(Closed) photographer is holding my pictures hostage :(

posted 10 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
2765 posts
Sugar bee

Where is he located?  If he’s not too far away, you could always go over there and ask politely but firmly in person?

Post # 5
2765 posts
Sugar bee

If both you and your spouse haven’t had luck hearing back from him, maybe have one of your parents leave an even-handed message on his voicemail asking for an update?

Post # 6
78 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

These are the business ethics and integrity required by the WPJA:

6. Business Ethics and Communication:
The WPJA insists upon good business ethics and integrity. Members must not:
• Fail to uphold wedding contract obligations with clients.
• Ignore communication from clients.
• Fail to respond to specific communications from WPJA personnel concerning issues important to the integrity and reputation of the organization (this excludes responses to mass emails to all members).
• Communicate publicly through words (written or spoken) in a negative manner against other members or the organization as a whole.
• Establish a web-based wedding photography business that directly competes with the WPJA; a person or entity “directly competes” with the WPJA if they are engaged in the promotion of wedding photographers.

The WPJA reserves the right to terminate or revoke membership at any time if it deems that a member contravened the terms set forth by the WPJA membership requirements, standards, codes and/or guidelines.

He has already violated two of the conditions, so why not contact them? He has not done what is stated in the contract and has not communicated with you.  


Post # 7
350 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I think I responded to your earlier thread, but I’ll respond to this one too!  I would give him one more chance to get in contact with you (there is a chance, however small, that he might be out of town this week and genuinely hasn’t listened to your messages).  Leave another message, and tell him that if you do not hear from him within a week you will contact the WPJA — maybe say something like, "I don’t want to be difficult, but my photos are now 3 months overdue and I’m very concerned that you haven’t been returning my calls.  If I don’t hear back from you in a week, my next step will be to contact the WPJA and ask their advice on what to do about this situation."

If he doesn’t call back, I think you’re justified in escalating.  3 months overdue is absolutely unacceptable; the photographer has already violated the terms of your contract, and you have every right to complain to the professional organization that recommended him to you.  Also, I think you said in your last thread that you’ve talked to other people who had similar problems with this photographer — I’m sure the WPJA would want to know if they are giving their seal of approval to someone who has repeatedly broken their business ethics policy.

Also, have you tried asking any of the WeddingbeePRO photographers?  They might have some insight into how you can get your photographer to respond to your concerns without doing anything nasty like hiring a lawyer!

Post # 8
81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Read Anne Ruthman’s WeddingbeePro post on "Why do wedding photos take so long?", and then maybe contact her about your situation.  I am sure she will agree that your photographer is unprofessional, and as a photographer herself, she may be able to offer insight and advise the best way to deal with your photographer so you can get your photos! 

Post # 9
1718 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country

Perhaps ask other local brides on your local board here if they’ve used your photographer and are having similar issues?  You may not be alone and as a group perhaps there is strength in numbers for getting your pictures.  Good Luck!

Post # 10
2 posts

I got married in April and all I have gotten so far is the proof album. I am getting very impatient. She makes excuse after excuse. She is busy with other weddings, she is going thru a divorce, etc. I understand life gets in the way sometimes but seriously…. 7 months!! And she emailed me in June that she was sending the proof album come a month later I still didn’t have it. Got in contact with her and she said she forgot. I love the pictures and she was great but I’m starting to think that I made a mistake! This month will be 8 months since the wedding!! And she never mailed me the contract like she said she would. I keep trying to get answers and all I get is the run-around!!

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