(Closed) I Feel Threatened to Leave a Good Review or I Won't Get My Wedding Pictures Back

posted 4 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
1668 posts
Bumble bee

Your contract says he owes you the hard photos, you paid for the hard photos? Then tell him to give you the hard photos before you contact your lawyer to get them.

Post # 4
8674 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

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rainymorningcoffee :  just tell him “I’m not in the business of leaving bad reviews”

then, once you have your photos, leave an honest review.. including him trying to hold your photos hostage.

It’s not your fault if his behavior reflects poorly on him.

Post # 5
1473 posts
Bumble bee

I doubt this case would go to court. I’m sure if you go throught the countract with a lawyer or someone who is experienced with contracts and they give them a call. That would be it.

I know reviews are vital for business, but seriously how scared can a business owner be of a one review? Every fantastic business has a bad review in trip advisor. And while I know first hand that customes are pain in the butt, but they are needed so you just suck it up and give them what they want.

Post # 6
1002 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Tell him whatever then post the hell out of that email (with proof that you paid for the CD?). That’s probably the easiest way to deal with it. You probably could sue him, but is it worth it? 

Post # 7
1245 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

“Many of his good clients” aka his mommy 

Post # 10
7804 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

You are putting principle above your wedding photos and playing with fire IMO. What do you care more about – getting your “once in a lifetime … precious moments captured” photos, or your stubborn nature?

IMO you do what you gotta do to get your pictures. There is nothing he can do after the fact if you do change your mind to write a bad review. He can’t sue you, and you’ll have your photos so he can’t extort more money out. 

I would absolutely leave a review, and screen shot all of these msgs and post them too. And possibly report him to the BBB!

Post # 11
656 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Even if you go to court- it’s going to be a while before you see results or he is forced to produce the pictures. Lie if you have to, get what you can get from him, move on. 

You said your friends camera has better pictures than the ones they took right? Great. Use those for your albums, take this as a lesson learned, and move on with what you have. 

Post # 12
3589 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Wow, what a terrible unprofessional man. Tell him that if he does not comply with the contract you will definitely leave a bad review! And as others say you could just tell him what he wants to hear and leave a review anyway. It’s not like you would be bound to your word, and he’s basically forcing you to tell the lie so I wouldn’t even feel bad. 

If he continues to breach his contract by not providing your photos your first legal step would be to get a lawyer to write a letter of demand. That wouldn’t be expensive. Sometimes just getting a letter from a lawyer will be enough to scare someone into doing the right thing. This is a contract issue, pretty much any lawyer should be ok with it. You may even be able to take it to court yourself. I hope it wouldn’t come to that though!

Post # 13
6212 posts
Bee Keeper

I’m not a lawyer, but in school we learned that a contract signed under duress isn’t a valid contract. Meaning if you email him that you won’t write a bad review, it’s not a contract saying you won’t. It’s signed under duress because you wanted your pictures. I say tell him what he wants to hear and then have a consult with a lawyer if you like before posting said bad review. Oh course file up with a real lawyer if necessary. 

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