooter? If they go with him, it's a breach of contract with you. 2nd shooter needs to be fired for breach of contract too. Find someone else for 2nd shooter.

Charley


:agree: Charley nailed it on the head and my thoughts too, get an attorney involved.  If nothing else at least look at your contract.  


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1 year 1 month ago #750286 by KZAM
What an @$$.  Yeah, I would 100% speak with lawyer and review A to Z. 

I don't need no stink'in Signature! ha ha ha
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1 year 1 month ago #750293 by Ava00
I'm so sorry to hear about what happened - that's definitely not okay. As someone who runs a business, I understand how frustrating it can be to deal with breaches of trust like this.

The first thing to do is talk to the second shooter and see what's going on. Maybe there's a good explanation for their behavior. You should definitely express your disappointment and frustration, but also be open to hearing their side of the story.

Depending on what you learn from them, you might need to let them go and find someone else to work with. It's always hard to make tough decisions like that, but at the end of the day, your clients need to be able to trust you and your team.
I like that you plan to talk to your client about the situation - that shows you're committed to building strong relationships with them. It's important to reassure them that their privacy and trust in your work are top priorities. By doing so, you can turn a difficult situation into an opportunity to strengthen your connection with your client.

Moving forward, it might be worth considering adding some language to your contracts around situations like this. For example, you could make it clear that second shooters can't try to solicit business from your clients. That can help protect you from future problems and make your working relationships even more solid.
Overall, it's important to handle this professionally and with integrity. By focusing on what's best for your clients and your business, you'll come out on top.


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1 year 1 month ago #750339 by Fess Walker
:agree:  well said 


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