S’pore photography service asks followers not to engage freelancers, backlash ensues – Mothership.SG

Photographers play a vital role in any memorable event.

And you would probably think that it is a photographer’s skill and style that matters, not so much whether the photographer works for a company.

Because of this, things didn’t go so well when the photo service Afford-A-Graph tried to convince followers not to hire a freelance photographer to shoot for their ROM.

The company appears to be relatively new with its first Instagram post on June 29, 2020.

In addition to a full refund, Afford-A-Graph also said they would pay customers S $ 10 if they weren’t happy with the photos.

These were the five reasons they listed against freelancers:

  • Transportation costs
  • Revision fees
  • Excessive prices
  • Bad customer service
  • No guarantee of quality

Here are screenshots of their post, reproduced on Facebook by freelance photographer Chris Fury:

Photo from Chris Fury’s Facebook page.

photo-2 S'pore photography service asks followers not to engage freelancers, backlash ensues - Mothership.SG Photo from Chris Fury’s Facebook page.

photo-3 S'pore photography service asks followers not to engage freelancers, backlash ensues - Mothership.SG Photo from Chris Fury’s Facebook page.

photo-4 S'pore photography service asks followers not to engage freelancers, backlash ensues - Mothership.SG Photo from Chris Fury’s Facebook page.

photo-5 S'pore photography service asks followers not to engage freelancers, backlash ensues - Mothership.SG Photo from Chris Fury’s Facebook page.

At the time of writing, the original Instagram and Facebook post does not appear to be available.

Freelance photographer answers

Fury interviewed Afford-A-Graph’s post in a Facebook post on October 31st.

Claiming to have been in the industry for 12 years, the freelance photographer said there is “a lot to know and understand” before charging a paying client.

Furthermore, no photographer would get anything “done badly or wrongly at all” if he wanted to keep his job, argued Fury.

He added that the reason some photographers seem to be “inflated” is because they can keep up with the times

He then asked how much Afford-A-Graph knew about inflation.

“The nation is on inflation to keep up with these challenging times, so we as individuals are going to ask (a little) more to sustain our daily lives.

Camera costs? Human work? Transport? Processing time? Eat? Do you think these are free? “

The post received more than 280 shares as well as several comments that agreed with Fury’s stance:

freelance-comment S'pore photography service asks followers not to engage freelancers, backlash ensues - Mothership.SG Screenshot from Chris Fury’s Facebook page.

freelance-comment2 S'pore photography service asks followers not to engage freelancers, backlash ensues - Mothership.SG Screenshot from Chris Fury’s Facebook page.

However, at least one person pointed out that Afford-A-Graph might just be a troll account.

affordahraphg S'pore photography service asks followers not to engage freelancers, backlash ensues - Mothership.SG Screenshot from Chris Fury’s Facebook page.

The mothership asked Afford-A-Graph for a comment.

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Top picture from Chris Fury’s Facebook page.

May 7, 2021