- 4 years ago
- Wedding: April 2013
So I’m having an issue with my wedding photographer, who is family (my cousin’s husband). My wedding was this past spring and we asked my cousins husband if he would be interested in shooting our wedding. Photography is definitely a hobby of his, every family function we come out with great pictures that he’s taken. He had recently shot a wedding and had another on the horizon, so we asked if he would be interested.
A little back story, every family function he is ALWAYS off in the background, snapping pictures throughout the day. We knew he’d be doing the same at our wedding, why not pay him to do what he’d do anyway right?
He was hesitant at first to accept because he was not a professional and this was such a big day for us. I’m a very laid back person and was willing to give a budding photographer a shot, who is essentially family, and who is testing the waters in doing photography full time. Especially because I’ve seen his work before and was impressed. We also told him if he’d prefer to just be a guest, by all means be a guest and we’ll hire someone else.
On multiple occassions I asked if he’d like to get a contract going and what would he need for a down payment for equipment; every time he would tell me it’s not necessary, he will get payment on what pictures we would buy off his website (and what other people would buy) and that was enough payment. One request I had was to have a copy of ALL the pictures, for my own personal collection from the day, and that I would be buying any photos I’d like to display through him; he said that was not a problem.
Wedding day came and went and he did a great job! Took about 3 months, multiple missed promises, for me to see the 279 pictures he had loaded to his site. Again, he did a good job on those pictures. I also gave him a generous gift as a thank you for everything he did on our wedding day.
I asked if I could get a copy of all the pictures, he said that he took a series of 5-6 pictures of each shot, so most would be the same, but is there a picture I think he took that he didn’t include? My problem is I wouldn’t know because I’ve never seen all the pictures.
What should I do in this situation? I’ve contacted him one additional time, but I’ve gotten no response (2 weeks and counting), and am getting the cold shoulder from my cousin. Am I wrong to think that I should be able to see all the pictures?