How should I handle this? (long)

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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631 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@echapman:  Yikes! I’m not sure what to say except that there are a ton of red flags here that tell me she is not a pro and not experienced. I would never double book. I would tell her that your timeline isn’t set yet so you don’t feel comfortable with her taking the other booking since she has already committed to your date. Do you have a contract? Tell her that if she double books you would need to cancel and find someone new. She’s trying to have her cake and eat it too and it’s super unprofessional.

Post # 4
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@echapman: 
Oh dear..

Have you paid her all the money yet? If not I would be looking for another photographer. It’s your wedding..your day…you call the shots and it’s you who decides when and where you want your photos.

Good luck. x

Post # 7
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3 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@echapman: 

Trust your instincts.
I contacted my photographer moths ago. She said because it is still over a yr away she couldn’t confirm, but that she sees no reason at that stage why there would be any problems, so we will talk again in November and make a confirmation. I have a back up just in case she can’t…

You sound like me, I plan well in advance, just to make sure…planning ahead is a great thing! 🙂

And you should never have to worry about someones day being booked on your day! I would stress totally! She should never double book , you know, just incase…her car breaks down in between..or the other wedding runs longer..or anything could hapen! Not very professional.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I understand the engagement shoot issue isn’t her fault, at least not entirely.  Between weather, closing times, construction, other public events…  Sometimes things have to change last minute.  Though I would think she would have lots of alternates, especially as you went to her area to take pictures.

But she shouldn’t double book.  Rather, she shouldn’t ask you to push your reception back so she can squeeze in another job.  (It would be different if the times didn’t overlap and she didn’t have to ask you to move it- then she could do it.)  That’s a huge red flag to me.

Post # 9
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631 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@echapman:  I would walk away but pay her fairly for the work she has already done for you re: the engagement shoot.

Post # 11
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2419 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

The golden rule, as a photographer, is to make yourself available at the specified time for the wedding. You don’t ask the bride and groom to change their arrangements because you’ve double-booked yourself. In fact, you don’t double-book yourself in the first place. There’s no doubt that you are going to get a quite different set of pictures if you wait until 7pm in November and I think you are right to be wary about the practicalities.

Why not say that you quite understand her need to take full price assignments so far as the other wedding is concerned and that you think it’d be more sensible if she can do your October ceremony but not try to do the impossible and cover the November reception too.

Post # 12
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995 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@echapman:  @echapman:  it actually sounds like you really lucked out and found someone super cheap whose work you are really happy with. The complete lack of professionalism, experience and customer service is unfortunately the trade off for the price. I’d actually consider Keeping her for the ceremony and getting a partial refund for not covering the reception.

Post # 13
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785 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

She is very unprofessional. Fire her and write a review online. No photographer would act this way, ever. I just showed this post to my pro photographer friend who in turn sent the link to one of his pro photographer friends and they both agree this is highly unprofessional. Her whole “work” if you can call it that, is being dictated by what she wants. She may be a nice person but is unreliable and ultimately will prob ruin your day. You definitely don’t want that.

Good luck!

Post # 14
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788 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Fire her!! Its Not too late to find another photographer!! I cannot believe she wants you to change your time at YOUR wedding. Im in awe over this…

Post # 16
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7285 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Asking you to change the time of your event… HELL NO! Drop her. 

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