How to tell the photographer, "No thank you"…

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Did you sign a contract?  Take a look and see what happens if you cancel.  

In terms of what to say, just be honest.  Just realize that you may not get your deposit back.

Post # 5
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1103 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I would use the “we decided to go in another direction” line?

Post # 6
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693 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@parada:  I agree with @stephee: .  Tell the photog that you decided to go elsewhere.  If you’re fine with not getting the deposit back, then you really have nothing to lose.  Good luck!

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

Since she’s a family friend, be prepared for some resentment on her part, whether you are polite or not.  Would she still be invited to the wedding?  You could always just say “We’d prefer you enjoy the wedding as a guest, rather than having to worry about working”.

Post # 9
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724 posts
Busy bee

If I may… I recommend telling her why you were less than thrilled with the photos she took for you. What you describe are very valid reasons for seeking out a new professional, and that feedback is valuable for her to hear if her skill level will probably cost her other future jobs.

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