(Closed) Legal help / advice….

posted 6 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
83 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

did you get them to sign a contract at the beginning? sounds like they are taking you for a ride – cheapskates I say. They were supposed to look at your work before they hired you to decide if they were of their taste. They are stupid. They are after money do not let them walk all over you. Tell them they can have their money back and have no images at all.

Post # 4
299 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012 - Prairie Production- Chicago (loft)

If you dont mind…How much did you charge them? Professional high-quality photographers with many years of experience start at 1500….. so if they did not pay even close to that- they can not expect absolutly perfect images for say maybe a fee of 400.

Now if your images arnt good- why do they still want the storybooks?

I would say alter the images to fix the coloring to satisfy their needs and end it with that. 

Im hoping you have some sort of contract from the beginning….. but I think how you are handling the matter with a settlement agreement sounds good.

Sounds to me they are just being cheap. If you give them any photos- they have to pay for them. Otherwise give them their money back and they get nothing- that will change their mind.

Can you post one or two? I edit images, and wanted to see how bad they think they are. I’d give you an outsiders opinion.

Post # 5
299 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012 - Prairie Production- Chicago (loft)

If the images are good and they go to sue you…the jusge might look at them like they are crazy. I dont think a judge would demand you to pay if the images are satisfactory for the amount paid and time spent.

Post # 6
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Honestly, I think we need to see your contract to figure out what you can do. The best contracts will include provisions for what happens if the B+G are dissatisfied. I’m also surprised that you wait this long for final payment; all of the photographers I spoke to/hired all require full payments by the time of the wedding. We can add on payments for the storybook/canvas prints/etc. after images have been delivered.

That said, right now, it sounds like they are being cheap and try to pull a fast one. I don’t understand why, if they don’t like the images, they would want storybooks of them, unless they are trying to dupe you. What exactly about the photos do they not like? If it is just the color processing, I would re-color process them to what they like and be done with it (but get it in writing that they are 100% satisfied with the products).

They can sue you, but depending on what you charged them, it will likely be small claims court, so you will each represent yourselves. It depends on how much energy and free time they have to want to sue you because they have to serve you with the notice and then go to court. It would help if you had any documentation from them saying they are satisfied. If they made final payment after reviewing your work, I think that’s a good indicator they were initially satisfied.

Post # 12
506 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I think they are just trying to get out of paying too. When we hired out photographer, we knew we may not adore every picture,that’s why they take so many! If you have a contract and you performed as promised, they don’t have a leg to stand on. My bet is they are hoping you will back down and not make them pay the full amount. Don’t back down. 

Post # 13
11272 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@floridagirlblue:  i agree.

they did sign the contract and you did the job.  they should pay you or you can sue them for the monies remaining.

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