(Closed) DON’T HIRE YOUR FRIENDS AS A VENDOR! What do I do? How do I get my pics!?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 5
8738 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Wannabe-diy-bride:  Do you have a contract with him? Does he have a timeline for delivering the DVD?

I’d start treating him like a vendor rather than a friend and hold him to his contract deadline. You DID pay him so he needs to provide what you paid for.

Post # 6
4336 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Oh, wow, that totally stinks! Do you have any sort of written contract?

I would compose an email, and be perfectly honest. Something like, “I realize that this winter has been incredibly busy for you, but I am starting to feel like you are not prioritizing my pictures b/c we are friends and I’m not just a regular customer. However, I still paid you $1500, and I am waiting for my pictures. My wedding was now over 4 months ago, and I feel like you have been constantly giving excuses. I do understand if you are very busy, but as your friend, I am starting to become upset because it seems to me that you have accepted more work than you could handle, and I wish that you had been more upfront with me on how long the pictures would take before I agreed to have you as my photographer. You keep saying how busy you are, but could you then give me an actual date by which you will have done (x, y, z)? You already said November, so I am really confused why that date has come and gone and I still don’t have my pictures”

Then, if that date comes and goes, or he refuses to give a date, if you have a contract then I would send another email saying your patience is running thin, and you will give him one more chance or deadline to get your pictures to you, otherwise, you REALLY don’t want to have to do this and hope you are able to work out another compromise, but you will be taking legal action against him. Or maybe, if you feel you’ve already been through the steps in the previous paragraph, you could just start with this one.

And if you don’t have a contract? Hmmm… I have no idea. I’m sure someone else will chime in.

Post # 7
1433 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012 - Historic Lougheed House

We booked a friend photographer too, but we sure as hell signed a contract, and paid her normal price. 

Sorry you’re going thru this. I would keep following up with emails, and then maybe registered mail if he still doesn’t respond. 

Post # 8
2849 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@eagle:  I agree with this. I’m sorry you’re going through this. Hopefully, he’ll get in touch with you soon.

Post # 9
860 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

that’s so rough… i would try and be as upfront and curteious as possible. Sometimes people will string you along if they think they can get away with it, but it catches them off guard when people address it directly..

Post # 10
1488 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

So sorry you are going through this! It’s such a shame there is no contract, so I am not exactly sure what (if anything) you can do but just be patient.

I do agree with you though – we booked a family friend as our photographer and she totally flaked out on us leaving us without a photog 5 months before the wedding. I will never do business with a friend again.

Post # 12
1405 posts
Bumble bee

Did you pay in full?


Post # 13
10851 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Is it possible for you or someone else you know to show up at his door with discs to burn them yourselves? LOL!

I like Joy’s email too 🙂

Post # 14
1405 posts
Bumble bee

Even though you don’t have a contract, you can still sue them.  In civil (small claims) court, it is based on preponderance of evidence, which means something is “more likely than not.”  If you can prove payment for a service and have not received anything, you have a case.  The bad news is that no one can make them give you the images, but they can make them give you your money back for non performance.

Post # 15
12 posts

This is a terrible situation, I know, but like USER876 said, you cannot sue for the photos, so the best thing to do is work it out with the photographer.

The best thing to do would be to set up a meeting, but I know you don’t live nearby, so that might not be convenient.  You could try calling, or you could ask if you could set up a video call on Skype or something – since it is hardest to come up with excuses in person, hard if you can see the person, and relatively easy if it is an email, the more personal you can make the communication, the better.


The main thing to take away from this kind of interaction, I believe, is not that you shouldn’t hire friends, it is that you should ALWAYS have a contract, even if you really trust the person, and you should hire a friend if you truly like their work, not because they give you a discount or just because you are friends.

Post # 16
7296 posts
Busy Beekeeper

i know it sux but at least i didn’t open this thread and read about how horrible your images are, right?  to me that is a plus. i think you WILL get them at some point and you just have to get pushier and pushier, but also stay friendly. I wouldn;t want to do anything that would piss off my friend and then say he has not done the edits and then he stops caring because he is pissed you threatened to sue him and doesn’t put his best effort into the editing.  It sounds like he is procrastinating and giving him the benefit of the doubt, maybe it is because he wants to put good time into editing them and just keeps putting it off.  I would email him and say you are sooo anxious and excited to get your pics, and mention while it was disappointing you missed out on christmas gifts, you understand and want him to do the best he can with them.  And i would even go as far as asking if there is anything you can do to help.  

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