(Closed) How ridiculous IS this?!

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

That sounds very frustrating! I know she just had a baby, but if she’s going to make promises to you, she needs to keep them. You seem like you’ve been very patient with her, but it might be time to get firm. I would tell her that if she can’t do what the contract says, then you are going to break the contract and look for another photographer. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

An entire month past the date they were promised is not ok. I understand she had a baby, but it has been a month… Like you said, she needed to hold up her end of the contract

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

I would definately try to get in touch with her!

I know babies are crazy, but she should still have to a minute to send you a quick update as to why things haven’t happen as they should, or what her plan of action is!

Eeek!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@cherrycoke: Oh you’re right. I didn’t read the dates correctly. In that case, I would ask for a partial refund. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m on your side – she needs to have them done!  but I don’t think any kind of threats will help – she might just end up barely editing them just to get them to you.  The final product might not be what you want.

I would probably just e-mail her and find out where she stands with the pictures – half done?  75% done??  Maybe she can send you what she has finished??  (I’m thinking that may buy her some more time??)

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Just out of curiosity what was ur photogs name?

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

First, not all of us here are ladies 🙂

Second, this is a common issue that I have heard many times.  The photographers book work right up until their baby comes, and once it comes they fall behind.  This is understandable as the first 1-2 months are extremely demanding on the mother.  The last thing they probably want to do is slave in front of a computer for hours and hours doing work while they are missing capturing moments with and of their new addition.  I think a professional should forsee this and do the more responsible thing……stop booking work well ahead of the baby’s arrival.  Then take whatever time they want/need off….and then get back into the groove.

Anyhow, I am assuming that the unedited images are the bulk of them.  I don’t think they are “straight out of the camera” typically they are at least color corrected, sorted, and culled.  This takes time.  I don’t know what your contract states or what she delivers, but this is common.

I would contact her via phone or in person, and get a status.  Then set a realistic plan and schedule for the delivery of the rest of the package.  Follow up on this often, and it can’t hurt to convey your disappointment.  You can be completely understanding about the birth, but she is missing deadlines set by herself, which is, IMO unexcusable.

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