Wedding photos not received

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 5
922 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Is Jan 17 your correct wedding date? If so, that was pretty recent. How long ago does the photogapher claim the photos were mailed? And how long has he been ignoring your messages?


Post # 6
4072 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Yeah… no contract, so you might be screwed. Who knows if this guy took off.

January 17th is recent though. I got my photos yesterday, and my date is before yours. How long since you last spoke to him?

Post # 8
477 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013


Even if there is no contract, e-mails exchanged that detail the agreed-upon price, promised dates, and what the delivered products were supposed to be MIGHT give you a legal leg to stand on. 

But I’d actually give him until Monday to get back to you – he could have had a family emergency or something this week.  Additionally, one month is a pretty quick turna-around.

Btw, when you say “photos,” do you mean actual prints, or are they digital files on some sort of disk?  If they’re digital, maybe it’d be more convenient to ask him if he could upload them online somewhere with a link for you to download if you can’t trust him to physically mail you a package. 

If he mails you something, insist on a tracking number.

Post # 10
2878 posts
Sugar bee

@jachol03:  I didn’t mean it as a judgement, but your last question lead me to believe you wanted some kind of procedure to get the pictures ; but you need proof of that. Unfortunately, promises by word are not proof. Maybe the date he would released the pictures would not have been included in the contract, but at least you would have some sort of resort if ever he would simply never give them back to you (hopefully it won’t happen). As a PP said, keep all your emails and go back to your inbox to see if you still have the ones your exchanged when you agreed on the wedding photography package.

What worries me is not the timeline because editing could take a couple more weeks I guess (I’ve heard of pro pics being released 3-5 months after the event). What worries me is that he now ignores you and doesn’t respond to his emails. 

Post # 13
1 posts
  • Wedding: October 2014

New York and L.A. have Departments of Consumer Affairs that assist with those types of issues. Check if your area has a similar department. Also your local District Attorney’s office might have a division that can help. You can also try mediation or taking him to small claims court.

Post # 14
508 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

oral contracts are enforceable for services, especially services of a small price.  The problem is proving there was an oral contract – which the emails should show.  So you have all the evidence you need  but is it worth suing?  Probably it would cost more in filing/service of process fees than the pictures are worth.  But for sentimental value, maybe?  Still a ton of time and money.


I’d email him and let him know that it is clear he did not send you pictures at this point, and you will seeking recourse and notifying consumer affairs of his fraudulant business practices….see if that provokes a response.  

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