Crazy photographer. I hope a made the right choice.

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
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1737 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - 13th ~ TN

Milibee13:  If she is the one who broke the contract first, by adding things that were not in the original, then you can sue her.

Post # 3
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667 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June, 2014

Milibee13:  Your new photographer sounds fantastic and understanding. but the former one does sound a little nutty. I wonder if you’d have a case to get your deposit back since she essentially changed the contract on you. I don’t know why people can be so obnoxious! I hope this new one works out fantastically for you!

Post # 6
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913 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014 - 11/15/14-Vineyard

Milibee13:   Glad you did. If you have her demands in writing, I would have a copy of them and your signed and dated contract and report her to any Photography Guilds she may belong to and the Better Business Bureau and any other agencies. 

That is all sorts of wrong. If you don’t get your money back, I would notify her of your intent to contact every association and guild she is a member of about her dishonest and  non-contracted demands. The threat of that usually gets them to honor the deposit return. 

Post # 8
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667 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June, 2014

Milibee13:  Time to move past the threat stage and onto the action 🙂 Glad you filed a dispute with your credit card company, but I agree, report her to any guild she may be a part of and report her to the BBB. I’m so glad your new photographer is working out and rest easy knowing you definitely made the right decision on this one!

Post # 10
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695 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I used to do professional photography.  Photographers usually get to the point they make more rules because of so many customers that pushed them to hard before.  I did not do wedding phtography constantly.  But I have done a few weddings.  Brides can be very demanding.  This is THE reason why the rules are there.  Its difficult to explain how much pressure brides put on the photographer on this one day. 

 

Post # 12
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695 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I agree these things should have be discussed before the money came about.  Theres no reason for photographers to hide these things.  And I was not trying to imply it was you or your requests that caused the photographer to react like this.  Many times its ‘other clients.’  I have many pro photographer friends that have been affected by so many other clients that it affects the way they do business now.  Sometimes I do think they come across to harsh with the clients, other times based on my past experiences with weddings in particular I think they are within their rights.  I do think this photographer was harder on you based on a difficult time she was having with another or several other clients.  Unfortunate if you liked her work enough to do your wedding.  I do agree candids are much easier.  Theres other types of photography people can get into but few pay what wedding photographers make.  When I started getting more calls for wedding photography than anything else is when I ultimately stopping doing it as a business.  Wedding photography is that stressful.  I’m glad you found one that works for you.

Post # 13
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232 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: Aug 30th, 2014

I think you’ve done everything you can do – reported to associations, BBB, filed a credit card dispute. I believe she was adding restrictions that should have been in a contract you signed before she accepted your deposit. Don’t forget to share your experience as a review where appropriate so others know what they’re in for!

Post # 14
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4893 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Milibee13:  Technically the photographer didn’t break the contract. Was it crappy of her to start making requests and demands after the contract had been signed? Yes, but that isn’t breaking the contract. Breaking the contract would be if she cancelled on you, didn’t show up, failed to deliver, etc. You did break the contract, and while I think you have 100% reason to do so, that also means losing your $500 deposit.

Personally, as a wedding photographer, I think you did the right thing in finding a new photographer. It’s okay to have rules and policies but you need to upfront about it and deliver it in a positive and professional way.

While I do have a lot of similar “rules” (I Hate to even call them that) many of hers are extream. No photobooth while she’s photographin? Seriously? I photograph the whole event so exactly when is the photobooth supposed to be in operation? Anyway, the “no one else taking photos” thing is honestly become really common – in the context of *not during family formals, or bride/groom photos*. I am very firm about no photos during the formals time, because it is a HUGE distraction for everyone when you’re already on a limited time frame. I also really enocourage my couples to ask guests to refrain from taking photos during the ceremony and during the key moments (first dances, cake cutting) or at the very least continue to do so from their seats. Even the most well meaning guests really get in the way and make our job very very difficult.

Post # 15
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1826 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

If the restrictions she imposed were NOT in the contract you signed when you paid your deposit, then you should get it back. Not sure what the specific laws in your state are, but I’d threaten to take her to small claims.

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