(Closed) Help – My photographer cancelled on me but won't return my deposit.

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@DoubleWeddingRaa:  I would threaten immediately to take him to court via certified mail (delivered by hand with signature certified,) email, and voicemail.  

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

@Firenze:  +1

yep. He needs to be scared. 

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

How did you pay the deposit? If you used PayPal or credit card, you may be able to dispute with them.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Firenze:  +1

 

This is horrible! Best of luck to you!

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@EffieTrinket:  +1 – good point on the cc and paypal!

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2012

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Post # 11
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Busy bee

@Your Lovely Wedding you are not allowed to self promote on this board.

@DoubleWeddingRaa Where is this photographer based? Does he have a physical studio? Have you made it clear that you cannot book anything until you get it back? Like others mentioned before if you paid by CC or Paypal you can do a charge back, although this may not give you the time you need.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Contact a lawyer in the US and have them draft a letter demanding return of the deposit and threatening legal action.

Also, if he has a registered business, check the public records in his general area to find out if he has filed for bankruptcy or has other lawsuits pending.

Post # 13
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Busy bee

Sorry I didn’t read that you paid by cheque. I would contact a lawyer in the state that the photog is based in. At least send a certified letter saying that you need to have your deposit returned within 30 days or you will proceed with a lawsuit. I would contact a lawyer just to see what rights you have first though.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Do you have a friend who is a lawyer? I would send him an email and copy a friend/lawyer. Say something like:

“Per the terms of our contract, my deposit needs to be returned to me.  If I do not receive the deposit back by we will start legal proceedings. My lawyer is copied on this email and will be sending you a copy of this letter via certified mail.”

obviously I’m not a lawyer, so you might want someone else to read over it!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@DoubleWeddingRaa:  This is going to be very sticky since you’re in different countries. Can you copy and paste the exact language on your cancellation clause in the contract and also if it mentions anything about where court arbitration would need to take place in the event that it came to that? If the contract refers to it having to be arbitrated in his specific state there may be nothing you can do to compel him to pay you in a timely manner since he likely knows how difficult it would be for you to travel to where he is and pursue a court case.

Aside from that, did the photographer explain what was going on? Is his blog still active or does it seem like he’s fallen off the face of the earth? I’m just wondering if something has happened and he has gone bankrupt, in which case you would likely not be able to get the money back no matter what you do. I hope this all works out for you!

Post # 16
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

File a complaint with the Better Business Bureau – they will make a judgement. If he doesn’t give you back your money, he will get a permanent mark on his business record. 

http://www.bbb.org/

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