(Closed) Attack of the FRIENDOR! :/

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
817 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013 - Mansion House at the MD Zoo

Did you have a contract with him? It should specify the amount of time he has to release images to you (I would not expect to wait more than MAYBE 6-8 weeks at the most) and the manner in which you will be provided images. It should also say how many edited/retouched/etc images you will get, if you get access to all images or just a certain number, whether they will be hi-res or standard, etc. How many prints you get and what sizes, cost for extra prints, blah blah blah. If he’s not fulfilling it, I would send him a registered letter detailing what the braeches of his contract were and that you will be pursuing legal action if he does not fulfill all contract terms within X days (probably 30). You probably at least had verbal/emailed discussions prior to the wedding about times, expectations, etc, and you should fall back on those. If you don’t have a contract you may be out of luck, although again I would send him a certified letter requesting a response so at least you know where you stand.

You may also want to talk to your mom–if she has a professional relationship with him, particularly one where she accepts donated services from him, it may be more touchy for her for you to call him out. You’re still probably right, particlarly if there is a contract, but she may prefer that you approach him differently. Other than that, I would treat it as a professional relationship and hold him to his contract.

Post # 5
3947 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

“We did not have a contract, which I realize in hindsight was a terrible idea.”

I hate to be the bearer or bad news.  But no contract means you have no leverage.  He could never respond to you again and there could be nothing you could do about it.

And for the record, no professional photographer would photograph a wedding without a contract signed and copied. 

Sorry this is happening and I hope you get your pictures.  

Post # 6
2866 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

This is a tough one. I get that you want your picture, but you have the majority of them, 1.400 shot is a ton and you have no contract. You can keep trying and you of course should, but I’d also make peace with the idea that those are shots you may never get. Not saying it’s fair, just saying likely that is what is going to happen. 

Post # 8
2299 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

i would save or somehow ensure that he can’t get pissed and take the 1,400 photos you DO have down. you need to copy them to a disk, whatever. just make sure that those are safe!

does he have an office? i would perhaps try ‘my husband and i would like to set up a meeting with you so that we can pay you for x photos (or whatever)’. he may be more willing to take that meeting, and he may be alot more honest/receptive in person.


Post # 10
2299 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

@LoveMikey:  yeah even if they’re low res, i’d save them all to a dvd. worst case scenario, they should be fine for smaller photos etc.

i would ‘drop by’ the office and i would go with your husband or your mother. sometimes having another person there forces to person to be on…better behaviour? i don’t know if that’s the right way to explain it, but he may want to appear more professional/willing etc to you AND someone else.

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