Post # 1
Hey bees, I’ve gone and put myself in an awkward position. I had booked a photographer for my wedding (awesome guy, super nice, tons of experience) already, but recently won a contest for a different photographer. I really like the contest photographer – I love their work, their pictures are amazing. They offered us a better package, and with the contest, we’re getting a really good price for it. So now, I’ve gone and booked the contest photographers, and have to go back and cancel with the first guy. Any suggestions on how to go about it?
Post # 2
dazzlechild: I would just be honest with him about it. I don’t think there will be any hard feelings, it’s not like he’s going to offer you a free photography package.
Post # 3
- Wedding: July 2014 - The Meeting House/DoubleTree by Hilton
dazzlechild: This has never happened to me so I’m just guessing here, but this is what I would do:
Do you have a contract with the first photographer? If so, look it over – you might owe him some money or at least a deposit (if you put one down). I think you should reach out him ASAP. Call if you’re comfortable with it, but email if that works better for you. Explain that you recently won a contest and are changing photographers (you can bring up the budget if you want and it’s a real factor). I wouldn’t say anything about you preferring the other photographer’s style or photos over your original photographer’s work. He has a business and I’m sure something like this has happened before, so just be straightforward, polite, and willing to pay whatever your contract says and you should be good.
Post # 4
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
If you’re afraid to call him then send him an email cancelling his services ASAP so he can book another wedding on your date. Every day that you wait, he could be losing out on other business for that day. Check your contract to see if all or part of your deposit is refundable (usually it’s not) and address it in the email as well. Be honest and tell him that while you like his work you won a contest for free photography from another company so you no longer need his services.
Post # 5
Thanks everyone. I think I’m just nonconfrontational and was dreading having to cancel. But I will definitely talk to him as soon as possible.