(Closed) Can I un-hire my photographer?

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Helper bee

No signed contract, no need to go with that photographer. 

 Just tell him that in the end you both were not a match.  

Post # 4
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Newbee

I agree, if you didn’t sign a contract or pay him a deposit, I would tell him that you chose to go another way. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

I agree, with no signed contract, and his lack of communication I would let him know you decided to go with a different photographer.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

Lindsey, I wouldn’t worry, he’ll may end up booking another bride for that date anyways. It’ll be much less stress for you to have a photog that you’re happy with.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Legally, he could put up a stink about this. A verbal contract is binding and he does have some emails to "back it up". Although, with his unprofessionalism, I doubt he would go down that road.

Talk to your officiant and see what he/she says about firing him. Also, if you do choose to do this, go about it in a professional and nice way. Also, give him some reasons (real or fake). That way he will have no reason to "show up and do something crazy" (and that would scare me a bit too!)

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Oh, and I think you should fire him and go with a better photog!!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I know exactly how you feel…the same thing happened with our first officiant AND my first makeup artist. I dont care much for confrontation, so I dreaded having to call them and say, "thanks, but no thanks…"

You can just write him a short email saying that your plans have changed and you’ve decided to go with another photographer. Thank him for speaking to you earlier in the process and hope him the best. Thats more than enough. Without a contract or much communication, its probably more than he would expect anyway!

Post # 12
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Helper bee

I don’t think you need to worry about any kinda harsh confrontation.  If anything it would be more on the lines of either I am sorry to see you go or is there anything I can do to be your photographer.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

If you’re worried about it, I would just send a quick email to let him know that you will no longer require his services, it’s up to you how far you go into detail. But, at least then, you have a paper trail to prove you weren’t lying to him. But if there was no deposit, no contract you don’t owe him anything monetary-wise. If he asks, just tell the truth. I don’t think you have anything to worry about.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

And I doubt a verbal agreement would stand in this situation…it doesnt sound like you had extensive communication. He seemed pretty unofficial from the start, which is what bugged you in the first place, right? I’d be really surprised if he tried to hold you to the service…there is probably a reason he has been so unavailable.

Post # 15
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Busy bee

Fist off with the fact he didn’t want to give you a contract nor take a deposit is a HUGE red flag.  This guy doesn’t value her client relationships and I would be more nervous about her not showing up or showing up but you never receiving your photos.  Verbal or not she has no legal grounds to come after you and it would not hold up in court even if she tried.  I would go with someone who  will sign a contact and you will know follow through with their obligations.

Hope this helps and good luck!!

Ashley (almost PizzutiPizzuti)

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

A verbal agreement can be upheld in court, but just like he could potentially make a claim that you are liable financially, you could possibly make a claim that he breached whatever verbal contract you had….all depending on the details of your situation, of course.

If you’re worried about it, you have the option of just telling him that you no longer need his services and seeing how he reacts before you book someone else. If he puts up a fight, at least you won’t be saddled with two photographers expecting you to pay.

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