I am a HS teacher by day and an aspiring professional photographer by whenever other time. I did a family friend's niece's prom pictures 2 years in a row for free. I did everything from the shooting to the editing. She loved them, the family loved them, etc. They look as good as anything you would pay several hundred dollars for. Next I hear, "Oh, can you do her senior pictures?" A slight flip-flop of "ugh" in the stomach, I cheerfully agree because hey, it's experience! Keep in mind graduation is on June 4. She waited until late April/early May to hit me with "Hi I need my senior pictures." I then came down with the flu, and on a separate incident was hospitalized for a head injury and banned from driving. She nags periodically about when it's going to be done, but I brush her off... Last Sunday, yes, 7 days ago, I finally got down there, drove the 55 miles each way, and did a 3 HOUR photoshoot for her and her "best friend." I took over 150 pictures. I warn them repeatedly that the post-processing and editing photos could take days, even weeks, and that a professional photographer could take up to 4 weeks. I promised her by today, ONE WEEK LATER, that they would all be totally done. On Monday night into Tuesday, I start getting pelted with "Where are my pictures?" "Are WE getting anywhere on these pictures?" Texts, IMs...FACEBOOK WALL POSTS!!!! (Rude?!?!) The last straw is when texts start dropping in my box at 8am on a school day. I politely but firmly tell her to calm the heck down and that they will be done weeks before graduation by the date I specified. I get this nasty response back about how she offered to pay me but I refused (she offered NOTHING) and that she's perfectly within her rights to ask (within 48 hours?!?!) where her pictures were. It got to the point where friends and family were calling me going "Who is this girl on your Facebook, and why is she being so rude to you about her photos?" I was off this Friday for a school holiday, and spent over 7 hours editing her photos. I edited out their out-of-shape bulging stomachs, pimples, hair in their face, cleavage sticking out too far, caked-on foundation, tan-lines, bone-white legs, and here's the kicker -- yellow and white deposit-stained teeth. I place a small neat copyright in the corner of each image. I think after working for free, and being a respectable photographer, I legally maintain the rights of these images. I post them online and my friends go NUTS -- "Wow...these are incredible, these girls are lucky, these are so beautiful, etc." I don't hear a single thing from the girls. Not even a thank you. However, I immediately find they took all the pictures, uploaded them to THEIR Facebook and MySpaces, and they're RIPPING THEM APART. Making fun of the fact I fixed their skin and hair and yellow teeth. Whining because of the copyright. Editing text and putting it over their faces and bodies...my beautiful work. I was devastated and broke down hysterically crying at the computer. My boyfriend became enraged by all of this and immediately called my dad. (He knows them better than I do.) Needless to say, I didn't finish editing the photos. The ones I posted online are not big enough for the ladies to print...and if they try, Walmart will sure be interested about the copyright image in the corner. I immediately deleted all the photos. Lessons learned? 1. Her lesson -- Don't upset someone who does a photoshoot worth $500 2 weeks before your graduation. 2. My lesson -- when you work for free and act like a doormat, everything you do has no value. I will never, ever deal with this girl again.