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Review by Deacon Tyler3 years ago
It's very rare that I leave a negative review, however my studio's experience working with Joel Mayne of Eclectic Communications has been exceedingly poor.
Eclectic Communications appears to be a brand new 'advertising agency' owned and operated by Joel Mayne of Venice, CA. I recommend exercising caution when working with this individual and this company, based on our own experiences.
Joel Mayne attempted to defraud our commercial photography studio into photographing several purses for a purse designer named Mala Mukherji. The intent was to obtain the photos, resell them to Mala Mukherji for her company, Mala Designs and then file a chargeback claiming that he never received the photos, or that they were shot improperly.
I received a very rough draft of photography guidelines from Joel Mayne for use on the Mala Designs shoot, but when Joel booked the shoot, he did not provide a final draft of his creative direction, so we used the only briefing that we'd received and shot them to his specifications (along with a few additional shots that he had requested via email)
The images were EXACTLY what Joel had requested, but regardless, he began complaining that the images were not shot properly, because there was information that he forgot to provide in his creative direction.
While I'm unable to link the finished photos here, I'm one of the leading product photographers in the world, please do feel free to Google 'Deacon Tyler' to view my body of work.
Our studio even generously offered a free priority reshoot for any images that were shot contrary to his written directions.
There were none (of course) and we offered to book a day shoot for Joel Mayne, Eclectic Communications and Mala Designs to be present and provide creative direction at our studio. Joel could not afford our day rate, so he opted to pick up the purses instead.
He then attempted to intimidate and threaten my 5'4" wife/partner in person, threatened us and then filed a chargeback with his card issuing bank, claiming that we never delivered any photos.
Eclectic Communications is currently being sued for fraud and breach of contract, so please consider this before working with this agency or this individual.
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