Photographer Advice

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

If it were me, I would email him and say that you need the photos this weekend or you will be taking legal action on Monday.  

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Do you guys have a lawyer? I think it might be time to retain some counsel.

Post # 5
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395 posts
Helper bee

Send a registered letter stating that he has to xyz date to get you the wedding or you’re going ahead with legal action. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

i’d say you want to take it off his plate…you would like the images + a discount to cover processing by a company like shootdotedit.

Post # 7
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362 posts
Helper bee

15 weeks seams like a long time but really 15 weeks is just about 3 months which I think is about the tail end of what is acceptable.  If he doesent deliver within the next few weeks though I would take legal action

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

As a photographer, I 100% agree with responses 4 and 5. Send a registered letter, stating that the length of time that has already passed is a breach of contract (because it is absolutely insane), and you require fully edited images by Sunday in order to avoid taking legal action. Also state that if he is incapable of delivering fully edited images by that time, you will require a discount, a copy of the high resolution images and a release to have your images edited elsewhere. 

I dispise photographers who do this, they give the rest of us a bad name. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@ash064:  3 months is acceptable for delivery of the entire set of images.. and that would have been 3 weeks ago already. I understand if he is super busy, but he should have done staggered delivery as he got batches of images done. To see nothing for 15 weeks is just bad business.

Post # 10
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Helper bee

It’s gone too far. The longest I ever took to deliver a wedding was 8 weddings and I had the flu in the middle. Plus it would worry me why he was delaying. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@mittenbride:  Send a registered letter (which he has to personally sign for) stating the date by which you need to receive your images before taking legal action. I would give maybe two weeks in the letter, and spend the next two weeks looking at your legal options. In all likelihood, though, it’s going to be more expensive to take him to court than anything you might get back from him. :/

I know photographers who take 4-5 months to deliver (they are super busy and do a lot of destination shooting so they just aren’t home for weeks and weeks at a time to edit) but that is always stated upfront in the contract. With no time frame stated, 15 weeks is past acceptable.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

Complain to the Better Busines Beauro?  Or file a claim in small claims court?

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@mittenbride:  I’m 100% on your side. If I ever had a situation come up where I was unable to get images to somebody by the promised date, I would give a reasonable explanation. The fact that this guy hasn’t done so is just insane to me. Maybe he has had emergencies or whatever, but knowing that he’s a business owner and has contracts outstanding, he should have a plan for addressing the clients who are waiting for their products in the case he can’t deliver in time. I’m really sorry you’re having this experience. I assume you are still without your images?

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