- 5 years ago
- Wedding: April 2013
I’m debating firing our photographer. I found him on wedding wire and wedding channel with excellent reviews. He offered us a discount since we are doing a fri wedding in april. He was very friendly in the beginning and a little slow to respond to our calls or emails, but tolerable.
We paid the deposit of $125 and signed a contract and the balance of the $600 is due on the day of. (we had not pinned down a time, but on the contract, I wrote in getting ready photos at 330PM and he never said anything about it).
Anyways, I sent him some updates on changes (venue) and a couple of inspiration photos (so really like 3 emails over 5 mo’s=not too much) and he didn’t respond. Fine, no response needed, really. I then sent an email in Jan with more specifics about times and places and he emailed back and said ‘this looks fine, I’ll call you a few weeks before your wedding’.
I started calling him when he didnt call me 3 weeks before our wedding, to check in on times, etc and tell him that we needed to move it up by 1/2 hour due to a construction project-called twice over three days, left messages. No response after 4 days so then I emailed him and asked him to give me a call (nicely). He called and left a message and said ‘I dont know what you needed but I have you down for __time at __ park, if anything’s changed, let me know otherwise I’ll see you there’.
I called and left a message about the time changes and no response. So after that I emailed him and said we need you earlier, …there’s a construction project….
He emailed back and said HE HAS A DAY JOB! and that he can’t leave that until after 3, which is why he doesnt offer services until after 4pm on weekedays.
Um Say What?!!
You should have seen my face, urgh.
it takes an hour and a half to get to our venue from where he is. I’m devastated, so I had the fiance call him and he said they figured it out. he’s gonna ‘probably’ going to ‘try’ and leave his job by 230, which will get him there about 15 minutes after I’d like him to be there. which is fine, but if there is a wreck (rush hour weekday, Friday traffic) or anything else, he will cause our ceremony to be late -and everything else late etc.
At first, I was like, ok, it is what it is and, i thought, Ok, so you’re not a people person, or a talker or emailing type person-lol. but I’m PAYING him for a service, and that bothers me.
I found another company yellow paddle, who has a great photographer available for $800, which si $200 more, they are start up photographers, but they are all that’s available in our price range this late in the game.The current flakey photographer is known and nominated and blah blah blah and has excellent pics and great quality on his facebook and on his website, so I am torn.
Just wanted thoughts and opinions. Am I being bridezilla? Is it a big deal if our ceremony is 15-30 mins late? I have 13 days-is that too late to fire/hire?