(Closed) Photographer backed out :(

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Did you sign a contract with this photographer?

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

there should be a clause in your contract that stipulates any recourse you have in this instance.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

that sucks, but she didn’t really back out if you hadn’t retained her yet.  at least you have plenty of time to find a new one!  i would ask her for recommendations…she may have some other photographer friends she works with that may have a similar shooting style.  good luck!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Um, no, don’t work with this photographer. It sounds sketchy to me that she didn’t have a contract with you back in Feb to secure your date and is now telling you she’s booked on your wedding day? Sounds to me like she got an inquiry for a better paying wedding and is taking that over yours. Doesn’t sound like a professional to me.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

@BeeM: hm i didn’t get that vibe at all.  if there was no contract and no deposit was paid, why would the photographer hold a date open when there’s another client who is willing to do both those things?  i’d argue if she DIDN’T do this, she wouldn’t be very professional.  after all, the OP did have since february to lock in a contract.

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2011

If you booked the photographer in Feb, she really should have been discussing the contract and getting it in progress that month. Maybe you dodged a bullet here?

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

Post title was misleading, The photographer didn’t back out, you never contracted them.

To the photographers defense, money talks and, well you know

To your defense, it would of been nice for the photographer to give you the right of first refusal.

Honestly, this sounds like there was some miscommunication, and the photographer perhaps didn’t think you were serious about booking.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I am a wedding photographer, and i say once i have received a deposit……i am booked. until then its not booked. why would it be? do i save the wedding date for someone who may or may not even get back to me?

I am sorry, but if you didnt pay a retainer or sign a contract…..you wasnt booked.

Having said that, i have kept a date for people who have said they will pay a deposit when they can, but i hold that date ONLY if i dont get enquiries. if i got an enquirey, i would let the couple know, and if they can pay me the retainer/deposit, then i tell the new couple i am sorry but i am not free. if the first couple cant come up with the money then i let the new couple have the date.

i am in business not a charity…… money talks, and we all gotta eat.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

@anne B:  “enquiries” sorry gotta chuckle!  🙂

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I just backed out of eight potential events- one of the women had been emailing me for about six months, had yet to put down a deposit and sign a contract. Until you do those things, like others have said, it’s really not her fault. I felt bad about it, but my circumstances are changing and I’m not sure I can handle all the work. I think it’s better they find someone else.

 Personally, I wouldn’t allow someone else to pick my photographer- it’s such a personal decision. I’m sure there are other wonderful photographers or a vendor that would be willing to travel.  I would have the planner recommend a few photographers, check out their work and decide for yourself.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I have to agree with anne B

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@USER876:

LOL…..i never could spell!  😉

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