(Closed) I'm Scared My Photographer Was A Scam! Please Help!

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
1310 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@jbeath1:  are there any reviews online from other brides? Is she listed with any professional organizations?

Post # 4
92 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

You have 45 days through paypal to file a claim. I would wait a little longer. Hopefully she’ll get back to you. I’m assuming she’s maybe just a slacker as far as getting back to people. Hopefully that isn’t the case with how she acts at the wedding and after…. while you’re patiently waiting to get pictures. Good Luck!

Post # 5
1202 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I would try to get my money back and report it, if you can.  Find someone else. Even if she does respond after, she’s already showing that she’s unreliable and not professional. Why would you risk not getting your pictures if you do end up using her service, know how she’s acting now. 

Post # 6
228 posts
Helper bee

Report her to PayPal. I would also contact her pretending to be a new client and if she answers to that but not to you about your deposit, set up a meeting and show up with a lawyer.

Post # 7
3583 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I doubt someone would go through the hassle just for $300. I would remain calm and give her some more time. She likely realizes that you’re getting married next year so she is probably just wrapping up her summer season.

Post # 9
4327 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

Totally try and get your money back from pay pal, or at least open a dispute so that your window of opportunity does not close.

If she ran into an emergency and was hospitalized or something crazy, you can always rescind the dispute, but once your deadline is up, you’re out $300.

Post # 10
4193 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

@wilfred:  Fantastic advice. If she immediately responds to a new client and ignores her current one, something’s fishy.

Post # 11
7561 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

I would give it a week then dispute the charge. Like PP said, you don’t want your window to close but I think waiting a week for contact on a 2013 wedding is fair. 

Post # 12
1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think you’re fine. It sounds like too much trouble for 300 bucks. However, I would be worried that she isn’t very timely in responding. Busy or not, I don’t think taking that much time to respond is acceptable. I know your wedding is a while away, but it isn’t too early for you to book her, right? Well then it is not too early to expect a timely response. I would discuss these things with her, because in my experience unprofessional behavior rarely gets better, and in my opinion her behavior is not very professional.

Post # 13
3886 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

If you funded your paypal with credit card, you’ve got all the way to May to get your money back.

I’d give it a little more time. Peak wedding season is just wrapping up and most vendors give low priority to brides whose dates are many months in advance. They give their full attention to whoever is getting married right now. If you’re really worried, send a postal letter with delivery signature confirmation; it’s a lot less sneaky than posing as a new client, and will get your message across that you’re waiting for a reply.

Post # 15
150 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@jbeath1:  We also went with a low budget photographer for digital photos only. She is up and coming and works right out of her apartment.  We did meet with her in person, and paid the deposit in person, and have a legal contract.  That being said, the very busy summer season was horrible for contacting her (especially as she works a day job during the week, too.) I actually still haven’t gotten the photo list to check what I absoutely want, so I sent her an email with pictures from Pinterest that I liked.  It took her a week to respond, and that she would get the pose list to me soon.  My wedding is in exactly 30 days. Relax, breathe, and wait to hear from her until the day before you can’t file a claim with PayPal. It’s not worth $1000 more money to rescind your payment and cause bad blood, and be over your budget. September has also become very busy for photogs as many brides also like to be wed during this month – not too hot, not too cold, and cheaper than late spring/summer. Let us know 🙂 

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