(Closed) Help! Can't get a hold of my photographer and only 8 days to go!!!

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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7647 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

Does he have an actual office? If he does I would go down there.

Try not to freak out though! All month I have been bat-shit crazy, contacting my vendors every week until I sat down and was like, “Ok, they are professionals. They will show up.” This guy probably has other weddings or events besides yours, so cut him some slack. He will show up 🙂

Worse case senario is he doesn’t show, which is highly unlikely. I just think he doesn’t have much more to say to you about your wedding right now. Just breath, and everything will be ok.

Good luck! All will work out! *hugs*

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

stalk him out – I hope he has a physical office location – go there! This is so wrong!

Post # 6
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1000 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@kelseymadeline:  Glad it all worked out!

Just wanted to say to some of the PPs though, please do NOT TEXT your photographers. We appreciate a professional email and 24 hours to respond (unless it’s literally the day before your wedding). 5 days is not the urgent situation in photographer world as it can be perceived as in bride world and texting should be reserved for absolutel emergencies only. Being texted by clients at all hours of the day/night can really rub your photographer the wrong way. We have lives and families, too.

ETA: If I had to guess what happened the guy most likely got annoyed/busy and rather than text you back something nasty waited until it was closer to your day to respond to minimize the correspondences.

Post # 7
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780 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Mine has dropped me because I asked for a contract. Guess I will be getting family members to take photos.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@mrsrigsby60:  What?  Your post has nothing to do with this thead.  If what you wrote is true, count yourself lucky to not be involved with that photographer.  Professionals use contracts.  And your wedding is in 9 months, that’s plenty of time to find another photographer…

OP- glad it worked out!  I would have been worried too.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@BooRadley:  No, I’m not going to look for another one. She is a professional, but she thought since we are friends we didn’t need one. Sorry you didn’t think I shouldn’t have commented, but I was trying to say I understand frustration. 

 

I was a professional wedding planner and I know how things should go, but I will just get a family member to do it. She won’t contact me now and she asked for the deposit which I was happy to give, but not with out a contract. She stopped all communication since I asked for on. Glad it happened now.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@mrsrigsby60:  See, once you explained more (that you also understood frustration with photographers, like the OP) it made sense.  Your original post did not seem related to this post.  Sorry if I seemed harsh, there’s been a lot of spam posts lately and its annoying.  I still think that any professional photographer would use a contract, friend or not, and the fact that she won’t respond once you brought it up sounds fishy to me.  I agree that its good that it happened now, rather than closer to your wedding.

 

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@PassionatePhotoLady:  My photographer has no problem with me texting her (although I keep it for times when a text is easier than an email). 

 @mrsrigsby60:  Yeah, your original post didn’t make any sense in context. But your wedding isn’t until next year; you’re really not going to look for another professional? I mean, unless you have a family member with a pro camera and photography and editing skills who can step in, you have some time to find a pro. But yeah, it’s weird that she wouldn’t do a contract. My cousin is doing our cake/cupcakes and sent me one to look over (it was part of the order form).

Post # 12
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780 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

No, I’m not going to look for one. I have several people in my family who take great pictures, so why spend the money. she was only going to provide a cd with all the pics. We are going to have a coffe table book made ourseleves and make our own print s anyway. I have photoediting software, so I’ll make it work. It just puzzles me about the contract. I didn’t even want a formal one, just something saying how much we paid . total fee, what we get for the price, and the date for the services.

 

Other photographers here won’t do what we wanted. They want to do an album for you and we don’t want that.

Post # 13
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1185 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@kelseymadeline:  If you have a contract in place, CHILL OUT.  This is going to sound harsh, but I think it is appropriate: Your photographer has a business to run, lots of other clients and a personal life.  You will pay this photographer to take pictures on your wedding day, not hold your hand during wedding planning.  Whatever is specified in your contract and previous correspondence is what he/she will do.  If you changed something at the last minute (location, time, etc) then you might be out of luck.  The photographer is not on-call.

Post # 14
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1000 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@vorpalette:  Just because your photographer hasn’t TOLD you it annoys her when you text, doesn’t mean it doesn’t. Some photographers are just too nice/dont want to risk hurting their clients feelings to tell them the truth.

I personally can’t stand it when clients are too impatient to wait for a response to an email (unless it’s a true day-before emergency or something) that they feel the need to text me. Especially when they do it after hours because they know I’m not in the office anymore and they won’t get a response until the next day otherwise. If you take your wedding dress home and find a stain on it, you have to wait until business hours the next day and call the salon and leave a message if they don’t pick up. You don’t text the salon owner at 8pm at night… this is how the rest of the world works, too, and the wedding industry should be no exception.

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