(Closed) How to sue wedding photographer? Been 7months and still no pictures.

posted 6 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
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1461 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@vivbaek:  Bumping so maybe someone who knows can help.

I am so sorry this happened to you, that is horrible. I hope you can get this fixed soon!

Post # 4
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387 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

That is terrible, unfortunately I don’t know anything about what legal steps you should take. I would suggest though, that you call/e-mail and say if you do not receive a response from them regarding the status of your images within X amount of time that unfortunately you will be forced to pursue legal action. That should at least get them communicating with you! By The Way – would you mind sending me the name of the company? I live in Atlanta and would hate to accidentally hire them. Good luck to you!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I have no idea, but that really sucks. Make sure you are documenting EVERYTHING (keep track of all emails). Does your contract have a turnaround time listed? And definitely file a BBB report – and let your photographer know you are. Here in StL there was a photog who was doing shady things – she wouldn’t give anyone anything until they contacted the local news station who did one of those camera in the face newstories over the woman. Try that?

Post # 6
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2009 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Send a certified letter appraising them of your intent to pursue legal action as of such date.

Post # 10
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1077 posts
Bumble bee

@Skoneil88:  Excellent idea!

Have a lawyer write up a note that you will pursue legal action unless you recieve your photos by x date. I know some lawyers and I believe that this is pretty standard practice, and most people magically come up with whatever they were supposed to provide pretty quick. People won’t take you seriously until they hear it from an actual lawyer. I would also review them on every site out there, starting with this one. 

Do they have an office? If so I would go in and speak with them directly.

Post # 11
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387 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Thank you for sharing their name, I just saw this post on their blog:

http://www.andymcbridephotography.com/breakthroughs-catastrophes-and-lightning/

Looks like they are a young, struggling company who is just overwhelmed and unfortunately is not handling your concerns very maturely. Please keep us updated on your progress here, it looks like they do decent work and I hope your images are lovely when you get them.

There is no excuse for this kind of behavior, I would review the crap outta them once you finally get your stuff!

Post # 12
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676 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Call and talk to a lawyer because technically there is a breech in contract since you did not receive your photos within the 3 months and still have not received them. They owe you your photos as per the contract and also probably some money since they broke the guidelines within the contract.

Post # 13
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1330 posts
Bumble bee

That blog looks pretty ridiculous. They need to not BOOK anymore weddings, STOP spending the money and then  thinking MAYBE they will produce photos. I would seriously go to the press. Sounds like they have more complainers out there…and if it is a scam, you owe it to do this. There are a tonne of scammers out there and it sounds like these people are full of excuses.

 

Post # 15
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9142 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

You should be able to get a free consult from an attorney in regards to your issue and I highly suggest speaking to one at least once before making a decision.

As for small claims court, it depends on what county you reside in and it may be affected by the county the contract was signed in (unless there’s a portion of the contract that addresses a county where claims must be made.)  If it happens to be Fulton County, here is the internet address for their small claims division (claims under $15,000.)  I hesitate to recommend small claims court without you speaking to an attorney first because if they lose or damage your photos, you may need to file up in the circuit court so you can add damages which would likely be worth more than $15,000.

You might want to hold off on making negative reviews on them online until you speak with an attorney as well and/or resolve the issue.  If you already have posted reviews and/or absolutely must post reviews, make sure you only address actual things done so you avoid a counter charge of slander and/or libel.

***This should not be construed as legal advice.  For legal advice, please speak with a lawyer and/or paralegal in your local state/county.***

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