(Closed) my photog dumped me!

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
Member
289 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

There shouldn’t be anyway she could get out of the contract without refunding you. Tell her that you refuse to sign the cancellation until you get your money back!

Post # 4
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639 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

if she’s the one breaking the contract and it isn’t due to an act of god or something, she definitely owes you a refund.  If it hasn’t arrived by tomorrow, you should call her.

Post # 5
Hostess
18644 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I think that she does need to refund your money if she was the one who dropped you.  I think that either party can always pull out of the contract by paying damages (in your case, the damages are getting the money you paid back from her).  I’m so sorry that happened to you and I hope you get your money back soon.  If not, keep on her because she owes you that money!

Post # 6
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14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

What money? Is it the engagement shoot session or is it a deposit for the wedding?

If it’s a wedding deposit, yes, you are entitled to a refund. What does your contract say?

You could always file a complaint with the better business bureau. But you better get looking fora  photographer asap

If she is pulling out for personal reasons, she may have somebody who replaces her in times like this.

Just be thankful she’s getting out now

Post # 7
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1371 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Did you end up signing a contract?  What does it say?  I would look over it carefully and see what it says.  If she has been this sketchy, I would try to get the money back and cancel the contract, rather than try to force her into taking the pictures.  Do you have any prospects for other photographers?

Post # 8
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511 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I agree with June Bug!! Make sure to read over the fine print of the contract (if there is any) so your prepared for whatever she might throw at you next.. but demand your $$$. So sorry this is happening to you!

Post # 9
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2015 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Well, the good news is this sounds like a good thing. If she’s been this difficult up to this point, it’s probably best you find another photographer anyway.

If she’s the one who backs out of the contract, yes, she needs to refund you in full. I wouldn’t sign anything from her, though, until you get the refund. I would tell her, “We’re happy to sign a form saying you’re no longer providing services, but not until we get our money back from you.”

Once you receive your refund, start writing reviews of your experience so other future brides don’t hire this person!

I know it’s only four months until your wedding, and this is a big blow and incredibly stressful, but try to stay positive. You will definitely find another photographer who will treat you with respect. April isn’t a SUPER popular month (as opposed to June, July, August, September), so you should be okay.

Good luck!

Post # 10
Member
683 posts
Busy bee

Ugh I’m so sorry! I’m sure you’ll get your money back! Can the bees help you find a new photographer?

Post # 12
Hostess
18644 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I would contact her first to see if she is sending a check.  If she hasn’t I would consider disputing the charges through paypal.

Post # 13
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14 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Does she have an office or anything you can actually go to?  If she wants you to sign something, I would go to the office, and demand my check then and there before I sign anything. That way you don’t have to deal with “lost in the mail,” etc. If she doesn’t have an office and you don’t want to go the Paypal dispute route, you can also threaten to report her to the BBB.

Post # 14
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473 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Where are you located? Have you found another photographer? I’m sure some bees can make recommendations for a different one within your budget.

Post # 15
Hostess
18644 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

And I agree with the others that I would NOT send her that paper until you get the money back.

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