(Closed) Help! My photographer fell off the face of the earth!

posted 10 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
93 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

To me that sounds like an unreasonable amount of time, but I have no idea what the legal steps you could take are.  Even more concerning to me is his lack of accessibility- I would be freaking out.  Sorry, I have no experience with law, and I don’t have any good advice, I just thought I’d tell you how sympathetic I am.

Wishing you the very best luck!

Post # 4
2030 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I would make a plan, notify him of it, and inform him that there will be repurcusiions if he does not comply. For example, I would send him a certified letter stating soemthing like this:

I have tried in good faith to contact you regarding the timely delivery of my wedding photos but have been unable to reach you. In light of this I am taking the following action:

I will be at your home at (time) on (date), to pick up a high resolution CD of my images. If the CD is not available at that time, and you do not contact me to make alternate arrangements by (date), I will be forced to take legal action. I anticipate that this can be resolved between us and look forward to hearing from you.

Then show up at his house and hope the CD is ready. If not, take him to small claims court.


Post # 5
2434 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I agree with snmcdowell again (I agreed with her on another post today).

A certified letter (of which you should keep a copy) would guarantee that he couldn’t say he didn’t get it.

You should send the same text to his e-mail address, and leave it on his voicemail.

Make sure you keep all correspondance in case you do need to go to small claims court (which I don’t think you need a lawyer for).

Post # 6
68 posts
Worker bee

Definately take the turd to court that entirely to long to be wait for pics! Hope things get better for you.

Post # 7
51 posts
Worker bee

Sorry you have to deal with this. Yep, small claims court is the way to go for something like this and you won’t need a lawyer. There will probably be some small court filing fees, but nothing like hiring a lawyer.

Don’t go to his house. Just send the certified letter that gives him a reasonable time to ship the CD to you (say, a week) and that if you don’t receive it you’re going to small claims court.

Unfortunately the contract doesn’t specify any time period for delivery of the pictures, which should be a standard clause in a photography contract. But even so, the court would probably look to what is "normal and reasonable" and determine that 6 months (June to November) is entirely too long to wait. 

The bad news is the worse case scenario is that you may not get your wedding pictures, but hopefully the court will at least demand that he refund your money.  Good luck!

Joe Milton
International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers

Post # 8
694 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Hi <span class=”postby”>BucknellBride – any updates? I hope something worked out for you….

Post # 9
2 posts

Your best bet is the threat of small claims court, then small-claims court.  I would recommend the certified letter approach.  If he’s not a total loser, he should have the images somewhere.  Seems like you have exhausted the "polite but pushy" route and it may time for hardball.  

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