(Closed) Photographer got fired 2 months before my wedding

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
3067 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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Sil-LaLa:  Do you have the originial photographers information? Maybe you can contact him, see if he will still shoot your wedding and hire him outside your photog company.

I dont know what you contract states but if they cant give you the same quality photographer you might be able to get any deposits back

Or just break your contract with them and get someone else ( or the fired photog) and eat your deposit money.

Post # 3
2683 posts
Sugar bee

Contact the company and explain that the replacement photographer is not acceptable for your needs, and list off the reasons why.  Request for a different photographer to be assigned to you.  Stay firm and explain that you will need to reconsider your contract if a suitable replacement cannot be found.  Be poilte and professional; that’s the best way to earn favor with customer service departments.  

You’ll also want to take a look at your contract to see what the termination policies are, should it come to that.  Try reaching out to your original photographer individually.  They may not be working for that company anymore, but they may be open to shooting your wedding still.

Post # 4
2432 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

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bleusteel:  I agree, you should be able to negotiate something more acceptable through this company. Explain that the photographer they assigned to you isn’t the style of photography you were hoping for.<br /><br />I also agree with PP that you should try to reach out to the original photog and see if he would still be willing. I would be sure to ask him if he still has the equipment he needs though — if he was working through a company, they may have provided cameras, lenses, editing software, etc.

Post # 6
203 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I agree with what was said about attempting to make contact with the original photographer.

Look over your contract carefully, I hope it’s specific about what photographer you’d be working with, as then you’ll be able to break contract should they not provide someone suitable for your needs.

Post # 7
19 posts

Ai… i feel ur frustration!  My wedding also takes place in Sept.  And my photographer emailed me one day and tell me “SHE HAS TO LEAVE IN THR MIDDLE OF OUR WEDDING!!!!! ” omg,  i paid so much $ n its the only items i care telling me this.  But at the end she gave in and agree to stay for the whole wedding.  I am still very upset bc 1. I thot she was the best vendor n someone i can trust 2)  even she said she will stay,  i duno what is she gona do on my wedding day.  

I dont want to break the contract yet i feel like i cannot trust her 🙁

Post # 8
7567 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

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Sil-LaLa:  I personally would talk to the company and let them know you hired them for this specific photographer and that none of the others are acceptable, and I would get a refund and find someone else. Coming from a wedding photographer’s POV, this is why hiring companies that employ multiple photographers is usually not a good idea. No one is more invested in the business other than the owner, which is the photography world is VERY true. I’m willing to bet that this photographer probably had a no-compete contract with the company, and was probably doing jobs on the side – hence getting fired.

Post # 11
271 posts
Helper bee

Try to look if it’s under your contract, that the specific person you’re hiring is listed in it, if it is, then ask the company that since you only took a package with them because of that photographer, to get him back for your wedding as that is what you have paid and agreed to. They can still have him remained as fired, only to comeback and do your wedding then go again. If not, I suggest you to search for another one now immediately and send tons of emails (better yet, call) to potential photographers for availability.

If the company refuses to do so, have them refund you a x amount of money from the package and hire a separate photographer. 

Accept nothing less and good luck!

Post # 12
553 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

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Sil-LaLa:  I’d reach out to the 1st photographer and ask for a refund from the original package. If you’re dealing with a large wedding photography company, photographers come and go regualrl. The reason why he left may not be bad at all. There’s a chance he asked for more money (I’ve seen companies charge $2500 for a package and the main photographer will only see $350-500) or he decided he wanted to branch out and book weddings on his own

Post # 13
3635 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Hey OP, how is this working out for you? I really hope a good solution is found.

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