(Closed) Our photog just ditched us!

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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2208 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

This is a full out breach of contract. If the new person is not up to your liking, you should demand any down payment back from her. The only problem is that she is no longer in-state, so it will be hard to collect. Did you pay a significant down payment?

Post # 4
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2767 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

i don’t think moving is the same as personal illness so you should be able to get out of your contract legally.  If you do meet with the new person and like them you should still ask for a huge discount due to the inconvenience they caused you.  Our DJ did this same thing to us 3 weeks before our wedding – so it wasn’t like we could find someone else with that short of notice!  We asked for a discount and he gave us 10% off.  I was still upset, but in the end it turned out ok (and we got what we paid for I guess since our DJ was the cheapest we could find anywhere).

Post # 5
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987 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Totally don’t blame you for being angry and I think you absolutely can get out of the contract if you want to.  I would request to see several examples of this person’s work and then decide if you want to fire them altogether. 

Post # 6
Member
5993 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

im not a laywer but i would not sign anything new why they obviously are not adhering to the current contract you have

i know there are a few lawyers on this site (check out the liberal feminist thread somewhere) so maybe one of them will offer some advise

 

Post # 8
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2767 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Get your money back and get everything settled with her.  Then write reviews all over the internet so that future St. Louis brides don’t book this photog when she moves back to town.  Post her name here too eventually so people know not to book her!

Post # 9
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8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

If her husband is in the Military, he probably got orders to go to California, so she probably has no choice. She may not have the funds available to come back for a month. That being said, I would talk to the other photographer and see if you can either work something out with them with a discount or to get a total refund. If the business is jointly owned, it should not be a problem to get a refund. Because of the inconvenience this is causing you, you should be able to get a discount and because of the added stipulations to the new contract (probably due to the experience fof the photographer), you should be able to get your money back. Do not sign a new contract if you are not comfortable with it. The original contract has been broken and they should either forgive your part or if they want to keep your business they should give you a substantial discount.

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