A wedding photography company has publicly slammed a social media 'influencer' after she offered to pay them in 'exposure' to take pictures at her ceremony.
The 'influencer' bride's publicist, named Melissa, emailed Betrothed & Co asking to commission a documentary-style video and around 1,000 pictures for the upcoming wedding.
But instead of inquiring about the price, Melissa stated that her boss would pay the company in 'exposure' - or shout outs on Facebook and Instagram.
She said her client has a combined following of 55,000 people on the platforms.
An 'Influencer' bride tried to pay wedding photographers with 'exposure' but the company uploaded the email exchange on social media
Melissa stated that her boss would pay a wedding photography company in 'exposure' - such as shout outs on Facebook and Instagram - for 1,000 images and a documentary-style video of her 2021 ceremony
'In exchange she is willing to extensively promote your business to followers on Instagram and Facebook (combined amount of 55,000) including Story Shout Outs and will offer a discount of at least 25 per cent on your packages,' Melissa wrote.
'Just so you are aware, we have approached four other similar businesses in your area so a fast response will be beneficial to your business,' she added.
The Hertfordshire-based company uploaded screenshots of the exchanges between Melissa and their photographers Frankie and Laura on Facebook.
First, the pair sarcastically asked whether Melissa had missed a '0' off the her client's number of social media followers.
The Hertfordshire-based photography company Betrothed & Co uploaded screenshots of the exchanges between their representatives Frankie and Laura with Melissa
They wrote: '55,000 is not usually the level of following which can command the free transfer of products worth between £3-4K in total, especially when taking into account bots, duplicate accounts and the types of followers who are not our target audience.'
They went on: 'Thanks also for your thoughtful suggestion of a 25 per cent cut in our fee for any followers that book through your client's promotional