Help! I hired the world's worst photographer!

posted 2 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
Hostess
9919 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

Stung.By.Photographer:  I”m so sorry this happened to you.  I’m not sure what you can do.  I don’t know enough about small claims court.  I would also be worried about the quality of photos I’d get given her current attitude.  Were you happy with her before the big day?  Where did you find her?

Post # 4
Member
3560 posts
Sugar bee

Stung.By.Photographer:  I haveno realy advice, but I’m so sorry you had to deal with such a crappy photographer.  I would try to take this to small claims court. 

Post # 5
Member
2895 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I would tell her that you signed an original contract and those terms were not carried out.  You will not sign a new agreement and you will use what ever legal recourse is available for to you for her breaching the contract.  You also will leave truthful feedback as to what happened so other people know it when hiring her. 

Post # 6
Member
80 posts
Worker bee

Misswhowedding:  Exactly this. 

 

Have you received your photos yet? I suppose the risky thing is that she may not deliver your photos at all… 

Post # 7
Member
3376 posts
Sugar bee

Don’t sign her contract take her to small claims court and make her pay. Make sure you leave reviews everywhere. This behavior is just bad for business and she does not deserve to be in this line of work if she is going to be ruining such a special day. Sorry that this happened. 

Post # 8
Member
1131 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I’d talk to a lawyer and maybe ask them to draft a letter to her underlining her breach in contract and demanding you photos, as they are technically your property. Usually simply having a lawyer involved is enough to get someone to stop yanking your chain.

 

What a horrible, horrible woman. I would leave reviews everywhere, splash them all over yours and her facebook page, leave a tarnish on her reputation in every way imaginable. There is absolutely no excuse for being late for a contractually arranged serviced and then demanding to be paid in full.

Post # 9
Member
3376 posts
Sugar bee

Im with Unfathomably: on this one. Get a lawyer!

Reading this post really makes me mad. Just to think that someone would do this. Contracts are made to protect both parties and she is taking advantage by telling you to pay up or get nothing. I would make it my goal to tell everyone not to do business. Screen shot all the messages and put them on every site possible. 

Post # 10
Member
2679 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I agree with Misswhowedding. I know you say you don’t have time, but unless you want to cave and pay full price you will probably have to take legal recourse. I hope that it is smooth and easy for you because this photographer deserves to have some consequences. Do you have copies of the original contracts? Print outs of all the texts and emails? A print out of the new contract she is trying to strong arm you into signing? Also talk to your bridal party, your guests, other vendors, see if they can provide statements about her arrival and depature times. Hopefully all of that evidence and prove she broke her contract, because it sounds like she did. Those contracts are not just for the safety of the vendor, it is for your safety too.

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Post # 12
Member
3376 posts
Sugar bee

So you never received a receipt? Did you pay cash or card? This will be hard to prove if you dont have a receipt. If you do take her to court, i think there is a way to make her cover the cost of the court fees if you win. 

Post # 13
Member
2763 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I would pay her & get your photos & then take action. Losing money is less precious than losing all of your pictures from your special day. Or, maybe ask a lawyer before you do anything. 

Post # 14
Member
864 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

Stung.By.Photographer:  do you still have your old contract? i would read it word for word to see what ground you have as of THAT contract. do not sign anything new, as it would presumably void the prior contract. most photographers do sneak peeks of your session/event, but in each case i’ve seen it’s after they’re paid in full…so i don’t know that that is unusual, but i definitely understand your hesitation to pay for anything at this point.

if in your original contract, there are terms outlining her responsibility (either that she isn’t responsible for anything, regardless of whatever she does/doesn’t do that day, or that she will do XYZ in case of tardiness or whatever) then you can go from there. at the very least i would just have a consultation with a lawyer–you don’t have to take this lady to court just yet but at least figure out what your best recourse is.

also i’m so sorry you’re going through this!

Post # 15
Member
588 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Small Claims court doesn’t do anything. 

We hired a caterer for our wedding, put down a 2,000 deposit, then found out he did not have a good reputation around town so we canceled 4 months before our wedding and asked for the deposit back. 

He ended up saying that he didn’t have it anymore so I took him to small claims court. It did nothing. Apparently he had 2 other cases against him in small claims that also found him guilty. We never got our money back. I really don’t see what the purpose even is of small claims. 

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