(Closed) My VA based photogapher randomly moved to NYC…

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Should I stick with my original photographer or book a new one?
    You're overreacting, stay with your current photographer : (12 votes)
    57 %
    Your photographer doesn't seem reliable, go with your local option for peace of mind : (9 votes)
    43 %
  • Post # 3
    1134 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    O man. thats tough. i would def talk to the old photog about you being unsure of using them since they are now horus away. explain that you are more comfortable using a photog who is in town. You may loose your deposit, but i would switch to the photog in town. it would make me nervous to use the other.

    Post # 4
    3572 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Your photographer represented himself as a photographer in the Richmond area.  He should have waited to move until all his contracts were complete, or been upfront with you.  I would cancel and hire someone more local.

    Post # 6
    8695 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    As long as he says he will be there I dont see the big deal. My FI’s family is outside of Richmond and I make that drive down there alone with no issues. It isnt that far.

    Post # 7
    495 posts
    Helper bee

    If he says he’ll be there on your wedding day and you have no reason to doubt him (that is, you’ve had this conversation and he’s said, “I promise, I will be there for the whole length of your wedding and festivities”), then stay with him.

    Post # 8
    1000 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    I’d be more leary about why the alternate photographer is SO much cheaper. That’s more of a red flag to me than a photographer moving a few hours away. I had to move to Colorado unexpectedly from the Northeast one year and flew back for ALL 28 weddings I had already booked no problem. I kind of think you’re making a mountain out of a molehill and it’s not worth losing your retainer and current photographer over.


    Post # 9
    601 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    @Chelwilly:  I say talk to him and see what he says but if he seems flaky then go with the second one but make sure that there pics are up to snuff and that other brides have been statisfied with there work in the past before booking.

    Post # 11
    80 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Talk to him!! Im in the same general area as you and there are TONS of great photographers…check your contract and talk to him…if he seems noncommittal move on. Good Luck!!

    Post # 12
    1478 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013 - Creek club at ion, SC

    While I understand your frustration and you have every right to be, there is no way Id be going with a photog who cost half of what Id originally planned to pay when Ive already paid one half. If he cost so much I would say he is most likely a better bet than the other photographer. I would still talk to him though, explain how you feel and see if you can get some sort of better guarantee or compensation. 

    Post # 14
    135 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    Our photographer is coming from five hours away. I really don’t think it’s a big deal o them to travel. 

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