(Closed) Post-wedding advice! (photographer cancelled the day of)

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
Hostess
7561 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

Yikes! Kudos to you for keeping your cool, I would have flipped!

How about if you two get dressed up in your wedding dress and suit and take some portraits? They could be even better than wedding pics because you wouldn’t be nervous! 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

You could always schedule a new session (possibly with a different photographer, it seems). Get your hair and makeup done, put your dress back on, and take fabulous pictures with your new husband. You have guest pictures to remember the good things from your wedding day, but if you want some killer pictures of you all you may need to recreate the day.

Post # 5
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753 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

My friend had a florist forget about them on their wedding day, and in order to make amends the florist paid for the cake, photos, and the vases they bought for the centerpieces. 

 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

What does your contract say about cancellations?  I would insist that the photographer schedule a post-wedding shoot.  The pictures won’t be with your family on your wedding day, but its still memories with your husband.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would set up a photo sharing site, perhaps as part of your wedding website if you had one, and reach out to ALL guests, asking them to upload every photo. There might be a lot more good ones out there than you imagine.  Perhaps the photographer would be willing to do the cropping and editing as a token of apology for her missing your wedding— medical emergency is a perfectly legit reason, and I’m glad to see you’re not trying to take her head off over things. If the photographer doesn’t have the skillset, look for someoe in graphic design. You might be surprised how a little focusing and cropping can turn an “okay” picture into a really good picture.  You can usually get a graphics design intern from your local college for pretty cheap.

A make-up shoot is always a decent option but I’d see what diamonds in the rough might already be lurking in the guest photos, just waiting for a little tidying up, because photos of the actual day are always more memorable to me than staged photos taken later.

Post # 8
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6451 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

While I sympothize that she had a medical emergency, she should have had a replacement – even if if they couldn’t get there ASAP…something is better than nothing. As a professional, it’s in my contract that should I be medically/physically unable to shoot a wedding it is my responsibility to find a replacement. You should be, at the very least, having a reshoot of your bride/groom photos.

Furthermore, her business & liability insurance should cover her for such a circumstance, and I’ve heard of cases like this where they’ve had to pay out for a couple fo recreate their wedding.

I can honestly say I’ve never been in this situation, and god willing, never will have to be. I just know, taking the pro photographer side of me out of it and putting on my bride hat, I would be absoluely devistated if my photographer didn’t show and I had no good photos. You better believe I’d be having a redo WITH a different photographer at their expense. Call me crazy, but my photos were hands down the most important “extra” of the day. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Ohhh, that is terrible! Emergencies happen and of course there is nothing you can do about it but I would have hoped the photographer would have had some type of back up plan! Anyway, there is nothing you can do about it now, just very unfortunate.

How about a Trash the Dress photo shoot? Or something similar where the two of you dress up again and get your professional photos done.

Post # 10
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344 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@starfish0116:  I’m sorry but that’s just not always possible. I’ve never missed a wedding but I have had a colleague have a heart attack the day of a wedding. It was horrible for the couple but when you’re in the hospital trying not to die you cant be calling for a stand in. That and all my colleagues shoot weddings of their own. I’m assuming the OP got a full refund. I certainly would have given one in that circumstance and a day after shoot as well. But as important as a wedding day is, it doesn’t trump death! And you can’t recreate a wedding. How hollow would that be? My contract specifially forbids that even though my insurance would pay for it. At best, have a stylized shoot done that incorporates some of the key elements from your wedding day. 

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Lashmont:  We’re going to have to agree to disagree on this one. Clearly death trumps someone wedding, but when you’re in our line of work you need to be prepared for the unthinkable and be able to make it happen – no matter what. I have a physical printed list of backup photographers and their contact info, and that list has been given to about 5 people who are closest to me (parents, my BFF) – people who are closest to me and would be “in the know” should something happen to me. They’re instructed to have at least ONE of them handle making arrangements for me should I be indisposed. Call it crazy, call it insensitive, whatever…all I know is that when you’re a wedding photographer the rules change. You are no longer your own person, you have a responsibility to other people on the most important day of their life. 

I too shoot alone a good majority of the time, and I’ve shot a wedding with the flu so bad I could hardly stand it. I’ve missed birthday parties, holidays, and funerals for weddings. 

Post # 12
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344 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@starfish0116:  Oh trust me, I’ve shot under adverse conditions. I broke a foot at a wedding and kept shooting. My point is, never say never. And there are no guarantees in life. If you are telling people you guarantee a replacement that’s just not possible. I shot a wedding three days after a miscarriage. I have those lists too. And a very detailed list of things to do in the case of my death. And sure, I can find any number of warm bodies with a camera to show up at a wedding. Would they be any better than a guest who steps in. Probably not. My point, don’t judge another pro unless you’ve walked in their shoes. Saying that any pro should be able to find you a replacement is just not realistic. 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

And having that in your contract is leaving you wide open foR some serious litigation!!

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Anyways, my understanding is this is why you purchase wedding insurance so that yes you can somewhat recreate your day. If you cannot do a total reshoot of your wedding contact another photographer in your area to ssee what they suggest for you. So sorry this happened I would FREAK OUT !! This is a good reason to have two photographers in your package or have a videographer as well, ours took pics too. 

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