(Closed) Take your time to pick the RIGHT photographer!!

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
293 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Wow so sorry you have to go through this!!! and it’s crazy you met them at a wedding expo….usually the vendors there are very legit! Technically 40% I think is the usual deposit….most photographers usually want that or 50% of the deposit but for them to give you all that heartache there has to be something that can be done especially since you paid them upfront. And $2000 is a lot! Honestly I probably would’ve done something sooner especially since you stated you had problems with them from the start. Most photographers who are serious about their business don’t ignore emails and respond in a timely manner so that was red flag #1 and red flag #2 was them deleting their wedding content and you probably should not have ignored that cold email but you live and you learn. 

Hope you find some way to get things all worked for you

Post # 4
135 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Wedding shows are getting to be full of scammers. They offer great prices and incentives to sign  up on the spot and then something like this happens! I’m very sorry this happened to you. They probably knew they were going to run out on you from the start! 

Post # 5
90 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2000

Ouch. I’m sorry to hear that. I had something similar happen where my reception venue went bankrupt and canceled on my. I was extremely fortunate that they returned my deposit but I still have the stress of finding a new location 2 months before my wedding while tryin to graduate from engineering school.

Have you paid in full or is $2K just the deposit?  If you paid with a credit card, definetely dispute the charges. Be ready with a copy of your contract, all emails, and dates and times you attempted to call them. Most of all avoid getting emotional even though you have the right to get upset.

You can find a photographer on this short notice. This economy has left many good pros with open dates. 

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