Post # 1
I posted a few weeks ago about our photographer breaking his camera, and being unsure if he could shoot our wedding. I heard back today and he said he most likely would be able to ” provided he gets his camera back in time”. I have already booked a new and way more talented photographer. We paid a deposit which I will have to lose I’m sure. Thankfully the contract has nothing about canceling.
Sorry about the terrible grammar/spelling, on a Ipad while nursing
Post # 3
I’d say that the uncertainty is unacceptable and that you want your deposit back. What kind of pro doesn’t have backup equipment? What if his camera broke again the day of your wedding?
Post # 4
@geekspice: Date twins! Thank you, that was exactly my line of thought. I’ll give it a day and then get my FI to call him.
Post # 5
What geekspice said. It is totally unacceptable for a professional photographer to have less than two working cameras at any given time, in my opinion. You break one, you get your insurance money back (or use business savings) and get another one within a few days at the most. Ask for the deposit back and run, this person sounds flaky as hell.
Post # 6
I would definitely ask for your deposit back. If he says no, ask a lawyer friend to draft a letter. If he still says no, I would take him to small claims court, but that’s just me
Post # 7
As a photographer myself you should be ablle to get it back. It’s his fault he cant go not yours. If it was the other way around then you wold forfeit your deposit.
Post # 8
@geekspice: exactly this!!!!
Post # 9
Sweet lord! Unacceptable. You don’t need to feel the concern that his ONE camera MAY be available that day. Seriously? I o in to a wedding day with three cameras and three more on the ready just in case. He’s not a professional photographer. Should one of my cameras ever break, worst case scenario I’d send my husband to buy me a new one And deal with the rest later. someone running a real business doesn’t stop because their ONE camera broke. It’s like closing down a restaurant because your one plate broke haha. Let him know you want your retainer back and that if he wants to shoot your wedding you’d want to see that he has redundant back ups of all his equipment and that you’d like to see his proof of liability insurance and get his business number. If he doesn’t return it I’d take him to small claims court. Keep all correspondence on his ” camera breaking”. Does he really think you’re going to sit around and wait and see? Groan! This is what gives photographers grey hairs! Thinking this is what people think photographers are like. Ugh!
Post # 10
Hello, rent a freaking camera if you have to! I rent extra gear if I have to…
One lens I always rent because I dont use it enough to buy, its a very pricey lens and my money is better spent elsewhere. I can rent the lens for 4-5 years for all my events and will still come in under what it costs to buy! lol
That photographer is a joke.
Post # 11
I agree that he should be refunding your deposit. Every single photographer I met with before picking ours, I asked if they had back up equipment and back up batteries etc in case something happened on the wedding day. My wedding day photos are WAY too important to lose out on bc a camera malfunctions or breaks. Every professional photographer should have back ups. Especially as they upgrade their cameras over the years, they usually hold onto at least one of their older ones to use in emergency. Also, a lot of the photographers I met with knew of each other and had worked together or collaborated on past events together… So I would think it would be likely that your photographer would have at least one photographer friend who should be able to lend him equipment in case of emergency.
Seems totally unprofessional. I’d be livid and demand my money back. So glad that you found a newer, better one.
The photographer I originally hired turned out to be completely unprofessional as well and thanks to her unprofessionalism, we found a MUCH better photographer. So I figure everything happens for a reason!
Post # 12
Thanks everyone. This is what i sent him.
(Photographer), I cant sit around wondering if you will be able to shoot the wedding or if your equipment will break day of. I will be retaining the services of another photographer. Let me know when my deposit will be able to be picked up.
Post # 13
@Mrscdnnavywife: What you wrote is exactly right! Good for you. I’m glad you were able to find someone else with your wedding so close. The photographer should DEFINITELY give you your deposit back, and if not, like PP said, be sure to have a lawyer friend draft a letter for you. Keep us posted!
Post # 14
i didn’t see your first thread but i just wanted to chime in and say that any professional in this situation would rent a camera and not even mention it to you. You did the right thing by finding another photographer.
Just tell him that you became nervous due to the circumstances and found another photographer in the meantime. If you’re okay with losing your deposit just tell him that you know that this was result in losing your deposit and you’re okay with that.