(Closed) Photographer Ethics

posted 13 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
1141 posts
Bumble bee

It doesn’t sound "illegal" but definitely unethical!  Normally you can’t reserve a date before you sign/pay deposit, but it clearly wasn’t your fault that you had not done so!  Once you secure a new photographer, you might want to do vendor reviews on the first one to save another bride that frustration.

Did you call them & express your concerns (calmly)?  Maybe since it is a pair, they can work something out to get a backup for each of them & you could book at a different time of day as the other ceremony IF you even still trust them!

Post # 4
138 posts
Blushing bee

I would cut your losses and move on. They sound very unprofessional and you will be much better off without them. Even though you have a short window in which to find a photographer, there will be someone out there for you. Even if this couple agreed to take you at this point (and back out on the other couple), there is no way you could trust them to actually show up at your wedding. They might have something “important” come up last minute. No reputable business person acts this way. I would report them to your local Better Business Bureau so others can be warned.

Post # 5
411 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I know that this situation leaves you in a bit of a lurch, but it honestly sounds like you will be better off without these unprofessional photographers. If they cannot be relied upon to keep a meeting, I’d be very worried about how they’d approach your actual wedding day, once everything is already paid and signed.

I’m not sure what area you’re in, but I’d recommend posting on your local bee board to see if anyone knows of a good, professional photographer who you could use. 

Good luck! I hope you find someone to photograph your big day!

Post # 6
123 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2022

I’d have to echo the other responses at this point.. You probably caught a blessing in disguise. I know it feels like a huge PITA to have to find another photog but this sounds so unprofessional it is better to cut your losses (That’s not to say I wouldn’t let them know how you feel)

Post # 7
238 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

Honey, I’m just glad y’all didn’t pay them any money yet.  They sound very shady!  I agree with the previous posts – cut your losses.  It sucks that you have to start your search anew, but at least you’re not stuck with photogs who give you the run-around.

Post # 8
1 posts

Sounds to me like you really lucked as well, is that really the kind of photographer you wanted?  You want a photographer who will make you feel like the whole day is about you and your fiancee. They are out there, just keep looking:-).  Where are you located?  Maybe someone will have a good suggestion on who to use. 

Post # 9
124 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

everything happens for a reason, doesn’t it?

jusdt be glad that this happened now, rather than the day of the wedding.  it could’ve always been worse, and at least this way, you can cut your losses and find someone you feel comfortable with.

and i agree with contacting the BBB or another review board to save another bride in your area the grief.

Post # 10
564 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2022 - Coyaba Resort, Montego Bay

Yes – take it as a sign & be glad that you didn’t end up with them as your photographer!  Can you imagine if they had pulled some stunt like this the day of your wedding?!

Be glad you were given this opportunity to find someone else!!

Post # 11
454 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - Bernardo Winery

I agree with the posters above – you got lucky 🙂 I know what happened is incredibly frustrating, but to look on the brightside you didn’t get more involved with them 🙂

I found my photographer with the help of the local boards here on Weddingbee. I’d post for recommendations from other bride’s in  your area… you can also email a photographer you trust (by may not have been available your date) and ask them to recommend a photographer. I ended up with my photographer b/c the photog a bride on the board suggested was already booked for my date, but she (the photog) offered to find someone for me – she emailed all the photographer friends.

Post # 12
2 posts

I know this is a late post, but what those photographers did was extremely unethical! Whenever I meet up with a client and they want a particular date but have to think about it first, I let them know that they have 1st dibs on it. But if another person is wanting that same date, I will call my first client first, let them know that someone is wanting their date- (they have priority) and go from there. I look at it like this— everything happens for a reason.

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