(Closed) :( Second photographer can't find their memory Card

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Aw, I’m sorry! I can kind of commiserate, though…

Our second shooter (Photog #2–a 17-year-old high school student, and someone our photographer (Photog #1) had never worked with before) has been giving us the run-around for MONTHS about our photos. She claims she’s sent them multiple times, but we never received anything, and then when we get a hold of her again, she apologizes and says that she’s been busy getting her portfolio ready for school (she’s starting college in the fall). Photog #1 hasn’t been any help, either, since Photog #2 isn’t employed by him, and he says that he held up the end of his contract (which he did–nothing in the contract states a date that #2 needs to give us the photos by)… UGH. It’s just that she’s the one who got all the photos of me getting ready with my girls, because Photog #1 was with the guys…

We paid an extra $300 for the second shooter, and DH is at the point where he’s ready to take legal action (even if it costs more than the original cost of hiring her)… he’s just so frustrated.

But enough about me/us… *fingers crossed* they find the memory card!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Oh no!  Fingers crossed that the memory card is found.  We paid for a videographer/video package that was a no show.  I know that doesn’t help your sitation but I’m hopeful for you.  Best of luck.  

Post # 5
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3886 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

It’s tough when you do business with friends and it doesn’t turn out like you had expected.  Would you consider asking her to do an informal fun shoot with the wedding party as a make-up for the missing photos if the memory card doesn’t turn up? It wouldn’t replace those missing photos, but it’s a lemonade-from-lemons idea, as it would give you a great excuse to get the gang all together again for a fun and memorable occasion.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@FreckledFox:  It was attached to our photography package, which I’m also not thrilled with, and we are currently working through it.  

But a lost card can turn up, right?  Better than a no-show?  

 

Post # 9
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Busy bee

That sucks!! I back up my second shooters cards during the wedding reception on my laptop or on our ride home she backs them up on my computer while I’m driving.  Hope it turns up.

 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Although a professional photographer, probably wouldn’t have just misplaced a memory card, missing photos can happen at any level.  Our package was $4000+ and we’re missing photos (corrupted card) from our reception intros, cake cutting, etc.  It sucks, but crap happens.  And in the grand scheme of things, those pictures aren’t as important as some of the other ones, that could have been lost.  If you think about it, how many times are you going to look through your bridesmaids coming down the aisle pictures?  I bet you concentrate on the ones that you do have of you and your hubby. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

@coffeegal85:  There is a chance that any component of your wedding can fail, photography is just one of them.  I do think by hiring full time wedding photographers a lot of these types of stories can be avoided.  The OP’s story honestly doesn’t surprised me in the least.  We’ve always felt a huge sense of responsibility when it comes to the protection of the images we take at a wedding, and currently there are tools that photographers can use to greatly reduce the odds for memory cards being replaced.  Our current cameras have two memory card slots in them that record an indentical copy of every photo we take back on to the second card (which never leaves the camera).  Files are downloaded, checked for errors, and then backed up to multiple hard drives before the cards get reused again.  This level of care for the images does come at a cost though, and it’s worth asking anyone you hire what measures they take to protect the data.

Post # 12
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11299 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@FreckledFox:  oh no so sorry. It’s no-one’s fault, a it’s an accident so don’t blame yourself whatsoever. Good luck

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@continuumphotography:  I agree with what you said, but there are some things that us brides have to tell ourselves to get through the devastation of losing such important photos.  My photographers were a very popular, award-winning set of photographers, but they still lost my photos.  When I booked them, they were using small memory cards to prevent losing alot of pictures (I asked), but that must have changed between the time I booked and my wedding, because I lost 200 photos.  Point being, photography can fail at all levels, and the OP shouldn’t feel any worse because she used a friend. 

Post # 14
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323 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Being a photographer, I think that it is worth investing in photos, but this can honestly happen to any photographer. I have a photographer friend who shot a wedding and the whole card corrupted. It is for that reason that I shoot on 4GB cards. People say I am nuts but if I have one corrupted card it is 150 photos versus 1000. That’s worth changing cards regularly, for me. 

Not all photographers have the double slot cameras – it is not an industry standard, by any means. 

I actually don’t clear cards until they’ve been backed up to three places. Even then, I have had four methods of backup fail because sometimes shit happens and I was down to the online backups and a thumb drive of images for one wedding. It felt hairy but I can’t imagine what would have happened had I not had redundancies. 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@FreckledFox:  OP, did any of your guests capture your BMs walking down the aisle?  If so, get those photos and see if your friend can fix them up in Photoshop for you. 

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