(Closed) Photographer broke his camera

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 4
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1024 posts
Bumble bee

@Mrscdnnavywife:  Man, that’s gotta be nervewracking. 

You could try posting a want ad on Craigslist for other photographers starting out willing to do your wedding for their portfolio or for a modest price? You can ask them to send you links to their blogs/websitesto gauge their style.

I know it’s not ideal, but it’s a good option if you don’t have a significant photography budget.

Post # 5
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370 posts
Helper bee

Or tell him to rent a body from a shop, it is usually quite affordable.

Post # 6
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484 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’m so sorry about this!  I would ask for your deposit back… what exactly does your contract say?

Most contracts say that the photographer has professional grade backup equipment.  Also, your wedding is THREE MONTHS out, not three days…. how many weddings did he book that he is cancelling because of this?

I have to say, this is completely ridiculous… and a really good example of why you DO NOT hire someone who is not a professional (and someone who doesn’t have backup equipment is not a professional period.)  Starting out or not, if you are going to shoot weddings at all this is INEXCUSABLE.  What was this guy going to do if it broke in the middle of your wedding???  The photog has to have some sort of backup plan for the instance that something like this happens.  A legitimate pro photog has backups of all their equipment, and insurance on it too. And even if you are starting out and haven’t gotten to that point yet, you still can’t run the risk of ruining someone’s wedding by breaking an essential piece of equipment and then quitting! 

I hope you will be able to find another photographer!  And hopefully, actually, a better photographer… because it sounds like this one was bad news from the start.

ETA:  you did put in paragraphs… for some reason the OP can never see the paragraphs in their own threads.  It’s weird.

Post # 7
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11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

He should be able to rent a camera with no problem. I rent extra gear (including an extra body) for weddings I shoot and it is not that expensive. Just make sure that is what he is planning to do.

Post # 8
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1024 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

if you have a contract with this guy, and paid a deposit this guy has NO excuse to not find a back up camera before your wedding. no excuse at all

Post # 10
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484 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Mrscdnnavywife:  I’m glad you’re looking at the positive!  I definitely think you can find a better photog, and consider it a good thing that you will probably wind up with better pics now than you would have!

Post # 12
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344 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Wow. That’s something. You 100% need to get that retainer back. He has zero grounds for keeping a dollar you’ve given him. I’m just going to stop now because I could go on for about three days haha! This could be a great blessing. Better it happen now than while you’re walking down the aisle!

Post # 13
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541 posts
Busy bee

Wait, wait: he said “likely”? So have you and he agreed in writing to nullify your contract? 

Post # 16
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502 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Sounds like you dodged a bullet. This guy is not going to get very far in the industry…

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