(Closed) Photographer Issues/Rant

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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607 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Wow, how frustrating!  Especially since it seems like you did your homework and this guy was supposed to provide good services.  I guess look at it on the bright side and be happy that you did a series of engagement shoots with him to realize he wasn’t the one to shoot your wedding.  As frustrating as it is, I’m sure you’ll find someone who is better to work with on your wedding day!

Post # 4
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2425 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I did! See my thread http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/photographer-blew-off-a-clients-wedding-last-weekend-vent for the whole story.

In a nutshell, we found out our photographer blew off someone else’s wedding, and has failed to cough up the pictures of people’s weddings that were 5+ months ago. She stopped responding to all communication, and is being sued by tons of other people. Oh, and she filed for backruptcy too, very convenient. And this was someone who was highly recommended and didn’t have a bad review before a couple months ago.

So we booked someone else. We are losing a $750 deposit, which really stinks, but I don’t trust this woman to show up to our wedding and produce pictures. We may try to take her to small claims court, not sure if it’s worth it though.

Post # 5
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399 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Future_Sovesky: Something about a $100 deposit tells me this photographer is not a professional, or at least very new to the industry.

Post # 6
Member
358 posts
Helper bee

I am also going through something similar. You can see my new post here:

Want to change Photographers…help please!

I think my photographer has great images, but her style is moving away from what I loved when I booked her (months ago) and I worry I wont get the kind of images I envision and expect. I could ask her to shoot us in a way we would like better, but we might decide instead just to go with someone who has what we want off the bat.

We too will lose our deposit (only $200), but I think its worth the peace of mind. In the very least, the wedding day is major, and its best you found out things wont work before having him shoot your wedding.

 

Post # 7
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3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@Future_Sovesky: If you’re not happy with him & don’t like his work, than you should look into switching. I agree with BeeM, a $100 deposit doesn’t sound like a pro. Most pro photogs will ask for 1/2 or 1/3 of the total cost at contract signing, which is used as the deposit/retainer.

Also pick your photographer based on what is already in their portfolio. Bringing pictures as samples is good if its maybe 3 or 4, but if its a completely different style than the photog is used to doing, than it may not work out.

If you have a contract with this photog, make sure you speak with them or send a certified letter saying you’re canceling.

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