Our photographer got booked right out from under us!

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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1902 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I’m sure you’ll find another photogapher that works for you.  Photography was a big priority for my wedding, so it was the first vendor I booked after I locked down my date and venue.  Once I decided on other vendors, I was quick to send them a deposit to save the date and basically told them we could work out the details later. 

Post # 4
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337 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@kb7:  that seems pretty rude of the photographer actually.  Generally when you were the first to contact them, they set that date aside, and should anyone come along and request that date – usually they give you first right of refusal.  But maybe the delay over the last three months made him wonder if you were serious and would actually hire him, but still he should have told the couple that hired him, that someone else has tagged this date and I will give them 48 hours to refuse.  That’s what I’ve encountered in the photography world (for the most part).

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

That sucks, but I am sure you will find another.  Just curious – why were you emailing with them for three months prior to booking anything?  I met with my vendors quickly after initiating contact and locked them down.  I have a feeling he thought you were not serious, or came across a more low maintenance bride. 

Post # 7
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505 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

that sucks, but why did you wait until 3 months of emailing to set up the meeting? definitely leaves lots of opportunity for someone else to put a deposit down!

 

hope you find someone 🙂

Post # 9
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6270 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

if you were emailing back and forth for 3 months, could you not meet him sooner to put a deposit down.  maybe he didn’t this you were serious?

as a curtesy he should have called you first to let you know another couple was interested in the date.

but that being said, you did not put money down and therefore he had a guarentee.

good luck in your search.

Post # 11
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3693 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

In your most recent emails, did you make it clear to the photographer that you intended to book them for that particular date? Was the meeting you scheduled just to put the deposit on the date? Once you booked the venue/date, I think I would have sent a check by mail immediately for the deposit. Wedding photographers book up so quickly it’s ridiculous.

 

Post # 12
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11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@kb7:  That’s so annoying. We had that happen to us, too.  Personally, I think if both parties are ready to make a deposit, it should go to whomever contacted the photographer first.  In our situation, it should have been us, but because the other couple had a meeting in the morning and ours was in teh afternoon we got screwed. In the end we ended up with a way better photographer anyways but I totally hear you on how frustrating it is.

Post # 13
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134 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@kb7:  This is exactly what happened to us!!! I am still secretly gutted and look at her work all the time but we found another photographer who is (almost) as good which I’m sure you’ll do the same!!! 

Post # 14
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477 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

He should have warned you that without a deposit or retainer fee, his policy is that the date was up for grabs.  ALL of the photographers we spoke to made this clear to us from the get-go, no matter how serious we were or how many times we communicated with them.

This is a question that needs to be asked at the start.  Also understand the difference between a deposit and a retainer fee (just in case).

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