Post # 1
So my fiance and I live in Richmond, VA and we hired a wedding photographer based out of Richmond. A couple of months into our planning, the photographer surprises us and tells us that he’s up and moving to NYC! (2 weeks later, he’s out!) We have a signed contract, but I am SO nervous and kind of annoyed that he wans’t up front with us from the start with his big move. We now have to worry about making sure he gets to our wedding in time with no issues during his travels…we also have to keep in constant contact with him because we feel like we keep having to get affirmation that we can depend on him. We had to practically beg him for his new mailing address..
Had he said from the start that he was planning to relocate to NYC within a couple of months, we would have moved on and found a Richmond based photographer! Since then, just by happenstance, we found an amazing photographer based out of Richmond who charges 1/2 the price and still has availability for our wedding day (their entire package is the same price as what we still owe our originally photographer).
Should I mention to my current photographer that we don’t have peace of mind with his location/travels and would rather stay local with the new photographer we found? He may even prefer to stay in NYC and not deal with the hassle of coming back down to VA that weekend. Or should I take my chances and stick with our original photographer?
Apparently there are other brides in the area experiencing the same stress..
Post # 3
O man. thats tough. i would def talk to the old photog about you being unsure of using them since they are now horus away. explain that you are more comfortable using a photog who is in town. You may loose your deposit, but i would switch to the photog in town. it would make me nervous to use the other.
Post # 4
Your photographer represented himself as a photographer in the Richmond area. He should have waited to move until all his contracts were complete, or been upfront with you. I would cancel and hire someone more local.
Post # 5
@Jen51287: Yeah, I’m thinking my fiance and I will have to make that call this wekeend! The last thing I want to do is stress out… plus we’re getting married in August.. right in the middle of East Coast Hurricane Season. :/
Post # 6
As long as he says he will be there I dont see the big deal. My FI’s family is outside of Richmond and I make that drive down there alone with no issues. It isnt that far.
Post # 7
If he says he’ll be there on your wedding day and you have no reason to doubt him (that is, you’ve had this conversation and he’s said, “I promise, I will be there for the whole length of your wedding and festivities”), then stay with him.
Post # 8
I’d be more leary about why the alternate photographer is SO much cheaper. That’s more of a red flag to me than a photographer moving a few hours away. I had to move to Colorado unexpectedly from the Northeast one year and flew back for ALL 28 weddings I had already booked no problem. I kind of think you’re making a mountain out of a molehill and it’s not worth losing your retainer and current photographer over.
Post # 9
@Chelwilly: I say talk to him and see what he says but if he seems flaky then go with the second one but make sure that there pics are up to snuff and that other brides have been statisfied with there work in the past before booking.
Post # 10
@MrsTVLover: +1 I more than agree with this.
Post # 11
Talk to him!! Im in the same general area as you and there are TONS of great photographers…check your contract and talk to him…if he seems noncommittal move on. Good Luck!!
Post # 12
- Wedding: September 2013 - Creek club at ion, SC
While I understand your frustration and you have every right to be, there is no way Id be going with a photog who cost half of what Id originally planned to pay when Ive already paid one half. If he cost so much I would say he is most likely a better bet than the other photographer. I would still talk to him though, explain how you feel and see if you can get some sort of better guarantee or compensation.
Post # 13
Update—- my Fiance talked to our current photographer today, he says he’s never missed a wedding, never will & that his career could be at jeopardy if he misses it. He gave us some affirmation and a timeline for when he’ll be in town and at the wedding so I think we’ll stick with him. His pictures are amazing as well! Hopefully I was just overreacting..
Post # 14
Our photographer is coming from five hours away. I really don’t think it’s a big deal o them to travel.