(Closed) Canceling photographer

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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1177 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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 # 5
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496 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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
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1071 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

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
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23 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: February 2014

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 # 9
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344 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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
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790 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

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
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2082 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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 # 13
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739 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@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
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3947 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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. 

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