Post # 1
We booked our photographer for our June 2012 wedding back in January and he is AMAZING. He has won all sorts of awards and contests and was my big wedding splurge (25% of our budget). In January we gave him a deposit of around a thousand dollars and were going to decide if we wanted e-pics or not and then add to the deposit if we later wanted them. Well, I emailed him (our form of communication) a month ago and told him we wanted to book the e-session and I wanted to know how much more money he needed, etc. Well, three weeks went by and no response. He finally emailed me back (I emailed him twice by this point). He was very sweet and apologized for not getting back to me, said he had been having health issues and would contact me the next day regarding the e-session since he was emailing me late at night. I immediately felt horrible for being so worried considering he has been having health problems. However, another week has gone by and still no word! So, my issue is what do I do now? I feel bad that he is ill but if he is too sick to respond to emails how on earth can he photograph my wedding? Also, I have invested alot of money with him at this point with several more thousands to come in the next year – should he not be more on top of communication with me? I am so confused with what I should do! I completely understand if he is not well, but in that case give me my deposit back so I can book elsewhere before everyone else is booked… am I being selfish?
Post # 3
I wouldn’t worry about him being too ill to do your wedding – assuming your date is correct and it is a year away. He could have food poisoning, other illness, hurt himself, surgery etc. Just because he’s sick now doesn’t mean he will be a year from now.
That being said, I’d just send a simple e-mail, “Hope you’re feeling much better! I’d love to talk engagement pictures as soon as you can. Please just let me know so I can schedule around them.”
Post # 4
I am lead to believe it is something more serious because he said it to explain why it had taken him a month to get back to me. Food poisoning, etc certainly wouldn’t last that long right?
And I just feel so guilty pestering him with emails. I try and leave the ball in his court and hope he will get back to me so I don’t seem like a stalker! But I guess thats not really working…. Also, he has a blog that he used to regularly update and there hasn’t been a post since March 19th which I found really strange.
Post # 5
Even if it is more serious he will have to tell you well in advance and return your deposit. He could be very sick NOW and be perfectly fine for the wedding which is over a year away.
Post # 6
Worse comes to worse get your deposit back, hire a good but much cheaper photographer. Most couples find their watch and treasure their wedding video far more in the long run and there tend to be few pictures that they REALLY needed.
Do you want 20 pics of the wedding party together, then paired off or 2 really good pics?
Do you want 20 pics of you as a couple or a few great ones, one of which you can have blown up and framed.
Few family pics and a few candids and you are golden!
Just making lemonaid and passing down the same advice countless brides gave me “wish I spent more on the videographer and less on the photographer”
Post # 7
@EncoreBridetoBe: I would be blunt but polite. Ask him if he is currently covering his gigs or is using a sub. Also ask him what his thoughts are regarding your wedding that is a yr out. Fish for more information.