(Closed) How do I tactfully fire my photographer?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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9824 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Just shoot her an email or call her and say “We decided to go with another photographer and won’t be needing your services anymore. Thank you!” That’s really all you need to say considering she isn’t reponding to you in a timely manner.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I agree with@KatyElle: just let her know you found someone else. $100 isn’t too much to lose if you really love the other photog.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

You have to do what is best for you.  If you don’t break it off with your current photographer you’ll always wonder how the pictures would have been with Amy.  Just give her a call and let her know that you have decided to go with a different photographer.  If she asks why, just say that you found someone who you felt was a better fit for you and the wedding.  Leave it at that.  I would say to do it over the phone so there is not chance of confusion or lost emails.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

i agree with all the PPs,  but did you sign a contract?  you might owe her more than $100  for cancelling? 

if not then swallow the $100,  and like you said its worth it for the engagement pics she di for you. 

Post # 8
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312 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@anne B: Agreed. Make sure you check any contract you have with her.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

You should definitely go with your gut, but make sure your contract allows it. My contract (along with many photographers) protects me from this sort of thing – if a couple cancels within 3 months of the date they owe half the balance of the total package as it’s unlikely I’d be able to rebook it.

I would also say you should be careful and do your homework on your friend – you might have loved her portraits, but does she have wedding photography experience? Does she have the equipment necessary to shoot a wedding? It’s so, so important for you to do the right research before you cancel with the photographer you already booked.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

If it’s seriously only $100 you’re losing then I wouldn’t hesitate to make the switch.  I paid $700 for my deposit so that would keep me from making a switch.  Go for it!

Post # 11
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@BeeM: Agreed. Read your contract to make sure you won’t owe any money for dropping her this close to your date. 

Has the other photographer done weddings? I say trust your gut, but make sure you don’t have to pay her anything. 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

I think you may owe your photographer more than 100 bucks.  It seems that with the engagement session, etc that was included, it would cost more than 100, but your photographer didn’t protect himself and charge enough to risk a loss after such a shoot.  Best of luck.

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper

Your cutting it pretty close to the date to give her the boot. As the PP said, check your contract. However I disgree that you should call her (well you can do that) but you MUST also email her as well. Its to cover you own ass with a paper trail. Simply having a phone call simple leads to he said she said type deals.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Check your contract, definitely… I am a people pleaser too so I know how it feels, but these are your wedding photos!!!  Do what you have to do for YOU.  I would call and tel her… if you e-mail, she may claim she didnt get it or something.  You can always say that you won a free wedding shoot so she may not feel as bad!

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