Post # 1
We have a short engagement (5 months) and immediately began looking for photographers. After many hours of searching online, and numerous emails of inquiry, we found a married couple who does photography. We liked their pictures, the price was great, and they were extremely kind in correspondance.
Within a week of being in touch with them, we decided we wanted to book them. Over two weeks ago I emailed, asking if that week they’d have 10 minutes to just meet & for us to get the paperwork, and have it finalized. They informed us they didn’t have time to meet for a month (which seemed odd). Then, they suddenly had the coming Saturday open up, and we were scheduled to meet, but a family emergency made them unavailable. The rescheduled our "deposit meeting" for yesterday. An hour before the meeting, they emailed saying they had just met with a couple, who happened to also want our date, and they booked on the spot.
We were furious. We had been trying to meet with them for over two weeks, to get the paperwork from them and put down our deposit. Then, an hour before the meeting (that THEY rescheduled on us), they gave our date away! We are now less than 4 months to our wedding and without photography.
I feel this is totally unethical. We have been wanting to sign with them for two weeks, they clearly knew our intent, they pushed back a meeting two weeks, and then only an hour prior to us signing with them they gave our date away. Ethics would say that 1, if this other couple had been interested all along, they NOT lead us both on; or 2, if this couple recently got in touch with them, they let them know that another couple was interested and they had to contact us first. The fact that two weeks ago I told them we wanted to book asap, and then they dilly-dally around and give our date away last minute—ugh.
Post # 3
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
- Wedding: May 2018 - 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
- 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
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.