Post # 1
I need to know what you all think about this…
My husband and I recently had a destination wedding in Hawaii and we decided to fly our photographers who shot our engagement shoot out to Hawaii to also shoot our wedding. before we booked them for the wedding I sent them an email stating that I would appreciate it if they didn’t shoot any other sessions while on this trip since my husband and i would be paying for their airfare, hotel, car rental and the package we purchased. The total we paid for the photographer was a little over $6000. They arrived on Thursday, wedding was on Friday and we had purchased an extra shoot to have on Saturday (to trash the dress). Sunday we found out they had shot a family photoshoot for my husbands cousin (For free) this cousin had the same photographers for her wedding the year before. Then the photographers didnt leave until monday which means i paid for an extra 2 days for them to be in hawaii To have photo shoots for other people? I was pissed cause my thinking was I paid for these guys to come all the way to Hawaii and they end up having a photoshoot for another family and that family didn’t have to pay a dime to have a photoshoot in Hawaii?!?
What do you all think? Was it right of them to do that? What do I do?
Post # 3
Why did you pay for them to be there until Monday? If your session was Saturday, why did you not pay to have them stay through and fly out on Sunday? How do you know the session they did for your family was for free? Did you ask them? Did you ask your family? Furthermore, I would REALLY hate to be your photographer that you forbid from photographing anyone else when their PREVIOUS client asked them for a session. How would it have looked on YOU if they replied with “sorry, we’ve got the free time while we’re here but your cousin, who paid us, has forbidden us to photograph any other sessions while here”. ?
I can understand your theory – that you paid for them to be there. However, as a photographer, one of the perks of a destination wedding is to be able to have a little downtime to enjoy the actual destination. What they do on their free downtown should NOT be dictated by the person who hired them. That’s like saying, “OMG…we paid you to be here, I can’t believe that you are sitting by the pool the morning of our wedding!!! Shouldn’t you be off pacing the floors of your hotel room until it’s time to start photographing????”
Personally, I love shooting destination weddings but it’s not exactly a glam job or profitable. Do I make some profit? Yeah, but it’s not like I would if I was at home and able to book sessions on the dates that I had to be out of town for a wedding. Like I said, one of the perks is getting to take advantage of being in a resort area. It’s VERY common for photographers to book sessions in whatever area they’re in for a wedding.
I guess I just don’t understand what the big deal is? The quality of your wedding and/or session was in no way jeapordized by them doing a family session for your DH’s cousin. Furthermore, I think it really sucks for them to have to turn away a previous client (which, BTW, you probably wouldn’t have even known this photographer had it not been for said cousin).
Post # 4
I’m sorry for what happened to you. I’m a photographer and it’s so hard to fine loyal clients. I guess they saw an opportunity and took it. Maybe a contract stating would have been better. Verbal Agreements only go so far with whomever you are dealing with. But I’m a man if my word and if I was flown out to Hawaii to do your job, it would be done as said. Keep me in your book. You never know. Otherwise, take care and what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
Post # 5
what they did may not be illegal, but there is absolutely no honor in it. I’m not sure why photographers, of all service professionals, seem to get cut so much slack whenever they do something that clearly would not be considered professional or in any way acceptable in any of the world’s other professions. On what planet are you permitted to stay in a market 2 days beond the event date–on the client’s dime–to double dip the client’s own attendees? I know there are photogs on the Bee so I try to stay cool about my general poor impression of the many, many photographers I’ve come across in my career. But this example is EXACTLY what I’m talking about.
Post # 6
@Wifeandmommy: you paid 1 extra night for him .. thats the only part I would have a problem with…if he wanted to stay until Monday he should have paid the extra night, or if he stayed only foryour cousins shoot, she should have paid. However ,the fact that he had a session with your cousin for free? I just see that as him doing something really nice for a previous client… maybe your cousin is the one who regered him and that was his way of saying thank you? Eitherway, I think it was a nice gesture and maybe one day you will be on the receiving end if that. I mean, what did he gain from doing a session with your cousin for free? A lot of extra workand maybe 1-2 portfolio shots.