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Tattoo Fixer Jay Hutton criticised for 'asking photographers to take pictures of his wedding for free'; The star of the E4 series reportedly offered exposure on social media in return for the photos but the request hasn't gone down well with some.

Byline: Lydia Morris

TV tattoo fixer Jay Hutton has been criticised after reportedly asking photographers to take picture of his wedding day for free.

A photographer says representatives for the Tattoo Fixers star sent an e-mail around asking if anyone would be interested in taking photos of Jay's big day.

Butthe Daily post reportsthe email allegedly stated that, instead of being paid for the pictures, photographers would instead get a "credit" on "selected photos" which would be posted on tattoo artist's social media accounts.

Jay, from Abergele, is due to marry his fiancee, Monica Rose, next April.

The photographer, who who runs his own business in London but did not wish to be named, posted the contents of the e-mail on Facebook.

It led to an angry backlash from people who criticised the E4 star's approach.

The email, sent directly to the photographer, reads: "Thank you for the interest in the Jay Hutton Wedding, we have received a number of e-mails from some great photographers and I first [want] to outline the expectations of the agreement.

"We are looking for a photographer duo (or photographer and assistant) that can take pictures of Jay's special day. Ideally close to Chester as this is where the wedding will take place mid April 2018. The promotional value of social media is second to none and something we charge a great deal for. In exchange for photographing the day Jay will credit selected photos on social media to the photographer and their website.

"After a short period of time after the wedding date we will also allow preselected images to be promoted by the photographer on their own website or social media platform. On top of this we would cover travel and food for the day."

Reacting to the request, the photographer said: "Matey from Tattoo Fixers wants wedding photos for a shoutout on Instagram. Banter."

Angry at the response, the photographer also set up a blog post and wrote : "The response we received is pretty poor practice in and of itself.

"It shows a horrible disregard for other creatives and a disrespectful attitude towards people's work, careers and, you know, need to pay for stuff.

"The whole ethos of what was being suggested in the email we got is, frankly, b******t. More than this though is the culture that this behaviour is breeding. My fear with this whole situation is that somebody is going to take this offer up, and the gentleman in question will win.

"He's getting his wedding photographed for free. The loser though, is the person who is perhaps new to the business, and naive enough to believe that this is a really great opportunity."

Several other Facebook users had their say on the matter, some commenting they are "appalled", while another said: "Would he do the same for others by offering free tattoos in exchange for likes? If so then he doesn't value his own work as well as that of any photographer."

A representative for Jay Hutton said: "Jay Hutton's management has received a number of offers to photograph his forthcoming wedding with varying degrees of terms including taking pictures in return for social media and endorsement use in return for access.

"In such situations, as in any business negotiation, they would expect this to be a start of a discussion with a mutually agreed conclusion."


Credit: Jay Hutton Official/Facebook

Jay Hutton and his fiancee, Monica Rose, who are getting married next April

Credit: Tattoo Fixers

Jay Hutton on Tattoo Fixers

Credit: Daily Mirror

On Tattoo Fixers, Jay creates a tattoo on the leg of Vicky Balch, who was seriously injured in the Smiler ride crash at Alton Towers and had her right leg amputated below the knee
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Publication:Wales Online (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 15, 2018
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