(Closed) Photographer avoiding me….

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
Member
1572 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I hate to say it, but $600 for a photographer, including an album, seems unbelievable to me.

I say that you should be thankful that you received the edited pictures on the CD, and that she didn’t totally flake out on you with those.

Cut your losses, forget trying to get anything else out of this person, and take it somewhere else to have an album made. If you read some recent threads about photography, you will know that you got a steal of a deal, and in the world of photography you get what you pay for. Average cost of wedding photographers that I have seen is $2000 MINIMUM.

Post # 4
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11747 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’d keep trying to contact her, but consider yourself lucky you even got your photos.  

Without a contract, there’s not much you can legally do I don’t think.

 

Post # 5
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3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I sent you a PM, but I misread your post so you can ignore it. I thought you did not get your photos but it looks like its just the album. Most likely its a cheap album… still, you paid for it so you should get it.

If she’s not responding to your calls, does she have a facebook? You could write on her wall. Sometimes doing that gives the photographer incentive…

Post # 6
Member
1405 posts
Bumble bee

All you can do is keep trying to contact her.  Does she have a blog or facebook account?  Does it appear they are still in business and doing sessions?

For what you paid, I doubt you would of been happy with the album anyway.

Post # 7
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10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

For $600 for everything, it likely wasn’t more than a Shutterfly album. I’d make one myself with the time used tracking her down and call it a day. So sorry this is happening! It seems like it is quite frequent with the amateur photogs people have talked about on the Bee.

Post # 8
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344 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I hate to say it but for a 600.00 wedding you were probably going to get a $30.00 album. I know it’s the principle of the thing but is it worth the aggravation? If it is, tell them they have x amount of days or you’re hiring a lawyer. 

Post # 10
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344 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

she 100% should not! The problem with dealing with non professionals is that they often act un professionally! Your budget was what your budget was! No question. I sincerely hopes she lives up to some sense of responsibility! 

Post # 11
Member
8444 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

Considering that a high quality professional album can cost your photographer hundreds of dollars to make/print, not including all of the design/editing work, I’m going to say that the album is probably not going to live up to the hype.  You can hire a lawyer, but I think it will just be a waste of your time and money since you’ll really only be able to claim a few hundred dollars in losses.

 

Post # 13
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10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I totally agree that she’s in the wrong, that it’s messed up, etc. But, at some point, it’s time to move on and just make your own book. I’m sure you could make something of equal quality through Photobook America, AdoramaPix, etc. For $600 you weren’t getting a pro flush mount album, anyway.

Also, it’s a bit weird that you know her home address and that you wouldn’t hesitate to knock on her door unannounced.

Post # 15
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3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@MrsDPal811:  If I was in her area & she did that to me, I’d go to her house unannounced. Its one thing if she was running late & told you that, its another thing if she’s ignoring all calls/emails/communication. If she’s avoiding you than she may “conveniently” not be at home when you came by. However, I would not drive 6 hours for an album. & even if you did go there, she most likely does not even have the album ordered so it would be a waste of your time. Likely the most you could do is get a partial refund & make your own album, if she even has money to refund you.

I would send her a letter to her address saying something like:

I paid for an album (describe the album details) and will give you until March 1st (give her 4 or 5 weeks) to fulfil the album or to refund me for the album I paid for. Otherwise, I will have to take legal action against you and leave bad reviews for you. Please get either the album or refund to me by March 1st so we can keep the law out of this. Here is my mailing address and phone number. Thank you for your time. Sign.

Post # 16
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9548 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Yeah, I would send her a message in writing and on Facebook saying that you want your album by X date or you are going to take legal action. That might frighten her into action. But if it doesn’t I don’t actually think it’s worth following through with a lawyer – you can put together your own book or hire someone locally to put one together with the photos you already have.

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