Post # 1
Ok so a girl I know is starting her photography business and I saw some pictures she took and they were pretty good. She had good prices and was available for our date, so we booked her. Now it’s 11 days till our wedding and I keep reading on Facebook that she is having all these health issues, not to mention she found out that she is pregnant and her boyfriend left her. She seems very depressed. Lately she has had a few trips to the hospital after collapsing/blacking out. Now she has been admitted and having all these tests done, she has made many comments about how it comes on after stress/anxiety. I am very nervous about whether or not she will make it to our wedding and not collapse. We paid her a deposit and the rest is due the day of the wedding. She has been difficult to get in touch with, not replying to emails in a timely manner but always mantained that she could be on time and accountable. What would you do? Do I have any chance of finding a photographer last minute? Should I just come out and ask her for the deposit back? Help!!!
Post # 3
Did you sign an actual written contract with her or was it verbal? Can you ask her if she has back-up plans if she is unable to attend your wedding (for whatever reason)? Can she recommend anyone?
Post # 4
If you signed a contract and she has a backup photographer in case of emergencies, you’re probably going to be alright (since you’ve got someone to cover your wedding). If not, it might be a good idea to see if you can find somebody else. Ask this photographer if she has anyone she can suggest as a backup (and if she’s willing to ask them to cover for her, just in case). If that doesn’t work, you can try emailing other photographers. Also, ask family members and friends if they know of anyone who would be willing and able to help out. Good luck, and I hope your photographer makes a full recovery by your wedding!
Post # 5
I agree with the other bees – check your contract to see if she has to provide a back up photographer.
I’d also call her and tell her you want to go over a few last minute things and also talk to her about her health. Explain you are very concerned she may not be well for your wedding and ask her what her plan is in the event she isn’t well.
Post # 6
There was no written contract, just a verbal agreement.
Post # 7
Ugh, that’s annoying.
Like everyone said, try to get some info out of her regarding a backup.
I would assume she can’t do the wedding, and simultaneously try to find another photographer to have on call if she can’t provide a backup. Also assume the deposit is gone for now, but try to get it out of her after the wedding.